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Annual Czech dinner set for Feb. 20

Jaternice Dinner offers variety of delectables
  By LEE JUILLERAT, Herald and News 1/16/11
     An old tradition is getting some new blood.

   The 51st annual Jaternice Dinner is planned for Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds home economics building. It is hosted by ZCBJ Lodge 222, the last surviving Czech lodge in Oregon. At one time, there were eight Czech lodges in the state.

   The lodge was founded after 66 Czech adults moved to and settled Malin in 1909. The group holds regular meetings and special events. Over the years, as Malin has lost its Czech cultural identity, Joe and Mary Victorine, the long-time Jaternice Dinner organizers, considered not continuing the gatherings.

   Weve got us young ones so its good, lodge   secretary Karen Rasmussen said of a new generation of Malin area people with Czech heritage who have taken over the annual gathering.

   The transition began last year when Dave Victorine, Joe and Marys son, took over as lodge president, Ellen McKay was elected vice president and Rasmussen assumed duties as secretary.

   We work really hard to put (the dinner) on, Rasmussen said. I think people look forward to it every year.

  The work begins the weekend before the feed, when several people begin cooking the sausage. Its no simple process because the recipe includes about 200 pounds of pork, 30 pounds of heart, another 30 pounds of tongue and 25 pounds of liver. The meat is cooked and flavored with garlic, marjoram and other spices, softened with broth, breaded, put into casings and frozen for a week, which helps the various ingredients blend together. The strudel is made the morning before the dinner.

   Last years dinner drew about 225 people, and Rasmussen hopes for that many again this year. To better plan, the new lodge leaders are requesting pre-registrations. Along with making dinner plans, people can place orders for sausage and strudel to take home.

   While the meal is the focus of the gathering, Rasmussen said the event will again feature music by The Cavaliers along with performance of the Beseda, a traditional Czech folk dance presented by dancers wearing traditional costumes featuring brightly colored and elaborately embroidered blouses and skirts.

   Ever since I was a little girl, Ive gone to the Jaternice dinners, said Rasmussen, who is the granddaughter of the late Vac Kalina, a longtime organizer of Czech activities. Its a time for people to get together and have a good time. Its a gathering everyone really enjoys. Its tradition.  


New twists are planned for this year's Jaternice Dinner Sunday, Feb. 20, at the Tulelake-Butte Valley Fairgrounds in Tulelake. Social hour begins at noon, with dinner at 12:30 p.m.

Members of the ZCBJ Lodge 222 board of directors will do a pre-sale for the dinner. Tickets to the meal are $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 5-12, and include Cesky jaternice (Czech sausage), zeli (sauerkaut), brombori (baked potato) zitny chleb (rye bread) and strudel (apple strudel) plus after-dinner dance music by The Cavaliers. Cost for the dance only is $4. Ordered tickets can be picked up the day of the dinner, and tickets will be sold at the door.

In addition, preorders are being taken for sausage and strudel to take home. Cost is $8 a bag for three, double-link sausages and $8 for strudel. Sausage and strudel cam be picked up at the dinner after 2 p.m.

Order forms are available by contacting Lodge Secretary Karen Rasmussen or Ruth Unruh at 541 723 2691.

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