Join us at the Houby Days Parade!

You won’t want to miss the 42nd Annual Houby Days Festival and Parade this year!  The parade is  Saturday, May 18, beginning at 10:00 a.m. and will start in NewBo and end in Czech Village.  Nearly 60 entries are on hand for this year’s parade, include lots of flag waving, Czech-Slovak queens from across the country, clowns, bands, marching units and lots of surprises!  We hope to see you there!

photo/Cindy Hadish

photo/Cindy Hadish

Folk artist to visit Cedar Rapids, share art of egg decoration during Houby Days


The Czech Heritage Foundation of Iowa is sponsoring Czechoslovakian born Lenka Glassner, renowned folk artist and author, from the San Francisco Bay Area of California during the Houby Days festival.  Making her first ever visit to the Midwest, she is coming to share ancient skills and techniques passed through generations.  There will be a free afternoon of art on Monday, May 20, 2019, beginning 1:30 PM at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids. Classes are also available at two different times on Monday for those who wish to learn the art of egg decoration.

While here, she will take you on a journey of the colorful history, methods and traditions of Moravian egg art etching, including demonstration and a vast display of egg works of art, which will be available for purchase.  In addition, Lenka will be discussing her book “Czeching In”.

For more information about the paid classes and to register, visit

St. Joseph's Day Dance scheduled for Sunday, March 24!

The annual St. Joseph's Day Dance will be held at the Ponderosa Ballroom, 195 First St. South, in Walford, Iowa, from 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 24, 2019.

Enjoy live music by Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen, a silent auction, bake sale, and raffle prizes. Food available for purchase from Connie's Catering.

Tickets are just $10 each and are available at the door. All proceeds benefit the youth programs of the Czech Heritage Foundation.

Miss Czech Slovak-Iowa Applications Due

Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa applications are due January 31, 2019. In this cultural competition, women aged 16-25 compete for the title of Miss Czech-Slovak Iowa at the annual Houby Days Festival in May. The competition includes a public and private interview with each contestant, a talent competition, and a kroj modeling competition. The winner of this pageant goes on to represent the state of Iowa in the National Miss Czech-Slovak Pageant held in Wilber, NE.For more information about the pageant, click here.

Czech Heritage Foundation Annual Membership Potluck and Meeting

All members are invited to the Czech Heritage Foundation Annual Membership Potluck and Meeting on February 5, 2019. The potluck will begin at 6:30pm and the meeting at 7:00pm. Both will be held at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library.If you have not renewed your membership for 2019, you may do so at the meeting. Membership is only $10.00 per person per year.We hope to see you there!