Weekend Lineup
OFests in Houston & San Antonio; Kolaches in H'ville
Tis the season! It's Oktoberfest Houston at Waterworks on Buffalo Bayou on Saturday. Harvey's gone and it's all wundebar. Enjoy music by Enzian Buam, Auf Geht's, Yodel Blitz, and Eurofest. Plus tons to eat, drink, and play. Down by the river in San Antonio, the Bier Garten Riverwalk kicks off its OFest fun. Das Ist Lustig will be there all weekend to getcha in the polka mood. On dry land in Hallettsville, it's the 23rd Annual Kolache Festival at the KC hall. Music all day by Dujka Brothers, Chris Rybak, Mark Halata & Texavia, Los Kolaches, and Red Ravens. Nothin' better than kolaches, beer, and polka!
Church Picnic Alert: Daniel & the Country Boys at St. Stanislaus in Chappell Hill (rescheduled from Sept. 3)...Czech Melody Masters & Dujka Brothers in Hostyn...Lost Cause at St. Roch Metz.
More Weekend Fun: Jeff Woolsey & The Dance Hall Kings are at Lodge 88 Friday night...Glen Collins & The Alibis are at Sweet Home on Sunday...Texas Roadrunners are at VFW in north Houston on Sunday...REMEMBER! Don't go to Lodge 88 Sunday. Czech Day has been canceled!

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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
Slavic Festival
Lots of great food and entertainment from Poland, Ukraine, Croatia, and
Czech Republic. Images by Julie Matus

Ellinger Church Picnic
Good crowd at St. Mary's Picnic rescheduled from Aug. 27. Yummy fried chicken and great music by Holub Polka Band. Images by Gary E. McKee  
Texas Folklife Block Party
Saturday was a great day for an outdoor party in Austin, enjoying the dry weather and music by Los Texmaniacs. Images by Gary E. McKee

Fort Worth Oktoberfest
Great day in Fort Worth, too, with OFest sounds by Brave Combo, Off the Grid, and AlpenMusikanten. Images by Justin Everett
Raise the Roof Fundraiser
Music and a HUGE silent auction filled the Twin Sisters Dance Hall Saturday. Volunteers are working to raise enough money to replace the roof on this gem. Images by Theresa Parker  

Polka vs Country Battle
The Jodie Mikula Orchestra battled Roger Kirby and The Texas Heartbeat in West on Sunday, and we all won. Images by Rose Everett
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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 in Caldwell, Fritz Hodde in Granger, and Mark Halata/Texavia in Elgin

A Sunday School teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem. A small child replied, "They couldn't get a babysitter."  

A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her 5- and 6-year-olds.
After explaining the commandment to 'Honor thy father and thy mother,' she asked, " Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?" Without missing a beat, one little boy answered, " Thou shall not kill."  

Submitted by Shane Lala
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