Friday, January 7, 2011

Šťastný nový rok (Happy New Year!)

After a holiday hiatus, Czech Mix is back and going strong!
And Czech Point Denver launches next week with a free kickoff party at the Downtown Aquarium.

Why the aquarium? Good question!

Simple answer: MERMAIDS!

The centerpiece of Czech Point Denver is Opera Colorado’s production of Rusalka, Antonín Dvořák’s fantasy opera about a water sprite who falls in love with a mortal prince. Many people compare the story of the opera to Hans Christian Andersen’s story The Little Mermaid. The stories are indeed similar—though the Czech opera is a grown-up, tragic love story. (In addition to Andersen, Dvořák was inspired by a popular novel called Undine—also about a mermaid—as well as Czech folk stories about water sprites who were supposed to live in Bohemia.)

So we hope you’ll join us on Wednesday, January 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at the Downtown Aquarium, 700 Water Street, in the Nautilus Ballroom. There, in Rusalka’s watery realm, we’ll celebrate the opening of the Czech Point Denver festival while enjoying some musical selections from the opera and food provided by the Aquarium. We will have door prizes and lots of information about upcoming events during the festival. Pilsner Urquell, the Czech Republic’s leading brand of beer, will also be there with drink specials. And yes, there will be mermaids! The Mystic Mermaids will perform in the Under the Sea exhibit and will also be there to meet and greet guests of the party. The Aquarium is providing discount admission to guests of the party so you can enjoy the mermaid performance.

And of course, we've got a whole host of events starting up in the coming weeks. To see the entire schedule, please visit our website: or like us on Facebook at

--Rex Fuller, Director of Marketing

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