Taylor SPJST Hall #39 (or SPJST Hall Praha) is at 5025 FM 619 in Taylor, Texas. The lodge got its charger in 1899, while the current building was dedicated July 4, 1934. SPJST stands for Slovanska Podporujici Jednota Statu Texas. Translated: Slavonic Benevolent Order of the State of Texas. For more on the history of SPJST, click here.
I wasn’t aware of this location prior to getting my dance hall list. It’s a shame I didn’t know about it earlier, because it’s a bustling place to dance and visit! The building is easy to find in the dark as they have a bright neon sign announcing the entrance.
The parking lot was almost full when we arrived at 7:15. We found parking on the side of the building.
The scent of burgers frying is enticing as you walk into the hall. Huge (fabulous) hamburgers (single or double meat, single or double cheese, with or without bacon!) or grilled cheese sandwiches are available. The condiment counter allows you to dress up the burger to your liking with ketchup, mayo, mustard, salt, pepper, lettuce, tomatoes, onions (raw and cooked), pickles and jalapenos. The kitchen is open from 7-9 p.m. Music starts at 7:30 and goes to 11:30. They have a live band on Fridays and Wednesdays. No cover.
As you walk into the hall, you are greeted with a sign “Jak se Ma’s?” which is Czech for “How are you doing?” The lodge sign is on the wall on the left stairway.
This is a very family oriented place. The main hall can be divided in half should you need a smaller venue space to rent. There is a smaller room off the dance floor with pool tables where a lot of the younger children ran around when they weren’t dancing with each other or their parents, or running through the dance floor to their families table. People lined the bar, waited in line to order food, and sat at communal tables waiting for the band to start. Even though there were a lot of people and the band was playing you could still be heard in a conversation with those at your table.
We danced to Texas Neon Ramblers from Belton. They had a great band, good songs, fantastic fiddle player.
We found a table in the middle of everything and sat with Mr. T.A. a World War II vet. He was known to everyone there, was a good dancer and very friendly to us. We will probably see him at Granger, as he dances there on Sunday afternoons.
It was great to see all the dancers on the floor. I didn’t get a photo of the children dancing (felt too invasive) but some of those young (5-6 year old) leaders had GREAT frame!
The long bar along the wall was always crowded with people visiting, drinking and greeting others. If you didn’t want to socialize, or were feeling lucky, there were jackpot machines along the wall and at the bar as well.
It was a very enjoyable night. Good food, good music, nice people, and an adequate dance floor for the dance crowd. It was nice the fans were all positioned on the floor! They do allow smoking, though it seemed to be contained to the lottery screens along one wall, so that’s something to be aware of if smoke bothers you.
This was dance floor number seven for the year!