Weekend Lineup
Church Picnic Alert! Moravia Ascension Parish!

The Moravia Picnic gets under way on July 21 with a Mass at 10 am. Try to be casual about it, but exit the church ASAP to get in line for the stew and kettle-fried chicken dinner. The Moravians play 12-4 pm and Mark Halata & Texavia plays 4-8 pm. The cake walk is at noon, auction at 1 pm, Bingo from 1:30-5:30 pm, and prize drawing at 7 pm. If you see Gary McKee there, wish him a happy birthday!

Also this weekend
Friday: DJ Superman at Cistern Country Store...Darrell Appelt CD Release Party in Columbus...Das Ist Lustig at Rudi Lechner's in Houston (Sat., too!)...Enzian Buam at King's in Pearland (Sat., too!).
Saturday: Shiner Hobo Band at Shiner Saloon anniversary party in Austin...Sean Orr in Austin...Cody Ray Henry at Cistern Country Store...Randy Harrison & The Posse in Geronimo...The Emotions at Schroeder Hall...Czechaholics at Mullins Prairie Store...Nathan Colt Young at Watterson Hall...Kenny James in Webster.
Sunday: Lost Cause in Cat Spring...Fritz Hodde & Fab 6 in Elgin...Mike Stroup & Moravian Woodpeckers in Flatonia...Country Jim & The Allstars at Houston VFW...Roger Kirby & Texas Heartbeat in Seaton...GEEZER in Sweet Home.

Another church picnic alert! Just found out about this one. St. Matthew in Jourdanton is having a Czech Day on Sunday. The celebration begins with Mass at 11 am. After Mass, an authentic Czech meal - including sausage, Czech potatoes, homemade sauerkraut (homemade by St. Matthew's parishioners), green beans, peaches, dessert, and tea - will be served from 11 am to 1 pm (or so). The cost is $10 per plate. Czech music will be played throughout the meal by the Markmann Polkateers. 

Looking ahead to next week: Monday - Charles Thibodeaux & Austin Cajun Aces in Austin. Tuesday - Alan Walling in Plano (Wed. & Thurs., too!). Wednesday - Bimbo in San Antonio...Mike Stroup in Schulenburg. Thursday - Charles & Fab 4 in El Campo... Terri Hendrix at Summer in the Park in San Marcos... Junior Dixieland Band from the Czech Republic at Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center in La Grange. Let's show'em some Texas love y'all!!!

Pray, Picnic, Polka On!

August sneak peak: The Moravians at 10 PLUS our 5th Annual Oktoberfest Guide. It is packed with info on great Texas festivals, along with some national faves. Visit texaspolkanews.com to see the latest issue.

Photo Gallery 
Happy B-Day PoLK of A!
Click on photo to see images by Gary E. McKee, Earline Berger Okruhlik, Harvey Wise, & Karen Kurtz

Watch the videos by George Weber of Texas Sound Check, Charles & Fab 4, & Mark Halata & Texavia at the PoLK of A celebration in New Taiton.
Slovenefest in Pennsylvania
Click on photo to see images by Walt & Glynis Harfmann

Watch the videos by Walt of bands at the annual Slovenefest held July 12-14 in Enon Valley, Pennsylvania

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Saturday, July 20 9A-4P
Caldwell Civic & Visitor Center
Presented by Texas Czech Genealogical Society

Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of the bands at Slovenefest in Pennsylvania...Dujka Brothers and Red Ravens at St. John...Dujka Brothers with vocal by Roger Kirby at Granger dance...Mason Nesvadba and Mark Halata & Texavia at Bremond Polish Days...Czechaholics & Moravians at Ammannsville Picnic...Jodie Mikula Orchestra at Holy Trinity Corn Hill...National Polka Festival bands.


The Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center will proudly host the Junior Dixieland Band from the Czech Republic on Thursday, July 25 beginning at 7 PM. No admission will be charged and the public is invited to this special concert.  The ensemble consists of eight members and two directors for the tour.  They will arrive in New Orleans, Louisiana, travel through Texas for several performances and then back to Louisiana to perform at the Satchmo Summer Fest in New Orleans on August 2-4.  Read more!

Watch the videos  by George Weber of Texas Sound Check, Charles & Fab 4, Mark Halata & Texavia at PoLK of A party in New Taiton...Ennis Czech Boys, Dujka Brothers, Mason Nesvadba at at East Bernard Kolache Fest...Shiner Hobos and Mark Halata/Texavia at Shiner Picnic...Texas Sound Check and Czechaholics at Hostyn Picnic...the Spring Awakening Dance in West featuring Dujka Brothers and Czech & Then Some.
A husband and wife are sound asleep at 2 am.
There is a loud knock at the door.
The man goes downstairs and answers the door.
There is a  man standing there. "He says, "I need a push!"
The husband says, "Get away from my door. I'm not giving anyone a push at 2 am."
The man at the door insists."I need a push!"
The husband slams the door and goes back upstairs to bed.
His wife asks, "Who was there?"
He answers, "Just some guy needing a push."
Wife says, "Well did you help him?"
He answers, "No, I'm not getting up at 2 am to give someone a push!"
Wife says, "Well, don't you remember last year when WE needed help, this nice man helped US!"
So the man drags himself back out of bed and goes downstairs.
He opens the door and yells out, "Are you still here?"
"Yes, I'm over here on the swing. I need a push!!"
Submitted by Shane Lala   Share your jokes: Theresa@polkabeat.com
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