Letter: Kolache here in your back yard

Published 11:52 pm Wednesday, August 1, 2018

I read with interest your July 31, 2018, Tribune column “Ever heard of Kolacky Days? Check it out.”

You don’t have to go all the way to Montgomery to get kolache. You can get them and “Czech out” the annual Fall Czech Fest at the Brick Hall, three miles north of Myrtle on Freeborn County Road 30 (850th Avenue). This fun two-day festival given by WFLA Lodge No. 44 celebrates all things Czechoslovakian: Starting at noon Saturday, Sept. 8, with food, beverages, baked goods, great music by Mollie B and the Jim Busta Band, dancing on a wooden dance floor, a silent auction featuring Czech items from the Krikava collection, Czech/Slovak traditional costumes (kroje), and kids activities. Then, Sunday, Sept. 9, is a 10:30 a.m. service with the Rev. James Krikava, (head of Missouri Synod Lutheran missions in Eurasia and now also Asia) coming from Prague, Czech Republic and backed by Mollie B and the band, followed by a Czech meal available for purchase and more music and dancing in the afternoon. Watch for posters and advertisements in Albert Lea and surrounding communities. Get tickets from Cafourek Insurance Agency, Hunter’s Bar in Myrtle or Geneva Bar and Grill, or call 507-383-1340 for info. (Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the gate — good for both days.) Proceeds benefit restoration and care of the 109-year-old Brick Hall, and donations are made throughout the year to many worthy organizations by Western Fraternal Life Association Lodge No. 44. Check out Bohemian Brick Hall on Facebook. It is one of only a few WFLA lodge halls still standing and is on the National Register of Historic Places. You can watch excerpts from last year’s Czech Fest online, KSMQ-TV “Off 90,” episode 909.

Bonnie Belshan

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Lodge No. 44 correspondent