Polkarrific Newsletter
DATE: 01-28-2013
A Recap Of 2012
2012 was a very good year for polka festivals and dances. We started the year off with the New Year’s Eve Dance at the Croatian Center with Becky’s Ivanhoe Dutchmen. Oh, what a dance! Then, in January we went to the Cedar Valley Polka Club’s Christmas Party in Readlyn, Iowa, with Becky’s Ivanhoe Dutchmen. February we went to Arizona and while we were there we attended 4 dances. March took us to Keystone, Iowa, for a local dance with Becky. Also, we went to Janesville, Wisconsin, to the Moose Lodge Festival. The Moose Lodge Festival was a good time with several great bands. In April we went to a dance in Duncan and the Meskwaki Casino. May ended up being a busy month with the Mai Fest at the Amana’s, a night at the Hessen Haus in Des Moines and a Walcott dance. The highlight of May was the trip to Texas to the National Czech
SEC 1   ~ Year End Recap  
SEC 2   ~ Snow Birds    
  Mission, Texas  
SEC 3   ~ New Year's Eve Dance  
  Des Moines, Iowa  
Christmas At Tim & Kathy's SEC 4   ~ Heatwave Festival 2013  
  Kewaskum, Wisconsin  
Festival. Malek’s Fishermen provided a bus trip to this event and everyone had a fantastic time. June brought us the 10th Annual Becksterfest with 8 of the best Midwest Polka Bands. July we made the trip to Ellsworth, Wisconsin, to the Ellsworth Polka Festival. Another great time was had. September was the busiest month of the year with the Humboldt Fest & Duncan Fest, also the Galena, Independence, & Des Moines Oktoberfest. We sure had a great time at these Oktoberfest celebrations. It is truly the best time of the year for one to celebrate their German or Czech heritage. Heck, no matter what your heritage is, it is still fun celebrating it in September. October was slow with one dance, but November brought the best dance of the year. The Kahler/Marriott Polka Party in Rochester, Minnesota. People came from all over the USA to attend this event. It is truly one of the best dances of the year. It also        
marks the close of the festival season. We attended a couple other dances this month and December was a very slow month with no dances for us. We sure look forward to the New Year so we can plan out our dancing season. We truly would like to thank all bandleaders and the very talented musicians who play for these bands. If it weren’t for you we would not have these splendid dances to go to. We look forward in seeing all our polka friends at upcoming festivals in 2013. From the staff of Polkarrific we wish you good health and great dancing
~~~Tim Westemeyer
We are looking forward in bringing you new and exciting stories this new year. We hope to see many of our readers at the next polka dance or festival. We love to dance and visit with new friends. Please email us any time a let us know what you think of this new newsletter.      Tim        
Oktoberfest, The Best Time To Wind Down The Year
A Little Bit About The Snowbirds Down South
success and we sure enjoyed it. On New Year's Eve we attended a Lyle Beaver Dance here in the valley in Texas. Lyle played a lot of Polkas, Waltz, & Fox trots. We sure enjoyed his music. Lyle and the band play a lot in our area here in the valley. On January 4th we attended a Julie Lee Dance at Parr South and also at Mission Bell. We had a chance to talk to Julie and her husband. We also danced to several of their songs. We sure had a fantastic time at these dances. Julie and her husband came down from Mesa, Arizona, for a few scheduled dances. Then they will return to Arizona. Leroy and Virginia performed a little at the Pharr South and we listened to them. Also, Mollie B will be at the Pharr South January 17th and at the Mission Bell January 18th. We plan on being at both of these
We want to share a little news from the Southern part of the US. Jim and I are staying in the warm climate of Texas. On our way down to Texas we stopped off at the Mollie B taping in Branson, Missouri, on November 11th. This show was going to be for the Christmas Show to be aired on the RFD Television Channel around Christmas time. Other people that we knew also attended this show and also came to Texas. The show had a great
dances. Bill & Mar are friends of ours who attend most of these dances with us. They are active members of the Eastern Chapter Polka Club of Iowa. We all have so much fun here in Texas dancing to the old time music.
~~~ By Juanita Farrell
On December 31, 2012, New Year’s Eve, The Croatian Slavic Center on Indianola Ave. in Des Moines hosted an old time dance with Barefoot Becky and The Ivanhoe Dutchmen from Mount Vernon, Iowa. The Center opened at 7Pm and the dance started at 8:30 Pm. The ticket price at the door was $30.00, which included all beverages from 8:30 Pm to 12:30 Pm. It also included a light meal of sandwiches, potato salad,
New Year's Eve At The Croatian Slavic Center
 shoes during her gigs…she is barefoot on stage. When she left the stage she wore flip flops. The band interacted with the dancers. The dancers in turn cheered for the band, especially the tuba Player, Tom, when he would play partial solos or entertain with a loud rip. Everyone was having a great time dancing and enjoying the entertaining band. The band played waltzes and Fox Trots, also. At 9:30 Pm the band stopped playing and everyone went downstairs for some lunch. A short time later the band started up with another polka. Everyone was back out on the flooring dancing. Then Becky announced the next dance would be a mixer. They were going to play a Circle Two Step where you started with one partner and then changed partners throughout the dance. There were a lot of interested dancers that came out for this dance. Soon it was 12 midnight and the band played Old Auld Lang Syne. Everyone was exchanging hugs and New Year’s wishes with each other. I want to say this was a fun dance and a great way to end the year.
Happy New Year Kathy & Becky
that are in the Midwest. Iowa dance enthusiasts have popularized the Polka, which originated more than 150 years ago as a Bohemian courtship dance. Throughout the years, Iowans have adopted Polka Music as a part of the state’s rich cultural history and are entertained by the spirited quick-paced polka dance. Thus, Governor of The State
Bringing In The New Year
chips and veggie plate at 10 Pm. For those who are not familiar with old time dance it includes Polka, Waltz, Foxtrot, Circle 2 Step and Schottische dances. These dances are heritage dances that are preserved by Polka Bands throughout the United States. There are many excellent and talented musicians who play in these bands
Dancing Is So Much Fun
~~~ Kathy Hulse
 of Iowa, Terry E. Branstad, has proclaimed January, 2013, as Polka Month. The Governor urges all Iowans to enjoy the special art of Polka Music. At 8:30 Pm the band started playing a high-energy polka. The dance floor was full of polka dancers in a very short time. I thought it was interesting that Barefoot Becky does not wear
To dance is to reach for a word that doesn't exist,
To sing the heartsong of a thousand generations,
To feel the meaning of a moment in time.
~~~Beth Jones
Dancing A Schottische
First Polka Festival of 2013, The Heatwave
 were able to stay at the fest and practice your dance. Barry Boyce had a college student from Ames playing drums. He was sounding great with Barry on the accordion and John on bass. Later, John’s 8 year old son, Zach, was playing drums and doing a fantastic job. He later told me his dad is also teaching him to play the concertina. The Goodtime Dutchmen also had a young accordion player in their band. He was Randy Thull’s son, and playing his heart out as best he knew how. It was great seeing these young musicians in these polka bands. The best part was they really enjoyed the music and playing their instruments. I noticed a young
Sweet Dancing
They Can All Dance Polka were all dancing with them. Grandpa, Rhode, had taught all of them how to dance when they were 5 years old. The kids all agreed they like the up beat polka. They were all doing a great job dancing. This was a great polka fest for all to enjoy.
For a long while now I had heard a lot of good things about the Heatwave Polka Fest at The Amerahn Ballroom in Kewaskum, Wisconsin, so I decided to go this year and see what happens at this fest. The event took place January 18, 19, and 20, 2013. There were 2 bands, Music Connection from Wisconsin and Jerry Schneider, also from Wisconsin, who played from 6Pm to 12 midnight. The music started on Saturday at noon with The Barry Boyce Band from Nebraska. They played alternately with The Goodtime Dutchmen,
~~~ Kathy Hulse
“Sleep my little baby-oh
Sleep until you waken
When you wake you'll see the world
If I'm not mistaken...

Kiss a lover
Dance a measure,
Find your name
And buried treasure...

Face your life
Its pain,
Its pleasure,
Leave no path untaken.”                   ~~~Neil Gaiman
who are from the Kewaskum area and Steve Meisner from Wisconsin, until 11Pm. On Sunday Mark Jirikovec started playing at noon and played alternately with The Top Notchmen. Both bands were from Wisconsin. I was able to attend the fest on Saturday. At 11 Am Randy and Ashley Thull were giving free polka dance lessons. There were 26 people there learning the polka hop. The advantage to these dance lessons was instead of having to go home to practice what you learned you
Another young Musician
 adult who had many young dance partners that ranged in age from 1 month to adult. I visited with him and his family. His name was Greg and his wife was Jeanne-Marie. He had been dancing with his 1month old niece. He and Jeanne-Marie and family had met Jeanne-Marie’s dad, Rhode, at the dance. Their 4 children, Raelee in 10th grade, Emmalee in 9th grade, Maggie in 7th grade and Daniel in 5th grade,
Dancing With Oma
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