A West End Community Celebration
Butch Thompson’s Mardi Gras Tea Dance
New! CSPS 125 Commemorative Program (.pdf file, 20 pages, low resolution)
A West End community production
The Masquerade Ball featured Butch Thompson's Hiawatha Jazz Band playing New Orleans style jazz, Bob Parker's menu of jambalaya, red beans and rice, and vegetarian gumbo! Over 20 West End and Sokol volunteers and hundreds of guests made for a very special and festive day.
Butch Thompson's Hiawatha Jazz Band
The sweetness and buoyant rhythm of New Orleans music took hold of Butch Thompson’s life at an early age and hasn’t let go. His roots are deep, and he has played his personal style of traditional jazz and ragtime from Kansas City to Cairo.
"The city was full of music," as one musician put it, and since his earliest visits there Butch has been captivated by that culture -- the grand musical tradition that is the backbone of the culture. Or many musician's business cards put it, "Music for All Occasions." Welcome to the party!!
Butch (background) and greeters
Mary and Bob Vanasek
(Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic)
with Ed Hamenik, Sokol President
Devil may care:
Laissez les bons temps roulez!
Let the good times roll!
Many thanks to these
local businesses and organizations
On the occassion of the
C.S.P.S. Hall 125th anniversary in 2012,
Sokol Minnesota presents
a series of stewardship and history projects:
- Upgrade of heating system
- Installation of a fire protection sprinkling system and air conditioning
- Restoration of the scenic flats and backdrops of the theater
- Restoration of the circa 1892 two-sided flag: United States and C.S.P.S. Rad Cech #12
- Czech immigration history into Minnesota by county
- Our Website history