Weekend Lineup
Dujkas, Mikulas, & The Big 3!
Join us Saturday at the KC Hall in Schulenburg for the National Polka Month Dance with the Dujka Brothers. It's a fundraiser for the International Polka Association, and we're going to congratulate Mark and John on receiving a Best Song award from the IPA for their recording of Church Picnic Polka. Silent auction with lots of cool stuff, including Pat Vrazel's famous chocolate chip cookies! Door prizes, too! 
And is this the first church picnic of the year? Well, technically it's called a Polka Dance & Dinner at the Nativity Church in Penelope. Jodie Mikula provides the music for the Polka Mass and for the afternoon of dancing. And of course, there's a great meal that will bust the Weight Watchers smart points system!
Speaking of food (can you tell I've started a diet??!?), fried gizzards and chicken noodle soup are the food stars at the 31st Annual El Campo Polka Fest at Taiton Community Center on Sunday. 3 Bands! Leo Majek Orchestra, Red Ravens, Fritz Hodde & Fab 6.
Actually, you can start out the weekend at a Soup Tasting Supper fundraiser on Friday night. The Fort Bend Czech Heritage Society is hosting this event at the KC Hall in Needville. Featured soups: sauerkraut, chicken noodle, vegetable beef, potato, and Czech gulas. (Hungry yet?) Mason Nesvadba, Dan and Darrell Pavlas, and other musicians will provide the music.
Polka On, Y'all, as we say goodbye to January!

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TPN Now Available in Digital Format
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, going live on February 1. 
In the February issue: Jerry Haisler recalls memories of his dad's band, and influence "stage mom" Alice Sefcik Sulak had on him. Our Valentine issue tells the stories of couples who fell in love and love to dance, starting with the Oborny Family, who makes their love of dance and polka heritage a family affair. Gary McKee connects his fascination with trains to songs about trains. Justin Everett reviews the new Doug Boggs CD. If you love classic country, you'll want this CD in your collection. The Polka DJ profile features Ron Horcica in College Station. We remember Johnnie Holub, Sr., and his contributions to the polka music scene.

Photo Gallery
Squeezebox in Round Top
Click on photo to see the images by Lauren Haase and Gary E. McKee

Squeezebox in Cyclone
Click on photo to see the images by Justin Everett
Sweet Home Sunday
Charles & The Fabulous 4 had everyone two-steppin'. Click on photo to see the images by Joe Cool Pavlicek

Chris Rybak in Round Rock
It has become a tradition. Chris Rybak band plays at Hester's Auto & Body to celebrate the Houston Astros' year, complete with an appearance by Astros President Reid Ryan, and his dad, Nolan. Of course this year celebrated the Astros' World Series win! Click on photo to see the images by Gary E. McKee
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Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of All Around Czechs in Cyclone, the Red Ravens at the Elgin Christmas party, and Alex Meixner and Walburg Boys at the Walburg Restaurant 
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"Just like Daddy's!" the boy replied. "And don't forget the round hole on the top where his head comes through."
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