DWIGHT (SNR) – Members of Assumption Parish in Dwight worked July 10 to make 3,300 potato dumplings for the upcoming Dwight Czech Festival.
The potato dumplings will be served during the parish’s buffet-style roast pork dinner Sunday, July 30, from 10:30 am to 2:30 p.m. at the parish hall, in conjunction with the town’s 54th annual Czech Festival. Dumplings will also be sold in the country store at the festival dinner.
Preparing the dumplings depended on the work of many volunteers in the parish. On Sunday, July 9, Trish Collister, a friend of the Assumption Altar Society, lined the flats with aluminum foil in preparation for the dumplings. Nine women – Brenda Coufal, Susan Sisel, Shannon Novotny, Angie Sisel, Rae-Anne Mastny, Diane Tejral, Diane Vanderslice, Anne Benes and Jeanne Niemann – gathered Monday morning to make and roll the dumplings.
Connie Hotovy blended eggs for them and two young girls, Catherine and Liz Benes, measured water, salt, and potatoes, and helped with odd jobs as needed.
Doreen Novacek set up the work stations, and kept the ice water filled and boiling water replenished for the work line as the day progressed. Mike Tesina and Ross Novotny handled boiling the potato dumplings.
Then Maxine Svoboda, Betty Hamsa, Mary Coufal, Linda Prochaska, Linda Renaud, Karen Zitek and Doreen Novacek, oiled, cooled, and packed the dumplings. Jerome Novacek counted the dumplings as they were packed for the freezer.
The parish’s menu for the July 30 roast buffet also includes corn, cucumbers, pies, rolls and kolache. Mass with Czech hymns will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Raffles and games will also be held.
The Czech festival has been held since 1962, a combined effort of the local firemen, American Legion Post 110 and Assumption Parish. The three-day event includes a road rally, car show, parade, sand volleyball tournament, children’s games, bake sale, Czech dancing, and music.