The Traditional Czech Gowns Capable of Withstanding Texas Heat

From Texas Monthly magazine:

“Maggie Grmela has been stitching kroj, traditional Czech dresses, for over thirty-five years in her hometown of West, Texas. The dressmaker’s personal adaptation of kroj, which she makes at her shop Maggie’s Fabric Patch, evolved from a need to make costumes that allowed for comfortable dancing in the Lone Star State’s sweltering climate.

“Grmela, whose great-grandparents moved to the U.S. from the Moravia region of the Czech Republic forty-five years ago, helped launch WestFest, the town’s yearly Czech celebration. Every Labor Day Weekend, locals and parade-marchers donning kroj (pronounced “croy”) mingle amidst kolaches, polka, and good pivo (that’s Czech for beer).

“Despite long hours this week tending to last-minute kroj alterations at her shop, Grmela took a few minutes before WestFest to chat with Texas Monthly about the festival, the finer points of kroj-making, and what each part of the costume symbolizes (Grmela made three of the kroj pictured below).”

Read the complete article, including several gorgeous photos.

50th Anniversary Reunion

It’s time for another reunion!

This fall Rimbachers will gather again in Bavaria to celebrate the site’s 50th anniversary. Below is the tentative schedule for Thursday, Oct. 17 through Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019.

More information can be had on the Rimbach Vets Facebook group. If you’re not on Facebook or the group, use the form below to contact someone for more information about the reunion.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

10 AM - 11:30 AM

Visit Sektor F Museum in Bad Koetzting.

11:30 AM - 6 PM

Free time. Hike to Lichtenegg or main tower observation platform, unstructured sightseeing, shopping, hanging-out.

6 PM - 10 PM

Grillabend at Lindnerbräu in Bad Kötzting (tentative - if still in season). Otherwise, dinner at Kollmerhof in Rimbach.

Friday, October 18, 2019

10:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Visit Drachenhöhle in Furth im Wald. Tour guided by the Bürgermeister of Furth im Wald, Sandro Bauer.

12:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Lunch in Furth im Wald, Steinbruchsee or Gasthof zum Bay. Afternoon free.

6:30 PM

Evening banquet at Kollmerhof in Rimbach (maybe Thursday if no Grillabend at Lindnerbräu).

Saturday, October 19, 2019

9 AM - 6 PM

Saturday morning/afternoon: Optional activities - Walks, ski lift, Baumwipfelpfad, shopping, trip to Cerkov (Czech site).

6:30 PM - 11:30 PM

Attend 50 jähriges Bühnenjubiläum.

Sunday, October 20, 2019

8 AM

Extend visit as desired.

If you need more information check on the Rimbach Vets Facebook group or use the email form below.

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