Friday, September 9, 2011

Great Visit to Crete, NE

Our agenda for the day included the 35 mile drive down to Wilber, NE, the Czech Capitol of Nebraska. Our first stop was at the Wilber Museum with Doris Ourecky serving as our host. It had been some 15-20 years since we had visited the Museum at the time, Doris' Mother-in-law, Irma was there to show us around.  Irma was one of the founders and a driving force to get it established. Doris and others are doing a great job in further developing the wonderful collection of Czech historic items which have been contributed. We had been with Doris, her husband Lloyd, his twin brother Lawrence and Roberta at a couple Hillbilly events some years ago but hadn't seen them for probably 10 years. 
Our conversation also extended to Miroslav Dumbrovsky from the Czech Republic whom we both know. He had visited in each of our homes while in the U.S. and we had both visited he and his family in Bruno. Verlon mentioned to Doris the Czech community in Virginia. She told of the number of states that send representatives to their annual Czech Queen Contest. They have never had a contestant from Virginia but sent with him information to use in encouraging a contestant.  Frank Havel's butcher shop-bakery was our next stop. We had pork-beef bologna, caraway seed rye bread, and fruit kolachies for supper. We couldn't leave Crete without stopping at a neighborhood bar where Verlon had a Pilzner, I had a draft and Elaine drank water. We came home through Crete and had a most enjoyable afternoon and supper.

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