Weekend Lineup
957 Leads Right to the Moravia Fest
It's that time of year when a guy's fancy turns to tractors and antique farm equipment, and a girl's fancy turns to Mark Halata & Texavia. Yes, it's Moravia Fest. The South Texas Wheel Spinners & Crank Twisters will have its annual show of cool farm equipment on the Moravia Store lawn during the day Saturday. Tractor ride through the countryside is set for 3 pm. Then, when the moon over Moravia starts shining, Mark Halata & Texavia take the stage at Moravia Store. They've got a new CD - be one of the first to get one! It's also the 22nd anniversary of Frankie & Henrietta minding the store. Na Zdravi!
Church picnic alert: St. Michael's in Weimar with the Czechaholics and Texas Dream, and St. Mary's Grotto Celebration in Frydek with Al Sulak & Country Sounds and Texas Sound Check. Also on Sunday, Red Ravens are in Sweet Home Music City, and Bootleg Country is at VFW in Houston.

Feeling FESTive? Germanfest in Muenster, Fiddlers Frolics in Hallettsville, and Bob Wills Days in Turkey.

Celebrate the Bohemian Princess' 60th B-day and Polka On!

Subscription Drive Underway!

Have you bought your tickets to the TPN 30th Birthday Bash yet? Click here to get your advance tickets for $10. Mark the date on your calendar: Saturday, June 30 at KC Hall in Schulenburg. Six polka bands * Dance lessons by Valina * Door prizes * Subscription drive winners announced * Lifetime TPN subscription raffle * Slovacek's - official food sponsor * Shiner Beer - official band sponsor

Coming in May: From the Johnnie Holub Orchestra to the Holub Polka Band, John Holub is continuing the family's polka tradition. Editor Gary E. McKee gives some history behind the popular song, Wagon Wheel. Hint: it starts with Bob Dylan. The Country Music Association announced its hall of fame inductees, and one is a Texan - Johnny Gimble. June is National Accordion Month. Find out how you can celebrate at special events in Houston and Austin. Justin Everett reviews Fritz Hodde & The Fabulous 6 50-Year Journey CD, and interviews polka DJ Clinto Robinson of KULP. Theresa Parker shares her thoughts about the Polka Hall of Fame induction in Hallettsville, with lots of great photos. Of course we have your lineup of festivals, dances, live music events, and church picnics brought to you by Live Oak Brewing Co.

Photo Gallery
Big Squeeze Championships
Click on photo to see images by Lauren Haase and Gary E. McKee
Congrats to winners  Polka: Peter Gresser, age 13, from Weatherford;
Cajun & Zydeco: Steven Williams, 14, Humble;  Conjunto: Melenie Lissette Gonzalez, 17, Rio Grande City;
Anthony Ortiz Jr. Conjunto Prize: Jesus F. Venegas, 21, Brownsville

Fruehling Saengerfest
Click on photo to see images by Julie Matus and Gary E. McKee
Swiss Alp Dance Club
Click on photo to see images by Karen Kay Kurtz and Gary E. McKee

Spring Awakening in West
Click on photo to see images by Justin Everett
Polka Trending

Congrats to the Hall of Fame inductees and music award winners from the International Polka Association. Winners include Mollie B and Alex Meixner Band. Read more.


Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of Chris Trojacek and Alex Meixner at the Big Squeeze championship in Austin, and Dujka Brothers and Czech & Then Some at Spring Awakening Dance in West
One Sunday, in counting the money in the weekly offering, the pastor of a small church found a pink envelope containing $1,000.

It happened again the next week!

The following Sunday, he watched as the offering was collected and saw an elderly woman put the distinctive pink envelope on the plate.  This went on for weeks until the pastor, overcome by curiosity, approached her.

"Ma'am, I couldn't help but notice that you put $1,000 a week in the collection plate," he stated.

"Why, yes," she replied, "every week my son sends me money, and I give some of it to the church."

The pastor replied, "That's wonderful. But $1,000 is a lot; are you sure you can afford this? How much does he send you?"

The elderly woman answered, "$10,000 a week."

The pastor was amazed. "Your son is very successful; what does he do for a living?"

"He is a veterinarian," she answered.

"That's an honorable profession, but I had no idea they made that much money," the pastor said. "Where does he practice?

The woman answered proudly, "In Nevada. He has two cat houses, one in Las Vegas and one in Reno."
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