Weekend Lineup
Czechs in Victoria, Wends in Serbin!

Victoria Shares Czech Heritage
From accordion music, to Tarok playing, polka, food, and history, you can find it all at the 33rd Annual Victoria Czech Heritage Festival on Sun., Sept. 22, at the Victoria Community Center, sponsored by the Victoria County Czech Heritage Society.  The festival begins promptly at 9:30 am with five musical events held throughout the day. Victoria's own Pat Veit will welcome everyone to the festival with his accordion. Fritz Hodde & Fab 6 will play from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, followed by the Ennis Czech Boys from 1:30-4 pm. ECB will then battle Mark Halata & Texavia before Texavia headlines from 4:30-7:30 pm. Additional entertainment can be found in the Community Center Annex with Los Kolaches from Shiner, sponsored by Texas Polka News, performing from 2-6 pm.
The festival organizers not only want you to enjoy all that's Czech but learn the traditions as well. New this year will be a one-hour demonstration - Old School Kolaches - by Dawn Orsak. Texas Polka News is proud to sponsor this special attraction.  Admission is only $8 per person for all four bands and activities, with youth under 15 years old  always free.

Wendish Fest 31
The Texas Wendish Heritage Museum and historic St. Paul Lutheran church - one of the painted churches of Texas - will present the 31st Annual Wendish Fest on Sun., Sept. 22.  Enjoy a fun, family-oriented day in Serbin (six miles southwest of Giddings) featuring traditional Wendish foods like sausage, sauerkraut, and those famous homemade Wendish noodles.  Throughout the day there will be folkways and folklife demonstrations and exhibits, competitions like the Coffee Cake Bake-Off and washer pitching, children's activities, Wendish Easter egg decorating and display, vintage machinery, plus POLKA music!  Featured entertainers this year will be The Moravians from Ennis. They'll get the music going about 1:30 pm. But you will want to be around at 12:45 when you can bid on winning coffee cake bake off entries!! Auction proceeds benefit the Texas Wendish Heritage Scholarship Fund.  An English worship service will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church at 8:30 am, and a German worship service will be held at 10:30 am with Rev. Mark Barz as guest speaker. Rev. Barz currently serves as 3rd Vice President of the Texas District, Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. 
Wendish Fest 31 will be a special day of celebration dedicated to sharing the history and heritage of the Wends who came to Texas beginning in 1849, eager to build their homes and preserve their faith and traditions.  

More fests:
Czech Day at National Hall in Fort Worth on Saturday: Jodie Mikula Orchestra
Oktoberfest at Houston Liederkranz on Saturday: Mike Gest & Night Session
Addison Oktoberfest Thursday-Sunday: Alex Meixner, Alpenmusikanten, Alpine Village Band, Ennis Czech Boys, Walburg Boys, Das Ist Lustig, Aug Geht's
Polish Harvest Fest in Houston Friday-Sunday: Alex Meixner
MDA Oktoberfest in Waco on Saturday: Mike Middleton/The Middletones, Czech & Then Some, Czech Melody Masters

Church picnic alert!
CYCLONE: Jerry Haisler/Melody 5 @ St. Joseph's Picnic, 11:30A-2P

Check out these TPN/polkabeat advertisers
Cistern Country Store Friday: DJ Superman...Saturday: Brandi & Keith...Thursday (9/26): DJ Marty-Mar
Krause's Cafe Saturday: NB Village Brass Band, Bavarian Brass Band from Markt Erkheim, and The Oompahs...Wednesday (9/25): Chris Rybak
Mullins Prairie Store Saturday: Brian Pavlock
Schroeder Hall Friday: Bar Ditch Hippies...Saturday: The Emotions


Also this weekend
Friday: Billy Mata in Austin...Sean Orr in Austin..Randy Harrison in Geronimo...Texas Sound Check at Karbach's in Houston (Note time change - had been 5-6P, now it's 7-8P)...Glen Collins & The Alibis in Lago Vista...Off the Grid at Pavlas Tavern in Moulton...Charles & Fab 4 in Seguin
Saturday : Jody Nix in Anhalt...Mike Stroup & Moravian Woodpeckers in Flatonia...Ennis Czech Boys at Pavlas Tavern in Moulton...Dujka Brothers in New Braunfels...TubaMeisters in Round Rock...Al Sulak & Country Sounds in Wallis
Sunday: Czech Melody Masters in Elgin...Liz Talley & Dusty Spur at Houston VFW...Mike Stroup in Round Top...SA Country at Martinez Social Club

Looking ahead to next week: Monday - Charles Thibodeaux & Austin Cajun Aces in Austin.   Tuesday - San Antonio Accordion Association at Chester's... Alan Walling in Plano (Wed., too!)...Hit-n-Run in The Woodlands...Roger Kirby & Texas Heartbeat in Waco.  Wednesday - Glen Collins & The Alibis in Austin...Mike Stroup Trio in Flatonia...Burgundy at Martinez Social Club...Keith Hickle in Schulenburg... Thursday - Off the Grid in Austin...Al Sulak & Country Sounds in El Campo

Oktoberfests next weekend: Fort Worth, McKinney, Houston, San Antonio
Western Swing & BBQ Festival in Lockhart

Coming to University of North Texas in Denton on Sept. 21: Songs of Czechia featuring Bree Nichols, and on Sept. 23:  Faculty/Guest Artist Recital - Martin Vodrazka, baritone and Willem van Schalkwyk, piano



Party all weekend and Polka On!

Danny Zapletal of Czech & Then Some is a TPN fan, shown at the Kolache Festival in Caldwell, Sept. 14! Are you a fan? Send your photo to theresa@polkabeat.com holding up the paper, Polka On! button, koozie, wearing a Polka On!/TPN t-shirt wherever you happen to be and we'll post on Facebook and include in the paper.
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Photo Gallery 
Caldwell Kolache Festival
Click on photo to see images by Gary E. McKee

Watch the videos by George Weber of Czech & Then Some and The Moravians
Schuetzenfest in Round Top
Click on photo to see images by Walt Harfmann and Gary E. McKee


Watch the videos by Walt Harfmann of
The Original Bavarian Blasmusik and  Donnie Wavra band

BONUS: videos from James & Halie Marek's wedding reception in Marak - Dujka Brothers, Fritz Hodde/Fab 6, & Lee Roy Matocha Band Review
 
Moulton Church Picnic
Click on photo to see images by Joe Cool Pavlicek
Holman Church Picnic
Click on photo to see images by Julie Matus and Gary E. McKee

Polka Trending
 
Asheville's Mountain Top Polka Band marks its 10th anniversary

Azman Quality Meats of Euclid wins twice at Sausage Fest in Kirtland

Gemuetlichkeit Days a success

Czech out The Point and polka the night away

Ken Burns' new 'Country Music' tunes in to Wisconsin's contributions, and one classic 'Milwaukee' song

Interview: Old Crow Medicine Show's Ketch Secor on Race, Country Music and Hope

Czech Influences Live On
Texas Czech Genealogical Society will present a program on Sat., Sept. 28 at the Caldwell Civic Center, Caldwell, TX.
Speakers will address painted churches, early Brethren churches, Czech cemeteries, Czech ceramics & glass. Learn more and register.
 












Watch the videos  by Walt Harfmann of Schuetzenfest with 
The Original Bavarian Blasmusik and  Donnie Wavra...James & Halie Marek wedding reception with Dujka Brothers, Fritz Hodde/Fab 6, and Lee Roy Matocha Review...
Walburgfest with Walt & Kurt Harfmann, Walburg Boys, & AlpenMusikanten...Fritz Hodde & Fab 6 at Granger picnic...Dujka Brothers & Praha Brothers at Praha Picnic...Mark Halata & Texavia at Elgin.


Watch the videos  by George Weber of Czech & Then Some and The Moravians at Caldwell Kolache Festival...Texas Sound Check, Charles & Fab 4, Mark Halata & Texavia at PoLK of A party in New Taiton...Ennis Czech Boys, Dujka Brothers, Mason Nesvadba at at East Bernard Kolache Fest...Shiner Hobos and Mark Halata/Texavia at Shiner Picnic.
WEEKLY LAUGH
Upon hearing that her elderly grandfather had just  passed away, Katie went straight to her  grandparent's house to visit her 95-year-old  grandmother and comfort her. When she asked  how her grandfather had died, her grandmother  replied, "He had a heart attack while we were  making love on Sunday morning."  

Horrified, Katie  told her grandmother that 2 people nearly 100  years old having sex would surely be asking for  trouble.  

"Oh no, my dear," replied Granny. "Many  years ago, realizing our advanced age, we figured  out the best time to do it was when the church  bells would start to ring. It was just the right  rhythm. Nice and slow and even. Nothing too  strenuous ."  She paused to wipe away a tear, and  continued, "He'd still be alive if the ice cream truck  hadn't come along."

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