Weekend Lineup
There's An Oktoberfest Near You!
Fredericksburg...La Grange...San Antonio...Southlake (Dallas)...Austin...Paris (Texas). If you're not at an Oktoberfest this weekend, that's just not right!
Church Picnic Alert: Dujka Brothers & Al Sulak & The Country Sounds at Holy Cross (Riverside Hall), East Bernard...Rusty Steins at Cathedral of Our Lady of Victory (Victoria Community Center), Victoria...Jerry Haisler & Melody 5 at Church of the Visitation, Westphalia...Incredible Music Makers at Sts. Cyril & Methodius, Cistern (rescheduled from Aug. 27).
More Weekend Fun: On Saturday - Charlie Prause Big Band is at Lodge 88 in Houston...Texas Sound Check is at Haaktober Wurst Ever Winery Fest @ Haak Winery in Santa Fe...Texas Legacy Czech Band is at Prairie Days in El Campo. On Sunday - Charles & the Fab 4 are at Sweet Home...Country Jim & the Allstars are at VFW in north Houston...Praha Brothers are at Brazos Valley Czech Heritage Society dance in Bryan...Central Texas Sounds is at Lodge 18 in Elgin.

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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.
Photo Gallery
Hostyn Fall Picnic
Can you tell the balloon artist was in Hostyn Sunday? Images by Gary E. McKee and Julie Matus

Brewery OFest
Ennis Czech Boys squeezed out the polka tunes in San Antonio. Images by Gary E. McKee  
Methodist Dance
Red Ravens played the annual Methodist Church dance in Shiner. Images by Karen Williams

Sweet Home Sunday
Glen Collins & The Alibis charmed the crowd. Images by Gary E. McKee
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More Photos/Videos
THMDC Fall Dance. John Roberts captured the crowd dancing to Charles/Fab 4, and having fun at the Texas Heritage Music & Dance Club fall dance.
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 Dujka Brothers, Mark Halata/Texavia, and Red Ravens at Hallettsville Kolache Festival
Once upon a time there lived a king who had the most beautiful daughter. But there was a problem. Everything the princess touched would melt. No m atter what: m etal, w ood, s tone. Anything she touched would melt.
Because of this, men were afraid of her. Nobody would dare marry her.
The king despaired. What could he do to help his daughter? He consulted his wizards and magicians. One wizard told the king, " If your daughter touches one thing that does not melt in her hands, she will be cured."
The king was overjoyed and came up with a plan. The next day, he held a competition. Any man who could bring his daughter an object that would not melt would marry her and inherit the king's wealth.
THREE YOUNG PRINCES TOOK UP THE CHALLENGE. The first brought a sword of the finest steel. But alas, when the princess touched it, it melted. The second prince brought diamonds. He thought diamonds are the hardest substance in the world and would not melt. But alas, once the princess touched them, they melted. The third prince approached. He told the princess, " Put your hand in my pocket and feel what is in there."
The princess did as she was told, though she turned red. She felt something very hard. She held it in her hand. And it did not melt!!! The king was overjoyed. Everybody in the kingdom was overjoyed.
And the prince married the princess and they both lived happily ever after.
So, what was in the prince's pants? M&Ms of course! They melt in your mouth, not in your hand. What on earth were you thinking?

Submitted by Shane Lala
Texas Polka News