Bohemian Princess Diary

Wow, what a year! Thank you all for making the Texas Polka News 30th anniversary year one to remember! We had a great celebration in June that people are still talking about, the subscription drive contest helped us increase our readership by 30 percent, Texas Polka News has its own website and e-edition, and I was inducted into the Polka Hall of Fame in Hallettsville. At the end of last year, Marie Tupa and I were recognized by the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange for promoting polka.

This year also marked the fifth year that Gary and I have been at the publishing helm. Gary continues to get letters from readers thanking him for his interesting and well-researched articles. I continue to get comments wherever I go that we're doing a great job and that people read the newspaper cover to cover, and can't wait for it to arrive each month. I have even been told that I have a new title - social secretary - since our calendar of events helps with lots of date nights and weekend get-aways.

Thanks to Justin Everett for his CD reviews, DJ profiles, and the stories he sends my way that I didn't assign, but were done out of his love for writing and music. And our crew of photograghers is just amazing!

I also appreciate the support of our advertisers. Julius Tupa set the stage for helping advertisers reach people who love to dance, and I am grateful to continue many of those relationships, as well as start new advertising relationships.

This tells me we're doing something right. It's a good feeling to know our efforts are appreciated.

This issue features one of my favorite dance halls, although I don't get to visit very often. Sweet Home Hall was one of the first halls John and I went to when I was starting Tony Janak welcomed us and everyone was so friendly.

Tony was one of the first hall managers to get what I was trying to do with the polkabeat web site and he supported me with advertising. You think newspaper advertising is a tough sell, try explaining to polka clients back in 2010 why they should be advertising on the worldwide web when many didn't even have a computer.

Sweet Home is one of the favorite venues of our photographers. The images they capture just show people having a great time. See the photos on page 7, and you can't help but smile!

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Till next month, Polka On!

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