Czech & Kolache Festival

NORTHEASTERN WISCONSIN CZECH & KOLACHE FESTIVAL

SATURDAY & SUNDAY AUGUST 5 & 6, 2017

What’s happening at this year’s “Czech and Kolache Festival”

NORTHEASTERN WISCONSIN CZECH /KOLACHE FESTIVAL
The Wisconsin Czech’s Inc will be offering a “Kroje Style Show” at this year’s Czech and Kolache Festival being held at the Agricultural Heritage Farm on August 5 and 6. The style show will be held on Saturday in our air conditioned pavilion and will feature costumes and clothes from our Czech ancestors that have been handed down from generation to generation.
Kroje (pronounced “kro-yeh”) (singular: kroj) are folk costumes worn by Czechs and Slovaks. Gothic influence
Is seen in tying shawls and kerchiefs on the head. Fine pleats and collar typify the Renaissance era.
From Baroque bell-shape skirts and delicate Slavic patterns, these folk costumes show the complex growth of
Czech and Slovak traditions. They are used on every special occasions.

We offer this opportunity to any person that would like to partake and would have authentic “Kroj” that
would be of Interest. You can get information by calling (920)432-1556. The Moravian Dancers from Illinois
and the Czech Choraliers will be a part of the show along with Czech music.

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Kewaunee County Wisconsin and the Agricultural Heritage Farm located five miles south of the city of Kewaunee on State Road 42 is the location of the largest Czech and Kolache festival in the Northeastern part of the state. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday August 5 & 6 at the “Heritage Farm”.

The festival begins on Saturday morning at 10:00 with the arrival of the kolaches. The Czech kolache bakers rise before sunup to begin the baking on Saturday and Sunday mornings. All of the favorite fillings are available and may be purchased individually or by the dozen at the festival. At the end of the two days, an estimated total of 12,000 kolaches will have been made and sold. The art of baking kolaches will be demonstrated by Joann Vogel on Saturday. Joann is Instructor of the popular Heritage Farm Baking Classes and she will demonstrate and give tips on making kolaches, bird dinner rolls and Cinnamon rolls. An added feature this year will be the Czech “kneecap”, small sweet dough that has an indent in the center which is covered with powdered sugar and filled with whipped cream.

Another added feature of this year’s festival will be Anna Cookova. Anna Cookva Czech Communications (ACCC) has it beginning in 2009. Anna became involved in our Czech-American communities first in Rice
Lake, WI. She began teaching Czech via community courses through the Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College, creating worksheets and teaching Czech language and culture classes in Rice Lake, a Czech Sister City, translating old family letters and journals, and helping her students reconnect with their living relatives in the Czech Republic. In 2010 she continued to translate and to offer community courses in Czech language and culture through the University of Wisconsin Sheboygan. In 2012 she started to teach in Chicago and since 2012 she has offered private Czech lessons over Skype in an effort to reach out across the United States and even to Americans living in the Czech Republic. She has attended Czech teachers’ seminars for Czech teachers in Prague, and in 2015 she became a Registered Court Interpreter for the State of Illinois Courts and has been involved with the Bohemian Lawyers Association of Chicago for several years.

This is a opportunity for families of Czech origin, Anna will be available both day’s at this year’s Czech and Kolache Festival to translate old family letters and journals that may help you reconnect with family ties in the Czech Republic. She will help with the Czech language and will offer free coupons towards her lessons on “Skype”. We feel fortunate to have her!

Kewaunee County Wisconsin and the Agricultural Heritage Farm located five miles south of the city of Kewaunee on State Road 42 is the location of the largest Czech and Kolache festival in the Northeastern part of the state. This year’s festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday August 5 & 6 at the “Heritage Farm”.

This year’s Czech and Kolache Festival is planned to be bigger and better with Czech music, singing,
Dancing, vendors, food, refreshments, a Czech Heritage Mass on Sunday followed by dinner with
A Czech menu and especially the kolaches!

An added attraction this year will be Patrick Dewane. Pat is the grandson of Lieutenant Colonel Matt
Konop, who was noted for his fighting in the Battle of the Bulge and celebrated in the Czech,
Republic for his role in the liberation of the cities of Domazlice and Pilsen in Czechoslovakia on the
End of World War II… Konop’s advance force coincidentally liberated the same Czech village where
His grandparents had lived before they immigrated to America. During the liberation, news spread throughout the region that “one of our own” had returned to free the people from six years of occupation by Nazi Germany.

Konop was born in Stangelville, Wisconsin, twenty miles southeast of Green Bay in Kewaunee County. His grandparents were peasants who had immigrated to Wisconsin in the late 1860’s from the Chodsko region in southern Bohemia, in what is now the Czech Republic. Konop was raised speaking Czech on the family farm, the oldest of 11 children, and graduated in 1924 from Kewaunee High School.

Patrick Dewane will be performing his one man show “ The Accidental Hero” on Saturday and will do narrating about his Grandfather in the Franklin Town Hall.
For additional information call: JoAnn Vogel @ 920-682-6615 or jvogel@tm.net or Orv Konop @920-660-0156. okkonop@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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