Baymont Inn and Suites
100 S I 45, Ennis, Texas, 75119, United States
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A Czech Heritage--Decorative Egg Art
A lovely lady in Czech traditional costume greeted us at the Ennis visitor's center. She was very helpful in suggesting routes to the various entertainment halls (pic #2).
As we spoke with her, I noticed a basket filled with vibrantly decorated eggs, sitting to one side of her desk. The price stated: $3 each! I began sorting through the rainbow of colors and designs, choosing four small wonders of art. What a bargain!
The decorated Easter egg is a lovely art. Each one is delicately pierced so that the yolk can be blown out of it, then beeswax is used to control where the color goes. Each egg is carefully handpainted and the designs can be extremely complex!
I was pleased to hear that my purchase will contribute towards college expenses for this dear lady's grand-daughter.
Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen
Meet the Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen! (on the left). Although she is very pretty, this title is not only a beauty contest, but is based on poise, charm, good manners, talent and dignity. In fact, the organizational website states that it is an "ethnic" pageant.
We discovered 'Miss Texas' at Knights of Columbus Hall, one of the polka venues. These two amiable young women were pleased to be asked to have their pictures taken. Isn't the little girl sweet?
The Queen must be able to speak well extemporaneously, have a wholesome appearance and make public appearances at festivals, parades and other events related to the Czech community. In other words, she's kept very busy!
The bluebonnets are also known as the wolf flower, buffalo clover, and 'el coneja' (the rabbit) and was originally named for its striking similarity to the sunbonnets of pioneer women. There is a Comanche legend which has its own origins of the bluebonnets and describes the tribe's struggle against starvation, cold, and disease. It says that the Great Spirit told the chieftains that their most treasured and special possessions should be burned and scattered to the four winds as an offering. This was overheard by a little American Indian princess who decided to sacrificed her beautiful doll with a headdress from a blue jay. The following day, where the ashes had fallen, there was a beautiful carpet of blue flowers the same shade as the blue jay's feathers.
This is a 3,570-acre impoundment on the Waxhachie Creek which is one of the largest attractions in Ellis county and offers much of the areas opportunity for water sport activities. There are boat launching ramps as well as camping and picnic areas surrounding the lake. At Highview Marina you can rent paddle boats.
%Location : 4 miles SW of Ennis on hwy 34.
Ennis, Texas--A Proud Heritage
"The National Polka Festival"
Rediscovering My Childhood
Ennis, Texas was named after a former mayor of Houston and railroad millionaire, Cornelius Ennis, in 1872. It's located along the Texas Bluebonnet Trail and is about 25 miles or a 30 minute drive from Dallas. During the "Wild West Era" it welcomed ten passenger trains a day.
Ennis has a proud Czech heritage and celebrates this distinction with an annual Polka Festival. We traveled there on Memorial Day weekend to rediscover a childhood joy, so to speak.
Many cherished memories are of family weddings on my mother's side of the family who were Polish. The old folk seemed to come alive during these special events! I remember whirling around the floor with uncles and cousins to the cheerful tunes of accordion music and laughter. Can those vivid memories be recaptured?
OH,YES--why are these people so happy? They're smiling because it's just so darn much fun!