Weekend Lineup
OFest Action, Dozinky in New Taiton, Wallis Church Picnic!
From breweries to German clubs to churches, there's a place for us OFest fans - San Antonio: Beethoven Maennerchor has dancing under the stars; Austin: Saengerrunde Hall has Czech Melody Masters, German Free School has Austin Polka Band, Yodel Blitz, The Siekers, and Zilker Brewery has Off the Grid; Bryan: Chris Rybak at Bavarian Brauhaus;  Goliad: Goliad Brewing Co has Shiner Hobo Band; Killeen: Das Ist Lustig was enlisted for Oktoberfest at Fort Hood; Round Rock: TubaMeisters at the Brass Tap; Sugar Land: Texas Legacy Czech Band at Fishers of Men Church; Houston: Just added - Mark Halata @ Eureka Heights Brewing Co. Czech Heritage Month action features Dozinky - Harvest Fest - at Taiton Community Center on Sunday; sponsored by Wharton County Czech Heritage Society. Music by Czechaholics.
Sunday Church Picnic Alert: Enzian Buam at House of Prayer, Houston; Brave Combo @ Peace Lutheran Church Oktoberfest in Hurst; Al Sulak & Country Sounds, Clinto & the gang at Guardian Angel, Wallis; Los Kolaches at Holy Cross Lutheran in Yoakum.
More Weekend Fun: On Saturday - Odessa @ American Legion in Rosenberg, hosted by Happy Cousins Dance Club; Cajun Blue @ Hermann Sons in San Antonio, hosted by Cajun French Music Association. On Sunday - Lost Cause is at Austin County Fair in Bellville; Detour is at VFW in northwest Houston.

Polka Oprys: Fayette County Music Opry in Ellinger on Monday features Eugene Klekar, Kenneth Kristynik, Daniel Jobb (Red Ravens) & Tim & Alicia Kulhanek (Lost Cause); Bluebonnet Opry in Brenham on Thursday features Walt & Glynis Harfmann, Ronnie & Greg Machac (Telstars), Shane Lala (Red Ravens).  

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Coming in October: Find out how the accordion became Terry Cavanagh's instrument of choice. Oktoberfest season means Chicken Dance season. Read our salute to this famous dance, including history, photos, and musician comments, and meet Franzie the Chicken. Gary tells us about Bobby Jones, and how he and the Bobby Jones Czech Band will be the subject of the Muziky Muziky tribute at Texas Czech Heritage & Cultural Center in La Grange. Justin reviews The Moravians new CD, and wishes his grandfather, Anton Vrazel, a happy 90th b-day. Of course, we have your listings of dances, festivals, and church picnics.
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OFest in Fburg
See the photos by Gary E. McKee, Lauren Haase, Joe Cool Pavlicek, and Earline Berger Okruhlik

Hville Kolache Fest
Kolaches, kool music, kold bier at annual Hallettsville salute to the kolache. Images by Sandra Ruhmann

Westphalia Picnic
Jerry Haisler & Melody 5 kept the polka music alive. Images by Justin Everett
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Columbus Church Picnic. Julie and Wes Matus enjoyed the music by Donnie Wavra (I thought he retired!).
Watch the video by Theresa Parker of the Ennis Czech Boys at Twin Sisters Dance Hall.
Watch the video by Julie Matus of The Telstars at Lodge 88.

Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of Czechaholics, Red Ravens, Ennis Czech Boys, and Walburg Boys at Oktoberfest in Fredericksburg
A young monk arrives at the monastery. He is assigned to help the other monks in copying the old canons and laws of the church, by hand. He notices, however, that all of the monks are copying from copies, not from the original manuscript.
So, the new monk goes to the old abbot to question this, pointing out that if someone made even a small error in the first copy, it would never be picked up! In fact, that error would be continued in all of the subsequent copies.
The head monk, says, "We have been copying from the copies for centuries, but you make a good point, my son." He goes down into the dark caves underneath the monastery where the original manuscripts are held as archives, in a locked vault that hasn't been opened for hundreds of years. Hours go by and nobody sees the old abbot.
So, the young monk gets worried and goes down to look for him. He sees him banging his head against the wall and wailing. " We missed the ' R' ! We missed the ' R' ! We missed the bloody ' R' !" His forehead is all bloody and bruised and he is crying uncontrollably.

The young monk asks the old abbot, "What's wrong, father?"
With a choking voice, the old abbot replies, "The word was ...celebRate!"

Submitted by Rita Kurtz
Texas Polka News