Weekend Lineup
Raise the Roof, Raise Your Stein, Raise Some History
Wow! Another jam-packed weekend that may require a coin toss to see which event you attend. I'll be at the Raise the Roof Fundraiser at Twin Sisters Dance Hall in Blanco on Saturday. Proud to sponsor the appearance of the Ennis Czech Boys. Music starts at 11 with great country, zydeco, and polka music. ECB takes the stage about 3 pm. 
Way up North (Texas) Fort Worth and McKinney invite you to raise a stein to celebrate Oktoberfest. Great music at both festivals. McKinney, celebrating its 10th year, has all the chicken dancers gather at 8:30 pm Friday and Saturday to perform Texas' biggest Chicken Dance. Enjoy music by Brave Combo, Czech & Then Some, Alpine Village Band, Alpenmusikanten, Royal Klobasneks, and Auf Geht's. Fort Worth features music by Brave Combo, Alpenmusikanten, Alpine Village Band, Das Ist Lustig, Off the Grid, and Terry Cavanagh & Alpine Express. In the Houston area, raise a stein at the Liederkranz Hall Saturday night as they celebrate Oktoberfest with the TubaMeisters, German food und bier. Not sure if they'll have steins, but I know they'll have bier at the Goodtime Polka & Waltz Club dance in New Braunfels Saturday night with the Czech Melody Masters.
On Sunday, the Wendish Festival in Serbin will feature music by TubaMeisters. Worship in English and German at historic St. Paul Lutheran Church, one of the painted churches of Texas. Learn about Wendish history, enjoy the homemade noodles and coffee cake! 
More Sunday Fun: Liz Talley & The Dusty Spur at VFW in north Houston...Slavic Heritage Festival at KC Hall in Houston...Country/Polka Battle Dance in West between Jodie Mikula Orchestra and Roger Kirby/Texas Heartbeat.

Church Picnic Alert: Jerry Haisler in Cyclone...Dujka Brothers in El Campo...Holub Polka Band in Ellinger (rescheduled from Aug. 27)...Top 40 and Tejano music at St. Jerome Festival in Spring Branch area of Houston (they actually start the party Saturday night...Kovanda's Czech Band in Sealy......Los Kolaches in Seguin.

Cancellation Reminders: Dozinky Polish Festival at Our Lady of Czestochowa Church in Houston originally set for Sept. 16-18, has been rescheduled for Oct. 27-29. Read more. 32nd Annual Victoria Czech Fest, scheduled for Sept. 24, has been canceled until next year. Read more. Czech Day at Lodge 88 set for Oct. 1 has been canceled. Read more.

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Schuetzenfest Round Top
Everyone had a good time celebrating the 145th Schuetzenfest at Rifle Hall. Donnie Wavra & The Hi-Liters kept everyone on the dance floor. Images by Gary E. McKee

Corn Hill Church Picnic
Beautiful day for a picnic with great music by Ed Kopecky, Fritz Hodde, and Friends. Images by Justin Everett
Telstars @ Lodge 88
Always a good time when Telstars are in the house. Images by Julie Matus

Polka @ Rek Hill Social Club
New venue outside of Fayetteville featured Larry Sodek, Donnie Wavra, Denny Marek and friends. Images by Gary E. McKee  
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Schneider Hall Harvey Benefit. Ft Worth radio stations brings music and donations to help flood victims in Columbus. Images by Gary E. McKee
Polka Sunday in Geronimo. Czechaholics rocked the place. Images by Mark Hermes
MarktPlatz Concert in Fredericksburg. Czechaholics provided the music and the arts group that sponsors the series said it was the best turnout of the season! Images by Mark Hermes

International Music Festival at the Texas Music Museum in Austin featured a performance by the Austin Polka Band. Images by Gary E. McKee

Dem Old Cotton Fields Back Home. Gary couldn't help but stop at a cotton gin on his trek from Marak to Elgin.
Watch the video by Julie Matus of The Telstars at Lodge 88.

Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of Dujka Brothers in Caldwell, Fritz Hodde in Granger, and Mark Halata/Texavia in Elgin

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