Protivin, Iowa

36th Annual Czech Days 2014 in Protivin – August 15th - 17th

“Accidental Hero”

presented by Patrick Dewane
Saturday August 16th at 1:30p p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  at Hindt-Hudek Funeral Home
Sunday, August 17th at 1:00 p.m. at Hindt-Hudek Funeral 
This is a one-man play about history, the reality of war and the mystery of heroes. Patrick Dewane tells the true story of his grandfather, a man whose seemingly goofy CB radio-handle during the 1970’s - “The Accidental Hero” - was really a clue to his incredible story as a WWII Czech-American soldier fighting in the forests of his family’s ancient homeland.

Patrick Dewane’s grandfather refused to tell stories about his service in WW II, yet when he died his basement yielded a trope of typewritten accounts, photos and rare film footage.  Dewane brings this archival material to glowing life in a one-man, multimedia show that offers an enthralling, humorous and heartwarming tale of miraculous escapes and astonishing coincidences.  He takes on a dozen different roles as he powerfully recounts his grandfather’s journey through the Battle of the Bulge, the liberation of Czechoslovakia and the poignant re-discovery of his own roots.”  

Concert by Dr. Joan DeVee Dixon and Alice Fiedlerova

Saturday, August 16th at 3:45 p.m.  in Holy Trinity Church
Dr. Dixon and Ms. Fiedlerova display artistry on the organ and piano with their four hands performances.

See and for more information.

Family History and Document Center (FHDC) Open House

Saturday, August 16th and Sunday, August 17th from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Visit the FHDC located on Main Street in Protivin to learn more about the resources and services available. Staff will be available to assist you with any research and questions you may have. Refreshments will be served.

Other events and activities during the Czech Days celebration:

Friday, August 15th:

6:00 p.m.    Volleyball and Softball Tourneys begin
6:30 – 8:30 p.m Tim’s Mobile Music in the Community Center
After Softball games
to 12:00 a.m.
DJ Kelly Johnson at the Ballpark

Saturday, August 16th:

8:00 a.m.Volleyball Tourney
8:30 a.m. Softball Tourney
9:00 a.m. Bean Bag Tourney
9:00 a.m.   Country Store, Community Center
11:00 a.m.  – 3:00 p.m. Antique Tractor and Car Show
11:30 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m. “Community Band”, Main Tent
12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m.  Kid Again Inflatable Fun Show
1:00 – 4 p.m. Cake Walk
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. “Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen”
3:00 – 3:30 p.m.  Czech Singers”, Church
5:45 p.m. Mass with “Czech Choir”
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. “Tim’s Mobile Music”, Main Tent
9:00pm – 1:00 a.m. “Farm Rock”, Main Tent

Sunday, August 17th:

9:00 a.m.   Softball Tourney
10:00 a.m. Country Store, Community Center
10:00 a.m. Southeast Area Tractor Pullers, Ball Park
10:30 a.m. Polka Mass, “Jim Bust Band with Mollie B”
11:00 a.m. Fireman’s Water Ball, City Park
11:30 a.m.  – 1:00 p.m. “Community Band”, Main Tent
12:00 Noon Kid’s Pedal Tractor Pull
12:00 Noon Kids Activities
1:00 – 6:00 p.m. “Jim Bust Band with Mollie B”, Main Tent
1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Cake Walk
6:30 p.m. Quilt and Parish Raffle, Main Tent

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See pictures from Past events in our picture Gallery section...


* Free admissions to all dances

Serving Hours at the Community Center

Friday: 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday: 10:30 AM to 5:30 PM


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