Czech Folklore Show

On Saturday evening we got a taste of some traditional Czech cuisine, music, and dance.  The “hall” where the event takes place was a little outside of the main part of Prague, so it was extra nice that the show offers roundtrip transportation to and from your hotel.  Since it was an all-you-can-drink event, and the legal driving BAC limit in the Czech Republic is a smart and seemingly obvious 0.00 %, it was an extra nice incentive!

Russ and Lauren Outside of the Folklore Hall

We were greeted at the door with shots of Honey Wine and servers in traditional Czech costumes.  We walked into a warm-colored space filled with long wooden tables and walls and ceiling adorned with traditional tools, cooking devices, animal furs, and instruments. 

Inside the Folklore Show

The Ceiling

We were led to our table which was reserved with our name…sort of.

Mrs. Lauren.....Barca?

When seated, we toasted our wine with our neighbors, visitors from France, and enjoyed our cozy seats in the lodge. 

Prost!

Soon enough the music began.  The hall was filled with the driving beats of traditional Czech music courtesy of a bassist, violinist, violist, and dulcimer player.  They also doubled as singers!

The Music Corner

Add the Musicians

Our host introduced us to many traditional Czech tunes and also called on the dancers to demonstrate some Czech folk dancing.  As any performer knows, it’s most difficult to get the crowd warmed up in the beginning, espeically when you want them to participate.  We quickly became our hostesses favorite guests because of our willingness to go along with the “shtick.”  Within no time, some familiar faces were taking part in the dances.

Czech Folk Dance

More Dancing

Dinner was also served in the traditional style.  Big pots and bowls were brought to the table, and we dished ourselves the filling homestyle cuisine.  We started with soup and bread and later moved onto the main course.  A large crock of different meats was placed on the table: ham, pork, chicken legs, and others with different types of potatoes lining the bottom.  We also had coleslaw on the side.  The flavors and menu were very reminiscent of  what we enjoy at Grandma and Grandpa McCullough’s house.  Yum!

Soup Time!

The Main Course

After some more singing and dancing and some fantastic dulcimer playing, we were asked to share a folk song from our home country.  We heard songs from France, Portugal, Greece, and of course the US.  Lauren and Daryl fought the urge to belt a tune from Broadway, and instead we sang the classic “Take me Out to the Ball Game” and asked the other few Americans to join in. 

The Folklore Hall

While Lauren was using the restroom, Russ and Daryl played with props from the show including the broom from a specific dance and an instrument made of a pitcher and horse hair, called the farnfnoch, that sounded more like passing gas than anything remotely musical. The pitcher is clay and has stretched hide over the top with horsehair threated through it.  You play it by running wetted fingers along the hair. 

Daryl and the Bachelor's Broom

The "Instrument"

It was a great night, but little did we know that our cultural experience did not end with the show.  We all were slightly uncomfortable with our driver flying down the streets of Prague, passing cars on the left, and texting on his cell phone.  We were more uncomfortable when a police car pulled in front of the van and the “Pull Over” sign lit up.  Uh oh!

3 Americans Sitting in the Van Hoping to avoid Czech's Penal System

Daryl Surreptitiously Takes Pictures by Coughing Over the Shutter Sound while Russ Gives Disapproving Glances

Luckily we arrived home safely that night, relieved and amused.  A night full of new and old Czech traditions!
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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Mom on November 22, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Sounds like a lot of fun! Thanks for making us feel as if we were there. Sadly, we were not!

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  2. Posted by Dad on November 22, 2010 at 1:43 am

    Cool. Looks like fun.

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  3. Posted by Uncle D on November 25, 2010 at 6:30 am

    ah great memories! 😉

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    • Posted by gram/pop on November 30, 2010 at 8:57 pm

      Hi Tramps….Enjoying your Prague pictures, didn;t know one could go up the clock tower. Did you get to right the trams? We found it a great way to get around and see the city. What was the out come when you were pulled over by the police car? Reminds us of the toime we were in Rome. We were going to dinner in Trasteverer. Taxi from our hotel took about a half hour..coming back it took us twelve minutes..same route, difference being now about midnight, young taxi driver with an Afa Romero weaving in and out, sitting on a guys bumper, and all this time we are having a conversation. And ya know what! Gram enjoyed it.

      Had a nice Thanksgiving. Enjoyed Alden, missed you two tramps, but looking forward to seeing you at Christmastime. Gram and I are hosting the BIG DIN for the whole FAM DAMILY. Be there!!!

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