Weekend Lineup
WESTFEST! County Fair + Plenty o' Picnics

Dance the Million $ Polka at Westfest this weekend. The festival is abuzz with the excitement of reaching the $1 million dollar mark in giving back to the community. Think of it: you could be the one to buy the kolache or the pivo or the souvenir that will turn the money meter to a one followed by six zeroes. SqueezeBox featuring Mollie B and Ted Lange will headline the polka music, along with fest fave Brave Combo. Read more about how this fest started in 1976 has been supporting the West community. 

Several music genres will be featured at Fayette County Fair in La Grange from conjunto to polka to country. And Sunday of Labor Day weekend has got to hold the record for most church picnics. Check out the banner ads above and plan your strategy to see how many you can make!

Also this weekend - Friday: Driftwood in the air-conditioned comfort of SPJST Lodge 88. Saturday: Tim and Alicia Kulhanek (Lost Cause) will take the stage at Mullins Prairie Store in La Grange...Charles & Fab 4 play public dance for the Sealy Dance Club.

Y'all stay cool & Polka On!


Coming in September: TPN celebrates 30 years of publishing with a special anniversary issue. Read about the 30th birthday bash and enjoy all the photos. Former editor John Rivard pays tribute to TPN founder Julius Tupa, and a reader survey reveals the Top 30 polkas, waltzes, and bands. Gary E. McKee reports on huge polka fests of the past. Justin Everett reviews a CD by the Holub Polka Band, and profiles DJ David Kolar. Other news: we remember polka musician Ed Kadlacek...find out more about the Lockhart Fest featuring Western Swing and BBQ...there are two polka cruises you can sign up for, one out of Galveston and the other out of Miami...Texas Folklife is searching for musicians in its Apprenticeship Program. Of course, we have your listing of dances, festivals, live music events, and church picnics.

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Ellinger Church Picnic
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Boogie Back to Bastrop
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Cistern Church Picnic
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Two  great white sharks swimming in the ocean spied survivors of  a sunken ship.  "Follow me son," the father shark said to the son  shark and they swam to the mass of people.

"First we swim around them a few times with just the  tip of our fins showing."  And they did. "Well done, son! Now we swim around them  a few times with all of our fins showing."  And they did. 

"Now we eat everybody."  And they did. When they were both gorged, the son asked,  "Dad, why didn't we just eat them all at first?  Why did we swim around and around them?"

His wise father replied, "Because they taste better if  you scare the crap out of them first!"

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