Weekend Lineup
Fiddlin' with festive polka parties

Festive describes this weekend! Start Friday night at the annual Toys for Tots dance with The Telstars at KC Hall in Houston. Saturday, it's the Fourth Annual Festival of Texas Fiddling at historic Twin Sisters dance hall in Blanco. And over in Moravia, it's the annual Christmas party at Moravia Store with Lost Cause. Sunday, head to Ellinger for the annual Polka Fest with Dujka Brothers and Red Ravens - includes Polka Mass at 10 am. 

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Also this weekend: Brave Combo has a couple of their fun Christmas shows - Friday in Denton and Saturday in Dallas. And guess what's back? The Brave Combo It's Christmas Man CD! Get one (or several) today! Saturday: Glen Collins & The Alibis are at Lodge 88 in Houston for a country Christmas. Reservations were due this week, so call the lodge to see if you can still get in....Texas Czech & Heritage Cultural Center in La Grange is having its annual gala with music by Czechaholics. This year's honorees are Harry Czarnek & Texas Dutchmen, Gene Lichnovsky, and Galveston Czech Singers. This is a reserved event, too, so call the center to see if tickets are still available....The Kreneks are playing in Sealy. Sunday: Detour is at North Houston VFW...Jerry Haisler & Melody 5 are at Sefcik Hall...Charles & Fab 4 are in Sweet Home.

Tis the season: Saturday - Christkindlmarkt in Hallettsville featuring Das Ist Lustig...Beethoven Maennerchor Kristkindlmarkt in San Antonio with TubaMeisters during the day, then the Meisters board a barge for the festival of lights on river that evening. Sunday - Special Advent concert at St. Mary's in Praha by the University of North Texas Czech Music Festival touring group. The tour continues next week with performances of Czech opera, The Vixen, in Bryan, Ennis, Austin, and Dallas. Learn more

Mark your calendar for Thursday, Dec. 6 for Floresville Opry featuring Steve Griggs and Lorraine Chavana.

Deck the halls, y'all, and Polka On!
 


Coming in December: A feature on Charles & The Fabulous Four, along with Sweet Home Music City, one of the band's favorite venues. Gary's column begs the question, "Who will continue the tradition?" Gary also pays tribute to one of the best steel guitar players in Texas - Herb Remington, who recently passed away. Justin Everett reviews a CD by Alpenfest, and profiles DJ Travis Kremling. Justin also tells the story of the Elvis TV Comeback Special celebrating 50 years this December. Enjoy the photos from the La Grange Czech Center Heritage Fest and special tribute to the Vrazels' Polka Band. Of course, we have your listing of dances, festivals, and live music events, including the TubaMeister Christmas in San Antonio. Visit texaspolkanews.com to see the latest issue.


Photo Gallery 
Moravia Store
Click on photo to see images by Joe Cool Pavlicek and Gary E. McKee
Hallettsville Welcomes Christmas
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KULP Polka Expo
Click on photo to see images by Harvey Wise, Lauren Haase, John Roberts, and Gary E. McKee

Watch the videos by George Weber of KULP Expo featuring Red Ravens and special guests
Pre-Thanksgiving Sefcik Hall
Click on photo to see images by Justin Everett


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New Year's Eve
CYCLONE: Jerry Haisler & Melody 5 @ SPJST Flag Hall, 8:15P-12:15A 
DALLAS: Jodie Mikula Orchestra @ Sokol Hall, 8:30P-1A 
ENNIS: The Moravians @ Sokol Hall, 8P-12A
HOUSTON: Driftwood @ SPJST Lodge 88, 8P-12:30A
ROUND TOP: Lost Cause @ Rifle Hall, 8:30P-12A
SWEET HOME: Charles/Fab 4 @ Community Center, 8P-12A
YOAKUM: Original Moods @ Turner Hall, 8P

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Nathan Colt Young in Sweet Home
Click on the photo to see images by Joe Cool Pavlicek

Watch the videos  by George Weber of Red Ravens at KULP Polka Expo...Mikula/Texas Heartbeat Veterans Dance in West...Bluebonnet Opry Polka Show

Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of Czechaholics in Elgin...Jodie Mikula in West...Wurstfest:  Alex Meixner plus Denis Novato, Mark Halata, Jodie Mikula Orchestra, Ennis Czech Boys, Mollie B & Squeezebox...TCHCC Heritage Fest: Enzian Buam and Jerry Haisler & Melody 5, Legends Series Tribute to Vrazels' Polka Band
WEEKLY LAUGH
A farmer had 5 mama cows and their 5 baby calves walk through a rusty ole barbed wire fence and onto the county road. With no one else to help, the farmer used all his skills and somehow got all 10 cattle back into the pasture.... single handedly! A passing neighbor asked "Damn man!!! How'd you do that all by yourself?  

The farmer answered: "Heck, I did it with fast footwork and quick kicks, not unlike doing the double-step polka at an SPJST dance." 

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