“Czech and Slovak Cultural Heritage”

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Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU)

jointly with the

American Czech-Slovak Cultural Club of North Miami (ACSCC)

announce a

Special Conference and Festival

bearing on

“Czech and Slovak Cultural Heritage”

North Miami, Florida, 17-20 March 2005


The Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU), in conjunction with the American Czech-Slovak Cultural Club of North Miami, Florida will hold their annual meeting on March 17-20, 2005 on the southeast coast of sunny Florida. This meeting is significant because it will help to establish an annual Czech and Slovak Heritage Festival in Florida for everyone in the United States to enjoy. This is the time of the year when the weather in Florida is exceptionally nice so that you can combine the visit with a family vacation.

The program will include a combination of scholarly presentations and creative works. The program will focus on the rich preservation of the Czech and Slovak culture including literature, music, dance, folklore, folk art, ethnic history, and preservation of cultural treasures. Featured artists and lecturers include legendary Czech singer Waldemar Matuška, Czech Ambassador Martin Palouš, Slovak Ambassador Rastislav Kacer, Czech country and western singer Larry Morava, Slovak folk dancers from Masaryktown, Florida, Europa Band from Orlando, Czech folk singers from Key West, Dr. Joseph Patrouch Professor of History at Florida International University (FIU), Howard Kaminsky, Professor Emeritus of Medieval History from FIU and Helene Cincebeaux internationally recognized Czech and Slovak folk dress expert. Other Heritage events planned include ethnic food and craft demonstrations, folk art booths, ethnic food tasting, an accordion jamboree, and last but not least, the Miss Czech & Slovak Florida Pageant.

We are seeking additional speakers who are knowledgeable about the major theme of the Conference: “Czech and Slovak Cultural Heritage”. Although the focus will be on Czechs and Slovaks in America, we would welcome papers on the Czech and Slovak legacy, in general. and the “Old Country’s” historical traditions that transcend almost a Millennium.

Location of the Conference & Festival: American Czech-Slovak Cultural Club, 13325 Arch Creek Road North Miami, FL 33181; Phone: (305) 891-9130. Your meals will be served here. They hired an outstanding Chef from the Czech Republic and we highly recommend you take all your meals here, including the breakfast.

Accommodations are available at Holiday Inn, 12210 Biscayne Blvd. NE , North Miami, FL 33181; Phone: (305) 891-7350; 800-HOLIDAY. We have reserved a block of rooms for our participants and negotiated a very reasonable price of $65 per room plus 13 % tax. This is a relatively low price, considering that March is in the midst of the tourist season. You should reserve your room soon because the number of available rooms is limited. They are holding the rooms until 31 January 2005. Our contact person there is Sandra Codogno. When you talk to her, mention that you are with SVU.

For those who would like to spend a few extra days on Florida beaches after our conference, we have made special arrangements with Best Western Oceanfront Resort in the Surfside/Bal Harbour section of Miami Beach, 9365 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33154; Phone: (800) 327-1412. The resort offers suites fully equipped with a kitchen, living room area, and bedroom. Two pools, one a heated outdoor pool and the other outdoors which will provide guests with ample opportunity to enjoy swimming in March. A continental breakfast is included in the package, as well as free parking. The rate per night will be $109.00 plus 11.5% tax.

A warm invitation goes out to everyone to visit the Sunshine State, bid farewell to winter, welcome the spring, and participate in this important new cultural tradition. There is little time left, so we’ll need to move fast. We have to complete our lecture program as soon as possible and would therefore appreciate it very much if the interested speakers would contact us right away. We also need to know the number of persons planning to attend the Conference so that we can reserve sufficient number of rooms in the motel. Since this is in the middle of the tourist season, accommodations may not be easy to find. It is imperative therefore that you return the Preregistration Form, as well as the Speaker’s Form, to us a.s.a.p.

I look forward to seeing you in Florida.

SVU President

Vydavatelem Českého dialogu je Mezinárodní český klub

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