Weekend Lineup
Take Mom Dancing!

Give Mom an umbrella and go dancing!

Gedenke! "where Texas hospitality and German customs meet!"  Enjoy free  admission and free parking.  The Weimar Gedenke Cook-Off teams will kick off this year's event on Friday, along with music by Black Cat Choir and Southbound 955. The Fun Run will set the festival in motion early Saturday morning. Everyone is invited for fun, parade, music, games, parade, good food, and great bands! Enjoy music by Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express Duo, Lost Cause, and Broken Alibi. 

Mark Hermes of the Czechaholics is turning 40 and he plans to party at Moravia Store on Saturday. Enjoy music by Mama Tried, led by Mark's nephew, Blake. Happy birthday, Mark and polka on!

Big Squeeze - young accordionists will compete for the grand prize in polka, conjunto, Cajun/zydeco. Enjoy music by Cedryl Ballou with The Zydeco Trendsetters and Conjunto Cats.

Great Mother's Day gift!
Take Mom on a Dance Hall Tour June 13-16. Get tickets here.

Also this weekend
Friday - Das Ist Lustig (Sat., too!) at Rudi Lechners in Houston...Roger Kirby & Texas Heartbeat in Elm Mott...Glen Collins & The Alibis in Manor...Enzian Buam (Sat. & Sun., too!) at King's in Pearland. Saturday - Czech Melody Masters in Austin...Charles & Fab 4 in Da Costa (Charles is recovering from a stroke, but the band will continue playing gigs and look forward to when Charles can join them again)...Brave Combo at Poor David's Pub in Dallas (Congrats Brave Combo on 40th anniversary!)...Edward Kopecky's Fun Time Czech Band at Granger Fest...Jerry Haisler & Melody 5 in Killeen...Squeeze Me on the Square in Kyle -  Conjunto Los Pinkys, Czech Melody Masters, Grupo Massa, Conjunto Cats...Texas Legacy Czech Band in Rosenberg...Ca Va Bien in San Antonio. Sunday - Lazy Farmers at Peters Hall Mother's Day Fest...Edward Kopecky's Fun Time Czech Band in Seaton.

Church Picnics 
Sunday: Christ Lutheran Church in Loebau with Lost Cause

Looking ahead to next week: Tuesday - Al Dressen & Super Swing Revue at Bob Wills' Night in Austin...Jam session at Geronimo VFW. Wednesday - Glen Collins & The Alibis in Austin...Mike Stroup in Flatonia..Das Ist Lustig in Houston...Off the Grid in New Braunfels. Thursday - Bluebonnet Opry Polka Show in Brenham, featuring Tim & Alicia Kulhanek, Shane Lala, Chris Rybak...Mike Gest & Night Session in Conroe.

Wishing all the Moms out there a happy day.  Polka On!

Coming in May: Al's last name may be Sulak, but he comes from a long line of musicians by the name of Krenek. Gary McKee gives us some insight into church picnic mania. We remember drummer Ernest Kurtz. TPN reader shares her story on dancing across Texas. Justin Everett reviews the Incredible Music Makers CD and profiles DJ Frank Milder from KULP. He also reports on Mason Ramsey, known as Little Hank Williams, who is causing quite a stir on the country touring circuit. Alex Meixner and Mollie B share their thoughts on their lastest Texas tours. Aggies learn to polka, thanks to Das Ist Lustig. Lots of photos from South Texas Polka & Sausage Festival and the Tomball German Heritage Festival. Of course we have your May calendar of dance, festivals, and live music events, and the listing of church picnics.

Photo Gallery 
Tony Booth Day
Click on photo to see images by Theresa Parker

Watch the video of Marty Haggard and Tony Booth
Hostyn Picnic
Click on photo to see images by Julie Matus and Joe Cool Pavlicek

Watch the videos by George Weber of Texas Sound Check and Czechaholics
Moravia Fest 
Click on photo to see images by Joe Cool Pavlicek and Gary E. McKee
Henry Machicek Benefit
Click on photo to see images by Justin Everett, Earline Berger Okruhlik, and Gary E. McKee

Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of Praha Brothers, Czechaholics, and Fritz Hodde & Fab 6

Polka Trending
Giants of the Earth celebrates 10 years with polka party

Roll out the barrel, we'll have a barrel of fun

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church will celebrate 150th anniversary May 18

It's the Big Squeeze Contest!
Contestants for the 13th annual Big Squeeze Youth Accordion Finals have been selected from across Texas and the talented group of young musicians will perform this Saturday, May 11 from 1-5 p.m. at Bullock Texas State History Museum. Read more.


Telstars @ St. Rose Houston Picnic

Watch the videos  by Walt Harfmann of 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...Fritz Hodde & Fab 6 in Elgin...The Moravians at TPMM Fundraiser.

Watch the videos  by George Weber of Texas Sound Check and Czechaholics at Hostyn Picnic...the Spring Awakening Dance in West featuring Dujka Brothers and Czech & Then Some...El Campo Polka Fest featuring Red Ravens, Fritz Hodde & Fab 6, The Majeks...Enzian Buam in Sealy...Red Ravens & Texas Sound Czech in Rosenberg
There is a lot of humor in motherhood!

Jack:  What did the mother broom say to the baby broom?
Bill:  What?
Jack:  It's time to go to sweep!

Mother to son: I'm warning you. If you fall out of that tree and break both your legs, don't come running to me!

Daffynition: Sweater-something you wear when your mother gets cold.
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