You may have played bingo at the famous Heights-area SPJST Lodge 88; you may certainly have enjoyed kolaches at any number of bakeries across Houston; now come and pay homage to the good folks who brought us these Houstonian favorites at the annual Czech Day Festival held this Sunday, Oct. 11 at the newly remodeled Czech hall at 1435 Beall St.
This Sunday's festivities kick off at 11:30 a.m. with a lunch that runs until 2 p.m. and features homemade pork loin with dressing, potatoes, green beans, bread and more. The $8 cost ($4 for high school students and younger) also includes iced tea, but you can purchase sauerkraut, cabbage rolls and sausage-on-a-stick for a few bucks more. Various desserts, including strudel and real-deal kolaches (the sweet, dimpled yeast rolls topped with fruit and/or preserves) will also be for sale, made from scratch by the Lodge 88 Birthday Club Sisters. And, naturally, the pivo—that's beer—will be flowing.
In addition to the Czech feast, the lodge will be offering free entertainment from noon to 2 p.m. in the form of the SPJST Lodge 88 Czech Concert Orchestra and the lodge's own chorus and folk dancers. The lodge will start charging a $10 cover after 2 p.m., when The Lost Cause takes the stage in the main ballroom for a dance that runs until 6 p.m.
Just six weeks ago, I attended a fundraiser for St. Mary Catholic Church at Hostyn Hill in Ellinger, one of the oldest Czech churches in the area, so trust me when I tell you that the Texas Czech diaspora throws a heck of a party. I especially appreciate the opportunity to waltz off the calories consumed in kolaches alone. I suspect that, Czech heritage in your blood or not, you will too.
Czech Day Festival, Oct. 11, 11:30-6, 1435 Beall St., lodge88.org