The Ennis Czech Boys and The Long Road to Praha
Thousands descended on the tiny village of Praha on Monday, Aug. 15, for the 167th annual Pražská Pout at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The day celebrates the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The yearly observance was truly of feast brimming with food, music, and fun. It also serves as a homecoming for the many people of Czech descent whose ancestors came through Praha. During the full day of devotion, fried chicken and stew, dancing, games, and friendship thousands of celebrants enjoyed the relatively nice weather to celebrate their friendships and relations.
Polka Lovers Club of America
The Texas Polka News was started by Julius Tupa of Houston in 1987 with the mission to preserve and promote polka music and dance. When Julius passed away in 2002, his wife, Marie, continued as publisher, and Julius' friend, John Rivard, took the reins as volunteer editor. John stepped down as editor in June 2014, and Marie sold the paper to Theresa Cernoch Parker, who resumed publishing in September 2014. In addition to polka, the paper covers other dance hall music including Country, Western Swing, and Cajun, and celebrates live music, such as Opry, across the state.
About the images – most of these images are from the Roger Kolar collection as explained below. Others are from the McKee archives.