Czech Out Wilbur
Many of you have shared that you travel annually to Wilber for the Czech Festival, have toured the hotel, and stopped at the Czech Museum. That’s a great way to spend the day, and I hope you will continue to make this trek. If, however, you are thinking that this is what our trip to Wilber consists of, you are mistaken. In fact, the only similarity between the two excursions is that they both take place in Wilber, the quaint and vibrant community so proud of their collective Czech heritage that Czech music is piped through the streets of downtown. There, the similarity between your annual trip and what we are planning ends.
Our trip, on the other hand, is about interesting people and their unique labors of love, fantastic home-grown entertainment, and (of course) food, glorious food! At our first stop, Capitol View Winery, we meet a couple whose passion for creating positive experiences was instrumental in them taking over this beautiful winery with an incredible view of our city! As we travel on to Wilber, prepare yourself for a day unlike any you have spent in this little burg. The Czechland Trio will be providing lunchtime entertainment. Speaking of lunch, the legendary Fox Hole Tavern has existed since WWII, when returning soldiers were served their first drink for free. It’s fascinating history and beautiful restoration are reason enough to visit, but the food is great, too (and yes, they serve Czech beer)!
The day in Wilber holds a variety of delights, ranging from a chance to pick up local favorites to a bus tour with a step-on guide, showing off a side of Wilber not readily visible to festival-goers. We’ll see recent developments made possible by generous benefactors and tireless dedicated citizens. My personal favorite is “the secret of the American Legion;” you won’t believe how interesting it is!
Food & Folk
Before you’ll have a chance to get hungry again, we’ll enjoy an authentic Czech dinner prepared with love and butter by the ladies of First Evangelical Lutheran Church. Roast pork, dumplings, sauerkraut – it’s all there, and it’s all good (wear something with an elastic waist).
The cherry on top of this treat of a day is the Nebraska Brass evening concert. This popular quintet is beloved throughout the Midwest for their serious musicianship and lighthearted humor. The evening’s concert is entitled “No Business Like Show Business: Tribute to the Legends.” If you were expecting something stuffy, you won’t find it here!
This is not your ordinary trip to Wilber, and we promise a day you won’t soon forget. With two concerts, two meals, a wine-tasting and snacks, and kolaches for the road, you won’t find a better value, or a better time.
$146 per person (due with registration, please)
To register for this tour, or for more information, contact the FAIR Program at 402.323.1123