Ohmyohmyohmy!!! The humans are going on a trip! It’s a day trip only, but still! And they said I can come! Loki, do you want to come too?
“Where are we going?”
We’re going to drive and go look at some pretty, old painted churches built by Czech and German settlers in the middle of the state. Doesn’t that sound like fun? Don’t you want to–
“No. I don’t ‘do’ churches. You know that.”
But! But you could help me look at wildflowers on the way and help navigate, and there will be lunch, and…”
“And I could make sure you get back here in one piece afterwards. Very well. I’ll come, but I’m bringing a book or something. Don’t expect me to go inside anywhere.”
Okay! We’re caravaning from the church here and heading west. We have directions with road names and mileages, but no town names, so navigation is going to be key…
Loki! Did you really have to make the lead vehicle miss a turn, making all the cars go the wrong way, and then drive off waay above the speed limit?
“Yes. Yes, I really did.”
Well, we are all back on course now. It’s very pretty country we’re driving through, and the area around Round Top is full of antique marts and places with weird junk and sculptures that would be worth a trip on their own. And there’s a lovely twisty bit of road near La Grange that is just gorgeous!
(a bit later)
We picked up a local tour guide in Schulenberg, and we’ve now driven to our first church, SS. Cyril and Methodius in a tiny, tiny town called Dubina. There it is! Isn’t it pretty, Loki?
“If you say so. Go on. I’ll be fine here.”
Oh, pretty! The ceiling is full of stars, and there are plants painted and stenciled all around!
That is a very fancy altar! There is an interesting picture on the wall by the next pew.
Oh, I guess the two fellows on this plastic-protected banner must be Cyril and Methodius.
They show up together a lot. Hee hee hee! I can never remember which is which.
Can you believe that everything on the walls and ceiling was whitewashed over at some point? Then, not too long ago, they decided to restore it.
Some of the art is stenciled and some is stenciled and then painted.
This is my favorite bit. I like the white flowers–they remind me of little white bluets!
Loki, that was really beautiful inside! You should come with us to see the next one!
“No, thank you.”
Silly Loki. He doesn’t know what he’s missing! I’m pretty sure the building wouldn’t really implode if he stepped through the doors…
( a bit later)
This church is St. John the Baptist in Ammannsville. These little towns used to be bigger. Now there’s not much more than the church here!
You can tell it dates from about the same time as the other one.
Squeee! This one is all PINK inside!
The tour guide says the paint is on canvas applied to the walls and ceiling, rather than painted wood. That is interesting! He also pointed out the pinch-clamp hooks for men’s hats on the pews on this side of the church. They used to make men and women sit on different sides. Isn’t that silly?
The artwork is more Art Nouveau and less primitive, with lots of shadowing to make all the foliage and ornaments really stand out. And the “marble” columns aren’t really stone–they’ve just been painted to look that way!
There’s some stenciling on the lower part of the walls.
It must have taken forever to paint all of this, even with stencils! There is some nice stained glass, too.
That was so much fun!!! But now it’s lunch time. Loki, are you ready to go get something to eat?
“Of course, my love. That is the one part of today’s agenda I can truly get behind.”