nemaha river valley
This exhibition opened on Memorial Day weekend 2019 and will remain in place through the Fall. It will ultimately be installed in the Opera House museum. The museum will be open on the day of the fair, August 10, 2019 and on occasional Sundays. Follow us on Facebook for special days -- Table Rock Historical Society is the group page. Tours by appointment are freely given, email TableRockHistory@gmail.com or phone 402 839 3003.
below -- getting the exhibition ready, & then opening day
Getting ready -- Tom Krofta's bass horn needed some TLC, which was given by his son Gary and others.
Ed Hanna & his tommy bishop band pause to do a skit with "isabel" & the "table rock or bust" suitcase
As soon as Kim Vrtiska installed outdoor speakers above our door, we played music by terry Kalina & band. Joe stehlik & his little sister Merilee stehlik took a spin on the sidewalk. a couple of days later, joe commented, "any time there's dancing in the streets of table rock, it's a good day!" we agree!
A WEEK BEFORE THE EXHIBIT OPENS, BELOW, BOB BLECHA DEMONSTRATES THE SOUND OF A "SHELF" ACCORDION HE HAS LOANED FOR THE EXHIBITION
BELOW, ROGER VONDRASEK EXPLORES THE WORKINGS OF "EDDIE WHO," A PUPPET BUILT BY JOE SOCHOR & DAD. NOTED BANDLEADER EDDIE HANNA WAS JOE'S HIGH SCHOOL CLASSMATE (CLASS OF 1945) AND THE NAME EDDIE WHO SEEMS TO HAVE BEEN A GENTLE POKE AT EDDIE HANNA ROGER WAS NOT ABLE TO GET EDDIE WHO OPERATIONAL, BUT BELIEVES HE CAN DO IT. FOR NOW, EDDIE WHO IS IN A DISPLAY CABINET.
grand opening: memorial day
Photo 7806, Chuck & Cheryl Rabstejnek at the museum, May 2019. If you can see the screen of the slide show on the TV in the far mid-right of the picture, it just so happens that there is a picture of Chuck's grandpa Charlie Rabstejnek flashing by. Charlie was a well-known area musician, beloved for the sweet sound of his double bell euphonium.
Visitors Loren Joe Stehlik & Jack Kalina enthusiastically talk over old times. Joe played in several bands, beginning with a stint with the Trecek Orchestra when he was just 12. He usually played trombone, but also handled the bass horn. Jack was a bass horn player, as was his dad Pud Kalina, whose bass horn Jack lent for the exhibition.