Sokol, a group of athletes from Northern Virginia, will perform at this year’s Virginia Czech & Slovak Folklife Festival. The Sokol movement was founded in 1862 as an all-age gymnastic organization in Prague, spread across the regions of Europe populated by the Slavic culture and to the United States, where there were 13 chapters in 1878. The member units of the American Sokol offer physical training in gymnastics and other athletics and promote cultural awareness and family oriented activities.”
Now in its fourth year, the festival celebrates the Czech & Slovak families who came to this region in the late 1800s and settled on farmland abandoned after the Civil War. Attendees can enjoy the fellowship, authentic Czech/Slovak food, including cabbage rolls with traditional Kolaches and other Czech pastries for dessert; music by the Village Musicians Band; singing by the Czech Singers; polka dancing, traditional crafts; farm life displays and special activities for children.
Attendees will also be able to see the Czech and Slovak Immigration Gallery at the Prince George County Regional Heritage Center. Debuting last year, the gallery features floor-to-ceiling panels with images donated by local residents that bring the immigrants’ story to life. The gallery also includes traditional Czech-Slovak costumes and art objects.