European Christmas provides a world of fun

Chosen as the 2013 Czech Heritage Junior Royalty are, from left, Madeline Clara Svoboda, Sarah Stresnak, Katrina Reeder and Michaela Goettl. The four were crowned during the Sunday, Dec. 2, European Christmas Boutique in New Prague. They will represent the area at parades and Czech festivals throughout Minnesota and other states. To see more photos click on the blue button to your right. Patrick Fisher Photo

Patrick Fisher, Staff Writer

People attending the Third Annual European Christmas Boutique could almost say they traveled around the world without leaving New Prague. The event, held Sunday, Dec. 2, at the American Legion Park Ballroom, included entertainment and vendors representing various countries. There was dancing, stories and representatives of culture from the Czech Republic, Ireland, Poland, Germany, Norway, Sweden and others. Locally people came from New Prague, Montgomery, Lonsdale, Shakopee and the Twin Cities Metro Area. The European Christmas event was sponsored by State Bank of New Prague and hosted by the Czech Heritage Club. A highlight was the coronation of the 2013 Czech Heritage Junior Royalty. They were: Michaela Goettl, daughter of John and Colleen Goettl, Katrina Reeder, daughter of Jim and Mindy Reeder, Sarah Stresnak, daughter of Ken and Patty Stresnak and Madeline Clara Svoboda, daughter of Craig and Maryann Svoboda. Accompanying them to events will be 2013 Little Sister Grace Tumasmith, daughter of Chris and Maryann Tumasmith and Little Brother Joe Jirik, son of Duane and Amy Jirik. The six will represent the area at parades and festivals over the next year. Outgoing 2012 Ambassadors Tatum Kubes, Izak Jirik, Grace Kubista and Nathan Palma remarked how the last year had helped them learn more about their Czech heritage, its traditions and be role models. For them one of the best moments of the year was attending the reopening of the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library in Cedar Rapids, IA. About four years ago a flood damaged the museum.