Upcoming Events

2017

February 25th -The 11th Annual Masopust 2017
Doors open at 12:00 noon- Serving dinner at 6:00 PM
Protivin Community Center, 103 S Main Street, Protivin, IA

Tickets $35, advance sales only. Barefoot BeckyBand will perform.

(click here to view event poster)

Past Events

2016

June 11th -Cemetery Gravestone Preservation Workshop
on June 11th, 2016 from 10am – 4pm at Holy Trinity Cemetery in Protivin, IA
This is a “hands on” workshop on gravestone preservation. The goal is to get folks interested in preserving gravestones, with various topics to be covered, including stone cleaning, appropriate materials to use for cleaning. The workshop will be held.

August 5th - 6th- Concert by Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon and Alice Fiedlerova
Dr. Dixon and Ms. Fiedlerova display artistry on the organ and piano with their four hands performances.See www.joandeveedixon.com for more information. Concert date and time details to follow.

August 20th - 21st- “Journey for Freedom” Presentations during Czech Days in Protivin, IA
Peter Vodenka will present his riveting story, “Journey for Freedom”, the amazing true story of how he planned and executed the escape of his family from a communist country. His defection to the United States was the beginning of their new life of freedom. For additional information about Peter, visit wwwpetervodenka.com. Additional details to follow.

April 17th - Spring Concert
The concert will be at the Immanuel Lutheran Church, 305 2nd Ave West in Cresco, IA. It will begin promptly at 2 P.M. on April 17, 2016. As with all the concerts presented by the CHP,  the program will include a piece with strong ties to Czech Culture and Heritage; this year featuring Josef Suk’s Piano Quartet in A Minor – Opus 1. This year’s event is FREE thanks to a generous financial gift from the Government of the Czech Republic Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the generosity of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cresco, Iowa, and  the dedicated efforts of the CHP.
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February 6th - Annual Masopust 2016
This annual Czech Mardi Gras will be held a the Expo in Cresco, IA. The Jim Busta Band will perform. Visit their website for more details about the band... www.jimbustaband.com.

(click here to view event poster)

2015

August 14th to 16th - Czech Days 2015
in Protivin, IA
Mark your calendars and plan to attend this annual event. 

August 15th to 16th - Family History and Document Center (FHDC) Open House

The Czech Heritage Partnership will host an open house at the FHDC from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15th 2015 and from 10:00 a.m.to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 16th 2015.  The FHDC is located on Main Street in Protivin, IA.

August 15th to 16th - Czech Crafts and Traditions

The Czech Heritage Partnership (CHP) is proud to present Czech Crafts and Traditions, a series of presentations and demonstrations, to be held on August 15th, 2015 and August 16th, 2015.

Annual Christmas Party InvitationThis free event features Daniela Sipkova-Mahoney, an Egg Artist and Cultural Educator, who fled Czechoslovakia in 1980 and came to the United States in 1982.  She carries on the rich tradition of Czech crafts passed down from her grandmother. The two-day event features presentations on Czech holiday traditions and demonstrations of crafts associated with the holidays.

Demonstrations include Czech egg decorating, wheat weaving, paper craft, and dough ornaments. A Czech Crafts for Kids area is also featured, including paper crafts and a coloring project for children. Whether you are a crafter with an interest in new crafts you want to learn more about the rich history of the Czech holiday traditions, this event is for you.

The event will be held at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home, 123 North Main St., Protivin, IA. Event hours are 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 15th and 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 16th. Decorated eggs, books, and other gift items will be available for sale, including personalizing with names and messages, during the event (click here to view event poster)

February7th - 9th Annual Masopust 2015
This annual Czech Mardi Gras will be held at the Expo in Cresco, Ia. Malek’s Fisherman Band and the Domaci Czech Folk dancers will perform.

Malek’s Fisherman Band is one of the finest polka bands in the Midwest; and continues the great tradition of dance music excellence started by Syl Malek in the 1930's with Malek Bros. Accordion Band. The modern Malek's Fishermen Band plays a wide range of dance music that includes the traditional old tyme polkas, waltzes, two-steps, and schottisches as well as country, big band, dixieland, and other dance hall favorites. Visit their website for more details: www.maleksfishermen.com.

The Domácí (Hometown) Czech Folk Dancers started in 2000. Their mission is to preserve Czech customs and traditions through music, dance and song. They promote this through dance performances done with precision, accuracy and enthusiasm. The costumes (kroje) are imported folk dress from southern Bohemia, where the majority of the communities' ancestors originate. The choreography is modeled from traditional dances and performed to authentic Czech folk music. The authentic folk music includes instruments native of the Czech Republic as the dudy (Czech bagpipe) and the dulcimer. Viisit their Facebook page for more information: www.facebook.com/DomaciCzechFolkDancers

Click here for 9th Annual Masopust event poster with details.

March 29th - Spring Concert
Emmanuel Lutheran, Cresco, IA
Details to follow.

December 13th - Annual Christmas Party
at noon, 133 S Main Street, Protivin, Iowa
Tickets are $15. until November 30th.
click here for event invitation

Friday, September 26th - Druha Trava
Details on time and venue to follow. Visit the following website for information about the group: www.druhatrava.us

See event poster for details.


Saturday, October 18th - Domazlicka Dudacka Muzika Concert
Domažlice Bagpipe Band has been among the leading ensembles performing various styles of bagpipe (dudy) music of the Chod region for more than fifteen years. The long-time endeavor of the Domažlice Bagpipe Band has been to perform the original folk music from the region of Chodsko. Various songbooks and anthologies collected during the nineteenth century by folk culture revivalists, primarily Jindřich Jindřich, serve as sources and inspiration for the band’s arrangements.

Time and venue details to follow.

Visit the following website for information about the group: www.dudacka.cz/en/biography

36th Annual Czech Days 2014 in Protivin
August 15th - 17th

“Accidental Hero”

presented by Patrick Dewane
Saturday August 16th at 1:30p p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home
Sunday, August 17th at 1:00 p.m.
at Hindt-Hudek Funeral 
This is a one-man play about history, the reality of war and the mystery of heroes. Patrick Dewane tells the true story of his grandfather, a man whose seemingly goofy CB radio-handle during the 1970’s - “The Accidental Hero” - was really a clue to his incredible story as a WWII Czech-American soldier fighting in the forests of his family’s ancient homeland.

Patrick Dewane’s grandfather refused to tell stories about his service in WW II, yet when he died his basement yielded a trope of typewritten accounts, photos and rare film footage.  Dewane brings this archival material to glowing life in a one-man, multimedia show that offers an enthralling, humorous and heartwarming tale of miraculous escapes and astonishing coincidences.  He takes on a dozen different roles as he powerfully recounts his grandfather’s journey through the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of Czechoslovakia and the poignant re-discovery of his own roots.”
LISA BROCK, MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

Concert by Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon and Alice Fiedlerova

Saturday, August 16th at 3:45 p.m.
in Holy Trinity Church

Dr. Dixon and Ms. Fiedlerova display artistry on the organ and piano with their four hands performances.

See www.joandeveedixon.com and www.joandeveedixon.com/Fielder.php for more information.

Family History and Document Center (FHDC) Open House

Saturday, August 16th and Sunday, August 17th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Visit the FHDC located on Main Street in Protivin to learn more about the resources and services available. Staff will be available to assist you with any research and questions you may have. Refreshments will be served.

Other events and activities during the Czech Days celebration:

Friday, August 15th:

6:00 p.m.   Volleyball and Softball Tourneys begin
6:30 – 8:30 p.m Tim’s Mobile Music in the Community Center
After Softball games
to 12:00 a.m.
DJ Kelly Johnson at the Ballpark

Saturday, August 16th:

8:00 a.m. Volleyball Tourney
8:30 a.m. Softball Tourney
9:00 a.m. Bean Bag Tourney
9:00 a.m.   Country Store, Community Center
11:00 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m. Antique Tractor and Car Show
11:30 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m. “Community Band”, Main Tent
12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m.  Kid Again Inflatable Fun Show
1:00 – 4 p.m. Cake Walk
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. “Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen”
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Czech Singers”, Church
5:45 p.m. Mass with “Czech Choir”
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. “Tim’s Mobile Music”, Main Tent
9:00pm – 1:00 a.m. “Farm Rock”, Main Tent
                                                

Sunday, August 17th:

9:00 a.m. Softball Tourney
10:00 a.m. Country Store, Community Center
10:00 a.m. Southeast Area Tractor Pullers, Ball Park
10:30 a.m. Polka Mass, “Jim Bust Band with Mollie B”
11:00 a.m. Fireman’s Water Ball, City Park
11:30 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m. “Community Band”, Main Tent
12:00 Noon Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull
12:00 Noon Kids Activities
1:00 – 6:00 p.m. “Jim Bust Band with Mollie B”, Main Tent
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cake Walk
6:30 p.m. Quilt and Parish Raffle, Main Tent

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MASOPUST Pre-Lent Carnival (Czech-Style Mardi Gras)

8th Annual Masopust 2014

Mark your calendar for March 1, 2014!

RFD-TV's Polka Party hostess Mollie B & SqueezeBox Band will perform at our 8th annual celebration. This year Masoopust will be held at Howard County Iowa Fairgrounds' EXPO Center, 314 W 7th Street, just north of Highway 9 in Cresco, Iowa. Doors open at 11:30 AM. Beside great Mollie B music for polka dancing, there will be a full Czech meal served at 5:45 PM, Czech Skit by our CHP actors, silent & live auctions and more. It's always a fantastic afternoon of entertainment. Make sure to join us again (or the first time) for old-world, pre-Lenten Czech style carnival! CHP guarantees a great time.

Masopust is a traditional Czech Carnival (Mardi Gras Style) before Lent. The Czech Heritage Partnership has organized and sponsored a revival of Masopust in the northeast Iowa region.

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December 8 - The Kat Trio in Concert
at 2:00 PM in St. Wenceslaus Church, Spillville
Featuring The Kat Trio (piano, violin & clarinet). Tickets are $15.00 per person, children admitted free with paid adult, college students free with ID. Doors open at 1:30 PM. (view event poster)

October 22 - Druha Trava
at 7:00 PM, Community Center in Protivin
Druha Trava
continues to be acclaimed as one of the best, if not THE best band in the Czech Republic and they are always a hit when they visit us.
(view event poster)

August 16-18 - Alice Fiedlerova o Prague and Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon
during Czech Days in Protivin, IA
Dr. Dixon and Ms. Fiedlerova wowed the Czech Day attendees with a fantastic display of artistry on the organ and piano in Holy Trinity Church; their four hands performances of Dvorak’s Slavic Dances will be remembered by everyone for years to come. The CHP is very pleased to be a part of Czech Days in Protivin, and ever so thankful we can bring Dr. Dixon and Ms. Fiedlerova back for an encore performance. There will also be other local performances by Dr. Dixon and Ms. Fiedlerova – times and dates will be available in the near future. See www.joandeveedixon.com and www.joandeveedixon.com/Fielder.php for more information.

April 7 - Spring Concert
at 2:00 PM in St. Wenceslaus Church, Spillville
This event will be the second Spring Concert collaboration between the CHP and the Luther College Music Department and is the latest of several efforts by the two entities to promote culture and heritage in Northeast Iowa and make great music affordable and accessible to everyone in our area. See event poster for more information.

April 19 - Validslav Blaha Concert
at 7:30 PM Hotel Winneshiek's Teyer Oera House
104 East Water Street, Decorah, Iowa

Vladislav Blaha, Czech classical guitarist, is returning to our area after a four year absence– see vlblaha.sky.cz for more information. The CHP intends to make his return a very special night out and one to remember for many years to come. See event poster for more information.

February 9 - 7th Annual Masopust
Community Center in Protivin
See event poster for details

2012

August 18 - Piano Concert
Joan DeVee Dixon will partner with Alice Fiedlerova of Prague to perform a duo – Holly Trinyty Church, Protivin, IA – August 18, 2012 at 3:45 PM

(view event poster)

April 15 - Quintet
St. Wenceslaus we will present a quintet composed of 5 Luther College professors
See event poster for details.

February 18 - 6th Annual Masopust
Community Center in Protivin
See event poster for details.

2011

March 5 - Fifth Annual Masopust
Beginning at 1 PM a full day and evening of food, music, dancing, fun and theater

April 8 - Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Concert
St. Wenceslaus Church in Spillville, Iowa

August 19-21 - 33rd Annual Czech Days in Protivin, IA

September 1 - Camera Chabra (Czech Choir)
Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Protivin, Iowa - on September 1, 2011 at 7:00pm
(view event poster)

September 24 - Piano Concert
Czech heritage polka mass: Our very own Joan DeVee Dixon will partner with Alice Fiedlerova of Prague to perform a duo – pianist program in St. Wenceslaus – Spillville – on September 24, 2011 at 5 PM

(view event poster)

October 22 - Druha Trava
Community Center in Protivin. Druha Trava continues to be acclaimed as one of the best, if not THE best band in the Czech Republic and they are always a hit when they visit us
.
(view
event poster)

2010

February 13 - 4-th Annual Masopust

April 3 - Mushroom Picker and Accidental Army
"a Blockbuster Double Event..." (view event poster)

May 9 - Mother's Day Brunch (view event poster)

July 10 - Czech Heritage Mass (Joan DeVee Dixon)

August 21, 22 - 36-th Annual Czech Days

September 4, 5 - 150 years of St. Wenceslaus Church

October 29 - Druhá Tráva (view event poster)

December 18 - Christmas Concert in St. Wenceslaus Church
(view event poster)

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