Weekend Lineup
Yay USA! St. John, Schulenburg, Dubina!
Yes, you are getting this eblast one day early cuz I'll be headed to St. John for the 131st Fourth of July picnicThe day starts with Mass at 9 am, flag raising at 10 am, then get in line for the fried chicken and St. John stew dinner. Music and dancing in the pavilion starts at 11 am with the Shiner Hobo Band, followed by Red Ravens and Dujka Brothers, and into the night with Texas Dream. The celebration culminates with fireworks at 9:30 pm. 

Keep the party going at the Stars, Stripes & Polka On! dance on Saturday in Schulenburg, sponsored by Texas Polka NewsDoors open at 6 pm and The Czechaholics will provide the music from 7-11 pm. Musicians bring your instruments for a jam. Hamburgers will be available for purchase. The Czechaholics started this tradition a few years ago to keep the party going between the July 4th St. John Picnic and the Dubina Feast, this year on July 7th.
TPN is proud to sponsor this summer dance to pay tribute to our great country. This year, we will also thank our great subscribers. Admission to the dance is $10, but only $5 for subscribers. AND, we'll give you a drink ticket to start off the evening. Not a subscriber? No worries. You can subscribe that night and
receive the admission discount and drink ticket. Or click here to subscribe online.

Dubina, the first Czech settlement in Texas, is celebrating its 163rd church picnic on Sun., July 7. Attend Mass in the painted church at 9 am with music by Lost Cause, then feast on the Dubina-style fried chicken and sausage dinner starting at 11 am. Mark Halata & Texavia and Lost Cause battle it out from 12-7 pm. There is always a great jam and sing-along session. 

Also this weekend
Special events:   Half Moon Holidays in Shiner - Shiner Hobos and Los Kolaches on Saturday

Thursday: Farm Street Opry in Bastrop f eaturing Nathan Colt Young, Kelsie & Candice, David Lewis...Edward Kopecky's Fun Time Czech Band in Deanville...Floresville Opry featuring Steve Griggs and Hanah & Hailee...Lost Cause in Giddings.
Friday: Sean Orr in Austin...Vic Rodriguez at Cistern Country Store...Rabbs Creek Band in Eagle Lake...Enzian Buam at King's in Pearland (Sat. too!)
Saturday: Gary P. Nunn in Blanco...Fire and Water at Cistern Country Store...Smokin' Guns at Mullins Prairie Store...Mike Stroup & Moravian Woodpeckers in Moulton...Off the Grid in San Antonio...Charles & Fab 4 in Sealy...Kenny James in Webster
Sunday: Glen Collins & The Alibis in Geronimo...Liz Talley & Dusty Spur at Houston VFW...Mike Stroup & Moravian Woodpeckers at Majek Vineyard...Texas Sound Check at St. Mary's in Plantersville...Charles & Fab 4 in Sweet Home.

Looking ahead to next week: Tuesday - Jam session at Geronimo VFW...Alan Walling in Plano...Crossroads Country Opry in Victoria...Roger Kirby & Texas Heartbeat in Waco. Wednesday - Alan Walling in Plano...SA Country in San Antonio. Thursday - Alan Walling in Plano...Summer in the Park in San Marcos featuring Los Aztex.

Pray, Picnic, Polka On!

Coming in July: Brave Combo is celebrating 40 years of nuclear polka. Carl Finch talks about the journey. Gary McKee provides some history on those patriotic songs you'll be hearing during July. And he writes about the history of the St. John Picnic. Read about the 53rd Annual National Polka Festival in Theresa Parker's column and meet the festival's new king and queen. TPN pays tribute to Western Swing legend Leon Rausch and polka legend Arthur Palla. Justin Everett reviews the latest CD by Texas Sound Check and profiles DJs Patty & Mike from Minnesota. This issue is jam-packed with photos from National Polka Festival, Slavnost, East Bernard Kolache Festival, Church Picnics, and the Wall Dance Club in San Angelo, celebrating its 50th year. Of course, we have your July calendar of dances, festivals, and live music events, and the listing of church picnics. Visit texaspolkanews.com to see the latest issue.
Visit texaspolkanews.com to see the latest issue.

Photo Gallery 
Lost Cause at Elgin SPJST
Click on photo to see images by Gary E. McKee
Granger Church Dinner & Dance
Congrats to Roger and Charlene Kirby on their 50th anniversary! Click on photo to see images by Gary E. McKee 

Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of Dujka Brothers at Granger dance PLUS Mason Nesvadba and Mark Halata & Texavia at Bremond Polish Days

Red Ravens in Sweet Home
Click on photo to see images by Karen Kurtz
Chris Rybak in Brenham
Click on photo to see images by Gary E. McKee

Polka Trending
Michigan: Volunteers love what they do for the American Polish Festival
Indiana: Polka Party returns to Hammond Marina for Festival of the Lakes

Grammy winning TexMex conjunto band to play Butchart in July

Missing: Our Elusive Family Members - MIAs, Orphans, and Adoptions
Saturday, July 20 9A-4P
Caldwell Civic & Visitor Center
Presented by Texas Czech Genealogical Society


Watch the videos  by Walt Harfmann of Dujka Brothers 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...Praha Brothers, Czechaholics, & Fritz Hodde & Fab 6 at Henry Machicek Benefit in Granger.

Watch the videos  by George Weber of 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.
Last year I replaced all the windows in my house with those expensive, double-pane, energy-efficient kind. Today, I got a call from Home Depot who installed them. The man complained that the work had been completed a year ago, and I still hadn't paid for them.

HHHelloo....just because I'm blonde doesn't mean that I am automatically stupid. So, I told him just what his fast-talking sales guy had told me last year...that the windows would pay for themselves in a year.

Hellooooo, it has been a year, so theyre paid for, I told him. There was only silence at the other end of the line, so I finally hung up. He never called back. I bet he felt like an idiot!!!
Submitted by Christine Schulze   Share your jokes: Theresa@polkabeat.com
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