Berwyn's Arts Blog
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Houby Fest Volunteers Needed
A friend of mine wrote this:

I am not much about soliciting but this is really important to me.
I am active with Berwyn Main Street. In a nutshell, It's all about preserving historic architecture on Cermak AND REVIVING the street with great businesses relevant to all of us.

I also care a lot about Houby Fest in Berwyn. So I thought I'd reach out and see if anyone is interested and willing to get involved or knows of SOMEONE who would be interested.

Below are the details. Please send/forward it to ANYONE that could be interested

Thanks in advance for all the sincere responses.

Berwyn Main Street will bring back a piece of Berwyn’s cultural heritage to the Houby Festival by transforming a portion of Cermak Road into a Czech Oasis, with vendors serving Czech specialties, featuring live entertainment, artists and offering family activities.

The Promotions Committee of Berwyn Main Street needs an interested and dedicated core of volunteers to plan this event and many more to work the days of the event to make this happen! Houby is planned for October 4 and 5. The first meeting was held on July 16, 7pm at the Main Street Office at 7045 W. Cermak, in the Cermak Plaza.

We need a commitment of 8-10 people to serve as the core event team to make this happen by coming up with ideas for activities, vendors, sponsors, music, bands and all the other things that will make this Czech Oasis a popular addition to the Houby Festival for everyone.

Please contact our office ASAP if you are willing and able to help out! (708) 484-8000 or

You are also very welcome to email me directly at

Houby Day began almost 40 years ago as a Cermak Road Business Association event to bring people to the then-thriving businesses along Cermak Road in Berwyn and Cicero.

To create a theme for the Fall event, the founders chose the Czech tradition of Houby, i.e. mushroom, hunting. Given the Czech-American presence in Berwyn at that time, the choice was logical -- but inspired. The Cicero Chamber of Commerce has been the sole organizer of this event for nearly the past ten years and is welcoming this Berwyn Main Street organized activity as part of its Houby Festival Event.

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