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Polka Concerts, Dances & Festivals

Mark Your Calendars! 2 big dances in NJ! ... See MoreSee Less

1 day ago

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Great work there Everyone.

Our good friends The Kielbasa King’s are back again this year for a great event

Hope to see you kats there 😎
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Our good friends The Kielbasa King’s are back again this year for a great event

Hope to see you kats there 😎

3 days ago

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See #FPB at @Musikfest on 8/4/19 at #FestPlatz stage at noon. Download the #Musikfest app at: t.co/nIBeNNetGx and give our gig a "like & "share". #FPB40 #Polka #PolkaRocks #AccordionsRock #ProudToBeInSyracuseAreaMusicHallOfFame #BreakingThePolkaStereotype #Summer #Music #LargestFreeFestivalInTheUnitedStates ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago

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Along with a "Doctor on a Stick". Nice video Alice.

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Jim and I just loved dancing to that polka. So quick step and really exciting ❤️💕🌻🐔👍

A GREAT SONG FOR SURE!!! 😎 🙂 😀

A Great Polka

1 week ago

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A non polka from Fritz's Polka Band.... ... See MoreSee Less

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That was fun!!

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2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

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2 weeks ago

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Please join us on Friday July12th for a great event! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago

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Looking forward to seeing everyone at Seven Springs on Friday! FreezeDrowie!! ... See MoreSee Less

FreezeDried will be performing at this event from 7-9 PM. Please come out to support a great event. ... See MoreSee Less

FreezeDried will be performing at this event from 7-9 PM.  Please come out to support a great event.

It's here! The annual PAJ 1/2-price subscription sale for new subscribers:
www.polamjournal.com/July-Half-Price.html
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Its here! The annual PAJ 1/2-price subscription sale for new subscribers:
http://www.polamjournal.com/July-Half-Price.html

Today is the day! Michael Costa and The Beat perform in Berea, Ohio from 6pm - 10pm. Hoping to see many polka fans join us for this special event - The Beat's only performance in CLE for 2019!

MaMa B's Smokehouse will be serving up some food for purchase, and there will be a cash bar. Take a chance at a 50/50 or two and celebrate summer with friends. After the dance, stop at The Local in Strongsville, OH for a nightcap....they will be waiting for you!

St. Adalbert's has a 4:30 Catholic Mass for those who celebrate. Doors open at 5pm. BE THERE! BRING YOUR FRIENDS!

Special thanks to the many of you that helped make this event a success.....especially those of you from the CPA, USPA and IPA, as well as the many IJs and DJs from PolkaJammer and Polish New Castle Radio who helped promote this event. Polish Freight, our local polka show.....THANK YOU!!!
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Today is the day! Michael Costa and The Beat perform in Berea, Ohio from 6pm - 10pm. Hoping to see many polka fans join us for this special event - The Beats only performance in CLE for 2019! 

MaMa Bs Smokehouse will be serving up some food for purchase, and there will be a cash bar. Take a chance at a 50/50 or two and celebrate summer with friends. After the dance, stop at The Local in Strongsville, OH for a nightcap....they will be waiting for you! 

St. Adalberts has a 4:30 Catholic Mass for those who celebrate. Doors open at 5pm. BE THERE! BRING YOUR FRIENDS! 

Special thanks to the many of you that helped make this event a success.....especially those of you from the CPA, USPA and IPA, as well as the many IJs and DJs from PolkaJammer and Polish New Castle Radio who helped promote this event. Polish Freight, our local polka show.....THANK YOU!!!Image attachmentImage attachment

Hope to see you tomorrow for a fun night with FreezeDried. ... See MoreSee Less

Hope to see you tomorrow for a fun night with FreezeDried.

Mark your Calendars...Aug 4th!
1st appearance in NJ!
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Mark your Calendars...Aug 4th!
1st appearance in NJ!

4 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

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Only 8 days away. See you there! ... See MoreSee Less

Great venues in and around the Saginaw Bay Area

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you all come best event of the year in the town of Ludlow ma

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Two weeks from today! Come out and listen to The Beat....their only CLE appearance for 2019. A night you won't want to miss! Please share with your friends. ... See MoreSee Less

Two weeks from today! Come out and listen to The Beat....their only CLE appearance for 2019. A night you wont want to miss! Please share with your friends.

1 month ago

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of IPA Hall of Famer Ray Dorschner. Ray was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. Our deepest sympathies to all of Ray's Family and Friends.

www.ipapolkas.com/blog/otw-portfolio/ray-dorschner-living-category-inducted-1996/

Ray Dorschner was born in the tiny village of Ziattau, Wisconsin, one of seven children born to Theodore and Berta Dorschner. Theodore owned and operated a sawmill and woodworking business in Zittau and was an old-time fiddler. Dad and sons occasionally played for local parties and dances. Ray started playing button accordion at about five years of age and later switched to piano accordion.

Ray attended elementary school in Zittau, high school in Winneconne, Wisconsin, and college at UW-Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He learned to play clarinet in high school and played in the high school band and the UW-Oshkosh band. While he was in high school, Ray and some friends formed a small band that played for weddings and other events in the area. The name of the group was The Jolly Musicians. He soon learned to play tenor sax, trumpet and tuba.

In 1949 Ray started his non-musical career by becoming a laboratory technician at The Institute of Paper Chemistry in Appleton, Wisconsin. After 2-1/2 years there, he moved on to be a research and development laboratory technician at Marathon Corporation in Menasha, Wisconsin, which later became part of American National Can. He retired from American National Can Company in 1992 as a Senior Research Scientist.

On October 20, 1951, Ray married Donna Steffens. Ray and Donna have three sons, Randy, Steve and Jim. All of the sons play with the Rainbow Valley Dutchmen. Ray organized the Rainbow Valley Dutchmen in 1950, playing first full engagement at the Cinderella Ballroom in Appleton, Wisconsin. The band has played throughout the Midwest, plaving at all of the great ballrooms and all of the major polka festivals. The band had a weekly radio show in the 1950s, a weekly television show in the 1960s, and made tow performing tours in Europe in 1970s. The band was selected to play at the Minnesota State Fair for two years and recently have added the great Milwaukee German Feat to their annual schedule. They have performed at every Durant (Iowa) Polka Festival since its start. They have also been selected to perform at the National Council for the Traditional Arts Folk Festival in Dayton, Ohio this year. The band has recorded 15 LP albums, numerous singles and a CD (The Best Of Rainbow Valley).

Ray started his music composition career prior to organizing the Rainbow Dutchmen; his first composition entitled Bachelor’s Waltz. He added many more compositions throughout the years, presently totaling more than 60 compositions. Most of the compositions have been recorded by the Rainbow Valley Dutchmen, many have become industry standards and are played by all of the great old-time bands. Many of his compositions have been recorded by these bands including Whoopee John, Babe Wagner, Elmer Scheid, Ernie Coopman, Earl Schmidt, Jerry Schuft, Ivan Kahle, Dean Hansen, Ernie Kucera, and many others. Most noteworthy have been Rainbow Valley Polka, Putzig Polka, Concertina Holiday, Polka Day Polka, Tune Timer’s Polka, Dutch Maid Waltz, and Schmaltzie Music. His style has influenced many musicians and bands. His composition February March was arranged for concert band and has been performed by various area concert bands.

The following are some of the accomplishments of Ray Dorschner and the Rainbow Valley Dutchmen.

• Wisconsin’s first Dutchman style recording band

• Performed in Europe in 1977 and 1979

• Performed at the First International Polka Festival in Austria

• Awarded the Best Band Trophy at the Wisconsin Mid-Winter Polka Festival in 1971

• Selected twice to perform at the Minnesota State Fair

• Recorded 15 LPs and numerous singles including a CD

• Weekly live radio show on WNAM radio in the 1950’s weekly television show on WFRV-TV in the 1960s

• Very first band to perform at the very first Gibbon Polka Festival

• One of the only three bands to have played at every Durant Polkafest

• Performing annually at the great Milwaukee, Wisconsin, German Fest

• Performed at all of the major festivals in the Midwest

• Received a special recognition award in 1989 from the Wisconsin Orchestra Leaders Association

• Awarded the European-American Music Award in 1995

• Selected to perform at the National Council for Traditional Arts 1996 Folk Festival in Dayton, Ohio.
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Prayers to all My Deepest Sympathy

1 month ago

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PRINCESS POLKA CRUISE - Seven Days in January 2020

DEADLINE NEAR FOR FREE GRATUITIES

Book Now prior to 6/30/2019 and get FREE gratuities on any category savings up to $115 Per person,

PLUS $50 per person on-board credit for inside cabins and $100 Per person for Balcony cabins prior to 6/30/2019.

Veterans can get an additional $100 on-board Credit by filling out a simple form.

Join Jimmy Sturr and Mollie B on our Princess Polka Cruise 2020 aboard the brand new luxury liner, THE SKY PRINCESS, sailing from Fort Lauderdale on January 11th, 2020 to the Eastern Caribbean. Sail with us aboard this beautiful new ship with The Jimmy Sturr Orchestra, Squeezebox, Jim Busta, Canada’s Polka King Walt Ostanek, Keith Stras, Bobby Kravos and Steve Meisner, Neil Zunker and The Music Connection; and Dance Instructors Matt and Elaine, and Randy and Ashley Thull.

Ports of call will be: Princess Cay, In the Bahamas, St Thomas in the Virgin Island and St Maarten.

Prices start at $899 PP based on Dbl Occupancy plus.

Make plans NOW to sail with Mollie B & Jimmy Sturr on board the brand New Sky Princess call 1-800-724-0727 and make your reservations today deadline of 6/30/19.
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1 month ago

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Final meeting with the great staff here at Ocean Beach Park!
Once again they’re looking forward to seeing all their favorite Polka folks for Ocean Beach Park Polka Days and sincerely hope you’ll all enjoy the brand new facilities they have here at the Beach!!
If you have any questions or need additional information please visit:
www.oceanbeachparkpolkadays.com,
drop us an email or call our Polka Hot Line!
Looking forward to seeing everyone in about a week “at the Beach!!!”
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1 month ago

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The schedule for the 41st Cheektowaga Polish-American Arts Festival is here! ... See MoreSee Less

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Lenny we’ll see you there🎶🎶🎶

1 month ago

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March 1964 - Jerry Chocholek, Jim Bagrowski, Chet Kowalkowski, Eddie Blazonczyk, Rich Sendra & Bob Sendra - The Versatile Versatones ... See MoreSee Less

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memories, Bill Shibilski WFUV.

1 month ago

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Here’s your next chance for two 4-day passes to the Beer Tent. All you have to do is:
1. Like our St. Stan’s Festival Page
2. Share this post
3. Comment that you have completed everything.
Two random winners will be selected next week. Good luck!
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Last Call for Polka Fireworks Room Reservations

Polka Fireworks Room Reservation Deadline is June 5th:
Please send a $100 deposit to:

Bel-Aire Enterprises
PO Box 520
Palos Park, IL 60464

Attn: Tish Blazonczyk

Please include your complete mailing address, phone number, check-in and check-out dates.

For more information, please call Tish at 708-594-5182.

Join the Blazonczyk Family in Poland in 2020: July 23rd - August 3rd

We invite you to visit Warsaw, the Capital of Poland, Czestochowa, shrine of the Black Madonna, Wadowice, the birth place of Pope John Paul ll, Zakopane - the Podhale Region at the base of the Tatra Mountains, Krakow the second largest city and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Krakow is situated on the Vistula River and there is so much to see - St Mary's Basilica, the Cloth Hall, you can enjoy a beautiful evening horse and carriage ride around the Krakow market square. Wisla, Folklore Cultural Festival, Zywiec - home of the Polish Beer Brewery, Chocholow, home of the Blazonczyk family. You will so enjoy a raft ride down the
Dunajec River, Goralski picnics, polka parties, optional tours to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, and Oswiecim Concentration Camp.

You have the option to extend your trip in Europe to spend an additional 4 days on the sunny coast of the Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Beautiful beachfront hotel with resort pleasures. Day trips are planned for Medjugorje - a town in Bosnia known as a place of Catholic pilgrimage where the Virgin Mary appeared on Apparition Hill. Mostar - straddling the Neretva River, known for the iconic Stari Most - Old Bridge. A staircase leads up to the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque minaret for panoramic city views. Montenegro - known for its coast of stunning scenery. Mountains that abruptly drop into the sea, stone and pebble beaches tucked in wooded bays, and glittering sea caves are just a few of the many splendors of this fabulous countryside.

Contact PAT Tours 1-800-388-0988 or Bel-Aire Enterprises 708-594-5182 for more information.
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Last Call for Polka Fireworks Room Reservations

Polka Fireworks Room Reservation Deadline is June 5th:
Please send a $100 deposit to:

Bel-Aire Enterprises
PO Box 520
Palos Park, IL  60464

Attn: Tish Blazonczyk

Please include your complete mailing address, phone number, check-in and check-out dates.

For more information, please call Tish at 708-594-5182. 

Join the Blazonczyk Family in Poland in 2020:  July 23rd - August 3rd

We invite you to visit Warsaw, the Capital of Poland, Czestochowa, shrine of the Black Madonna, Wadowice, the birth place of Pope John Paul ll, Zakopane - the Podhale Region at the base of the Tatra Mountains, Krakow the second largest city and one of the oldest cities in Poland.  Krakow is situated on the Vistula River and there is so much to see - St Marys Basilica, the Cloth Hall, you can enjoy a beautiful evening horse and carriage ride around the Krakow market square. Wisla, Folklore Cultural Festival, Zywiec - home of the Polish Beer Brewery, Chocholow, home of the Blazonczyk family. You will so enjoy a raft ride down the
Dunajec River, Goralski picnics, polka parties, optional tours to the Wieliczka Salt Mines, and Oswiecim Concentration Camp.

You have the option to extend your trip in Europe to spend an additional 4 days on the sunny coast of the Adriatic Sea in Dubrovnik, Croatia. Beautiful beachfront hotel with resort pleasures. Day trips are planned for Medjugorje - a town in Bosnia known as a place of Catholic pilgrimage where the Virgin Mary appeared on Apparition Hill. Mostar - straddling the Neretva River, known for the iconic Stari Most - Old Bridge.  A staircase leads up to the Koski Mehmed-Pasha Mosque minaret for panoramic city views.    Montenegro - known for its coast of stunning scenery. Mountains that abruptly drop into the sea, stone and pebble beaches tucked in wooded bays, and glittering sea caves are just a few of the many splendors of this fabulous countryside. 

Contact PAT Tours 1-800-388-0988 or Bel-Aire Enterprises 708-594-5182 for more information.
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When in Michigan the St. Stan’s Polish Festival is a must!!!

2501 John E. Solinski Dr., Bay City, MI 48708
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When in Michigan the St. Stan’s Polish Festival is a must!!!

2501 John E. Solinski Dr., Bay City, MI 48708

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Where in Michigan?

2 months ago

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Polkas, Kielbasa, and lots of beer! Coming your way June 8th! ... See MoreSee Less

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Polkas, Kielbasa, and lots of beer! Coming your way June 8th!

Updated public schedule for Bay City Polka Panic Band of Michigan.

These are all Mid-Michigan based performances around the Saginaw Bay Area of the mitten

If you need any further information please e-mail baycitypolkapanicband@gmail.com

Thank you for enjoying Polka entertainment!!!
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Updated public schedule for Bay City Polka Panic Band of Michigan.

These are all Mid-Michigan based performances around the Saginaw Bay Area of the mitten

If you need any further information please e-mail baycitypolkapanicband@gmail.com

Thank you for enjoying Polka entertainment!!!

2 months ago

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Summer Hummer 2.....June 8th!
Due to lots of interest regarding this dance...I needed a new layout at Independence Firehall for this upcoming dance to fit everyone! Call, text or email me to RESERVE YOUR ADVANCE SEAT! That’s correct....reserve an advance chair/seat and NOT A TABLE! Three rows of chairs will be placed around the entire hall...the three bands will be set up on the back wall where the tables are usually set up. The entire room will now be for dancers with rows of chairs surrounding them....lots of dancing room for all! For this dance, the tables will be placed in the other room where the fire trucks are located. The firetrucks will be moved out so that tables can be setup in that room for those that want some quiet conversation or a place to sit and enjoy your food from the kitchen. Reserve your Advance Seat(s)! See flyer for all details on how to contact me!
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2 months ago

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Everything is Included! $10 includes Rides, Water Park, Entertainment, Parking and 60+ Vendors! ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

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2 months ago

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Less than a week away!! ... See MoreSee Less

Less than a week away!!

2 months ago

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2 months ago

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Jim Sierzega, Ed "Weasel" Wolinski, Eddie Blazonczyk & Jerry Darlak ... See MoreSee Less

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As far as polka music, it just never got any better than Eddie B. It didn’t matter who he had playing with him, he was always the very best. I miss him at all the music festivals. Thank God for YouTube. Great memories.

Love this orchestra

Love dancing to them.

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