Weekend Lineup
Go Polish or go home!
The 32nd Polski Dzien will be held Friday and Saturday in Bremond. The fun kicks off Friday night at 6 pm with a variety of food and craft vendors, beauty pageant, BBQ Cook-Off check-in, and tunes by accordionist Mason Nesvadba. Mark Halata & Texavia will play from 8-11 pm and provide the music for the 2nd Annual Polka and Waltz Dance contest, sponsored by Texas Polka News. Come out and show off your polka and waltzing skills. 

This year the festival is honoring the Groholski Family. The Groholskis own and operate one of the oldest business in Bremond, famous for their Polish sausage. Folks from all over coming home for a visit rarely leave town without stopping by to see Mrs. Helen and pick up sausage to take home with them. Stop by their store and watch the 42 tournament and have a sausage wrap or take some home!

Saturday starts with the Famous 5K Polish Pickle Run at 8 am. Opening ceremonies begin at 10 am downtown with state and local dignitaries. Polish representatives are expected to attend. Mizephski will sing the Polish National Anthem. One of the highlights of the festival is the Polish Parade at 11 am hosted by Bremond local, Denis Kubiak. Watch for the Bremond High School Class of 1967 Reunion as the alumni ride in the parade in classic hot rods!

The Polish Wawel Dancers from the Houston area will perform following the parade and then more live musical entertainment all day on the Main Street Stage, including performances by the Jagoda Polish Folk dancers, Mason Nesvadba, The Moravians from Ennis, Jim Mazurkiewicz & Friends, and more! Inside the White Eagle Music Hall, you will find Master Fiddler Brian Marshall & Friends performing. Brian says his friends will include Tim Walsh (original Brave Combo member) on clarient. 

It's an unbelievable display of color, pageantry, and happiness. The Saturday Night Street Dance will open at 7:30 pm with country music by the Gordon Collier Band starting at 8:30 pm. 

Also this weekend
Special events: 32nd Legends of Western Swing in Wichita Falls, Thurs.-Sat. features Bobby Flores, Jason Roberts, Jeff Woolsey, Billy Mata, and more!

Friday: DJ Superman at Cistern Country Store...Vic Rodriguez at Moravia Store...Off the Grid at King's in Pearland (Sat. too!)...Roger Kirby & Texas Heartbeat in Tours.
Saturday: Abel & The Boys at Cistern Country Store...Glen Collins & The Alibis in Elgin...Blue Sunset Band at Mullins Prairie Store...Edward Kopecky's Fun Time Czech Band in Walburg...Kenny James in Webster.
Sunday: GEEZER in Da Costa...Detour at Houston VFW...Mark Halata & Texavia at KC Hall in Houston...Charles & Fab 4 in Sealy.

Church Picnic Alert
LYONS: Homecoming @ United Evangelical Church of Christ - Chris Rybak - Polka Service, 10:30 am, music afterwards 

Looking ahead to next week: Tuesday - Accordion Free For All sponsored by Central Texas Accordion Association in Austin...San Antonio Accordion Association meeting at Chester's Hamburgers featuring Be-Bop and Swing Time. Wednesday - Mike Stroup in Schulenburg. Thursday - Charles & Fab 4 in El Campo...Walt Wilkins & Mystiqueros at Summer in the Park in San Marcos...Luling Watermelon Thump starts.

Polski 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.
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Photo Gallery 
East Bernard Kolache Fest
Click on photo to see images by Earline Berger Okruhlik and Gary E. McKee

Watch the videos by George Weber of Ennis Czech Boys, Dujka Brothers, Mason Nesvadba
Ammannsville Picnic
Click on photo to see images by Justin Everett, Julie Matus, Harvey Wise & Gary E. McKee

Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of Czechaholics & The Moravians

Polka Trending


Watch the videos  by Walt Harfmann of 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...Jodie Mikula, Dujka Bros, Red Ravens, Ennis Czech Boys & Fritz Hodde at the South Texas Polka & Sausage Festival in Hallettsville.

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.
In a Detroit church one Sunday morning, a preacher said, "Anyone with special needs who wants to be prayed over, please come forward to the front by the altar."  
With that, Leroy got in line, and when it was his turn, the preacher asked,  " Leroy, what do you want me to pray about for you?" 
Leroy replied, "Preacher, I need you to pray for help with my hearing." 
The preacher put one finger of one hand on Leroy's ear, placed his other hand on top of Leroy's head, and then prayed and prayed and prayed. He prayed a "blue streak" for Leroy, and the whole congregation joined in with great enthusiasm. 
After a few minutes, the preacher removed his hands, stood back and asked,   "Leroy, how is your hearing now?" 
Leroy answered, " I don't know. It ain't 'til Thursday."    
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