Fifth Annual Masopust -
2011 - Czech Mardi Gras
A traditional Czech Celebration
before Lent
(Protivin, Iowa-March 5, 2011)- To say a Good Time was had by all
would be an understatement.  The Music and entertainment was top
notch, the food was out of this world, the Pivo flowed, and the Good
Times Rolled during the fifth annual Masopust Celebration at the
Protivin Community Center on Saturday March 5, 2011.
Masopust is the traditional Czech Celebration before Lent and the one
in Protivin is put on by the Czech Heritage Partnership, which is made
up of a group of Czech People from the area including Protivin and
Two Large buses bused in people from the Cedar Rapids area.  Others
came from all over Minnesota, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Iowa, and
other places.
The Gordy Prochaska Little Fisherman Orchestra out of the
Montgomery and New Prague area of Minnesota provided the music
throughout the day.  Svetlusky a Czech Youth ensemble from Cedar
Rapids  performed .  The Famed Protivin Czech Choir also displayed its
talents with several Czech Songs during the afternoon.
After a traditional Czech Meal was served featuring Breaded Pork
Cutlets, Czech Sausage(Jitrnice), Dumplings, Poppy seed Cake, and
more the CHP Players presented the skit "Pursuit of the Thief".  There
were also other Czech favorites such as Zelniky and Kolace served
throughout the event.
Also, The second annual Joseph J. and Martha M. Pecinovsky
Scholarship was presented to Calsey Schwamman a Turkey Valley
senior from Fort Atkinson, Iowa.  Live and Silent Auctions were also
part of the event.
Driten, Czech Republic is the honored village for 2011 and the music
during the Masopust event was sponsored in part by support from the
Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic.
  • The Czech Heritage Partnership is already planning the 2012
    event.  You should be planning to attend for a Good Time!
The video from the event featuring music from the Gordy Prochaska
Orchestra, The Czech Youth Ensemble, The Protivin Czech Choir,
words of wisdom from Ken Zajicek, videos, and more. Enjoy the video
and photos and don't forget to tell others about this report and site.
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