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.
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!
Every year on Memorial Day Weekend (end May) the Czech residents of Ennis celebrate their rich cultural heritage. There is a parade, traditional music with 14 polka banks, street dancing, local crafts and traditions and of course their delicious cuisine. There is also a 5k run for fun on the Saturday for all the family to enjoy. There are free shuttle buses to the 3 Czech halls which hold a variety of entertainment over that 3 day weekend.
The Bluebonnet trails are held annually – usually the third weekend of April except when Easter falls that weekend. Three main trails are set and maps are supplied from the visitor’s centre. Because of their profuseness in this area, In 1997, Ennis was named the Official Bluebonnet Trail of Texas. There are 40 miles of areas where the bluebonnets and other wildflowers are most prominent. These cobalt blue flowers can be seen popping up everywhere and when in a cluster, produces a wonderful blue carpet. After your finish your drive you can then join the festival at downtown Ennis which goes over 3 days with local crafts, Czech food, entertainment and of course you can buy your own bags of bluebonnet seeds to take home.