This week in the Hill Country
Russell Collection Fine Art, 1137 W. Sixth St.
August 12 – August 21
Friday Afternoon Picker Circle W/ Hayden Whittington
Luckenbach; August 19, 1:00pm
Open Unplugged Acoustic Jam
1850s Czechs from Moravia and Bohemia immigrated to Texas in the 1850s and established the town of Praha, where in 1890 they built a church that became the mother parish for surrounding communities. When Czechs from Central Texas gather in Praha on August 15, Mass is celebrated in the historic church, which is Czech in architectural style, Czech food is served, and Texas Czech bands play music for dancing throughout the evening. Another popular Czech festival is Westfest, held each Labor Day weekend in West.
1983 Hurricane Alicia August 15–21. Damage, primarily in the Galveston and Houston areas, was estimated at $3 billion. Thirty-two tornados resulted from the 130-mile-an-hour winds, eighteen people were killed, and 1,800 were injured.