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Souhrada Family Reunion – the 9th reunion held in the Czech Republic
- Chrastiny, Czech
Souhrada Family Reunion was held on Saturday, September 10 and
Sunday, September 11, 2016 at the Hunter’s chalet Chrastiny, near Písek,
Hosted by Jiri Souhrada
The 9th reunion in the Czech Republic was
held at the same place and exactly 16 years from the first Reunion in 2000.
35 family members gathered, coming from various ends of Bohemia, the furthest
one from Sweden, particularly Mr. Zdeněk Hajný, where the relationship
with the Souhrada family existed 300 years ago, when Mr.Vít Souhrada married
Miss Lidmila Skala belonging to the family of his mother named Skala. The
Souhradas from Austria, Slovakia and USA have apologized for their
absence this time. Their friends from Iowa have nevertheless come - Mr. Mike
Klimesh from Spilville and Eileen Tlusty from Protivin, Iowa. Both of them
are interested in the relationship investigation and their loose relationship
to the Souhradas is doubtless.
Jarda Souhrada from Tachov has made the program more picturesque as he
arrived in his own plane at the airport in nearby Strakonice. When leaving he
took a photo of the whole group from the air. He has also brought pleasure to
the participants with the Souhradovice - original plum brandy made by
Souhradas. The other Suhradas or Souhradas coming from the
genealogically discovered branch of Vodňany and Protivín have also been well represented. Their
ancestors, the millers from along the river of Blanice, sometimes changed the
name of Souhrada to Suhrada. We are pleased with their interest in our family
As usually the Souhradas from Všeteč have not disappointed us. Mrs.
Maruška Anděrová – Souhradová very carefully works around the history of
the Souhradas from Všeteč and Týn nad Vltavou. Jiří and Jana
Souhrada belonging to this branch, have completed fantastic memorial ceramic
figures of mini Souhradas. Besides the ceramic figures, an order of T-shirts
has been palced with our Souhrada logo. Unfortunately, we have anticipated
some 50 to 60 participants, so, some of them have not yet found a home.
Generally, the members from nearby have stayed at home, nevertheless, who has
come, has not regretted. Mr. Eduard Souhrada, even if disabled, has
come from the faraway city of Chomutov, as well as Mr. Zdeněk Hajný from
the Swedish Trelleborg. Traditional participants Václav and Zdeňka
Souhrada from Dolní Záhoří came as well. Major part of the Souhradas
from Bernartice and Putim have stayed at home this time.
As usual, the program was opened by the lady pipers from Strakonice, the
history of the Souhrada family was reviewed, a traditional exhibition was
displayed, the novelties of our families have been shared, and paintings of
South Bohemia by Valentin Horba have been exhibited and offered for sale.
Further entertainment took place through musical group Duo Vlasatý playing
folk songs late into the night for all survivors (some of them singing until
the very end).
On Sunday, we visited Vašek Souhrada in Dolní Záhoří, as well as an
interesting small chapel, the cemetery and the church, the old chalets of
Souhrada in the nearby villages. This trip has closed the Reunion and, if
healthy enough, we would like to gather again on the occassion of the 10th
reunion in 2018, most probably in Písek.
We thank all partcipants and strongly believe more of us will gather next time.
Souhrada, and his wife Vera, the
hosts of our reunions in the Czech Republic (standing) with the pipers
To view the entire picture album from
this year's reunion, click here.