by Cristina Balli
Are you looking for something fun, different, unique, historical, and truly Texas to do this 4th of July? Forget the beaches and lakes; head on over to central Texas and witness a perhaps little-known tradition of the Lone Star State - church polka picnics.
Some of them have been going on for over 150 years - an annual homecoming tradition for many folks with Czech, German and Polish roots and the biggest fundraiser of the year for each of these historic churches, these picnics are steeped in tradition and meaning for central Texas communities.
|St. John the Baptist Church|
|Ennis Czech Boys in Ammannsville|
There are some websites, however, that post notices of some of these picnics on a weekly
|St. Rose of Lima, Schulenburg|
Unfortunately I won't be around for St. John's picnic on the 4th (I'll actually be at South Padre Island! But that's close to home for me, so I have a good excuse) but I do plan on being at the following church picnics. If anyone wants to join me and carpool from Austin let me know!
Happy 4th of July!
P.S. some of these picnics are held entirely outside, so just be ready for the Texas heat... they do have plenty of cold drinks (beer) for sale so you won't dehydrate.