Weekend Lineup
Ennis Czech Music Fest
Plus Barefoot Becky & Alex Meixner in Texas!
The 12th Annual Ennis Czech Music Festival is this Saturday! I'll see you there starting Friday night with the Polka On! Pre-Party in the Sokol Hall Clubroom. Out of the Box will provide the entertainment & I have some cool stuff to give away for door prizes. The festival gets going at 1 pm on Saturday. Five polka bands - Czech & Then Some, The Moravians, Ennis Czech Boys, Czech Harvesters, and Jodie Mikula Orchestra - provide music all day long. New this year: Texas Folklife is hosting a Big Squeeze Accordion Contest Showcase, looking for some polka talent. Accordionists 25 and under are invited to audition for a chance to reach the finals in April. The showcase will be held from 4:30-5 pm. Contestants will be accompanied by members of Czech & Then Some. After contestants perform, enjoy a special performance by David Slovak (CATS) on the piano accordion, Charlie Patak (Czech Harvesters) on the chromatic accordion, and Jerry Petter (Vanek Czech Band) on the button accordion.
Barefoot Becky & the Ivanhoe Dutchmen begin their Texas tour in New Braunfels on Sunday at Eagles Hall. And ya know it's Mardi Gras time when Alex Meixner heads to Texas to play at Liederkranz Hall in Houston, and the Fat Tuesday Polka Party on the 13th at Brauntex Theatre in New Braunfels.
Polka On, Y'all!

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We are excited to announce that your favorite Texas music publication is now available in digital format. If I have your email address, you received a note announcing the February issue was ready for your review. Some were concerned that there would no longer be a print edition. Rest assured, TPN will still be printed and mailed to subscribers. You get an extra bonus of getting the paper on your computer as well. And some folks may just want to subscribe to the digital version. It's all part of the paper's 30th anniversary and taking the next step in reaching more readers. Along with TPN digital comes a new website - TexasPolkaNews.com

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Thanks to Chris & Edita Rybak, TPN now has 13 new subscribers! The Rybaks purchased a subscription for everyone on their Christmas Market tour who already didn't have a subscription. Now we have more readers who can Polka On!

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A husband and wife who worked for the circus went to an adoption agency. The social workers there raised doubts about their suitability. The couple then produced photos of their 50-foot motor home, which is clean, well maintained, and equipped with a beautiful nursery.
The social workers then raised concerns about the education a child would receive while in the couple's care. "We've arranged for a full-time tutor who will teach the child all the usual subjects along with French, Mandarin, and computer skills."
Then the social workers expressed concern about a child being raised in a circus environment. "Our nanny is a certified expert in pediatric care, welfare, and diet."
The social workers were finally satisfied. They asked, "What age child are you hoping to adopt?"

"It doesn't really matter, as long as the kid fits in the cannon."

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