Editors Log, Polkadate August 2022. June was a tough month with the loss of Verlene Kuntschik, Bobby Flores, and Alice Sulak. Verlene was an ardent polka music supporter and a victim of the Hostyn church fire. Bobby succumbed to cancer. He was the quintessential musician, friend, and human. Alice Sefcik Sulak was a truly wonderful character, a person you went out of your way to experience her joy for life. When visiting the downstairs bar (with a lot of polka on the jukebox), and she was holding court over the place, I had the impression that she was the reincarnation of Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke. Once at a brief stay in a physical rehab center, she asked me if I’d help her escape, she had the window figured out and just needed help getting over the ledge…. Jerry Haisler spoke the following at her Life Celebration. Unfortunately, I had to shrink it down for publication reasons.
Columns & Opinions
The PoLKofA Texas Chapter’s general membership meeting held on Sunday, July 10, at the Sealy American Legion Hall was a HUGE success! But, it was successful only because of all the donations we received, all the background planning from our board members (and their spouses/ significant others) and the efforts of volunteers helping out wherever there was a need. It was also a success because of our members encouraging others to come out and have a little fun. After reviewing the pictures from the polkabeat.com email blast, I couldn’t lose the smile from my face, so I think I’ll say most of us had not a little, but a lot of FUN! So thank you all who donated items for the basket raffle, who helped decorate before and clean up afterwards, who stepped in to help out at the front table, in the dessert area, selling shirts and can coolers and raffle tickets. You are all greatly appreciated!
Thank you for reminding me, I love to read that there are still a lot of people who enjoy good muic and enjoy a good time, even up here in Wisconsin.
Thanks for your article on Page 2 (Gary E. KcKee's Editor's Log column, which was about local baseball clubs and their dances last month). I can remember as a kid visiting my grandparents in Giddings and going out to Fireman’s Park (I believe) and watching adult “hardball.” The teams were from Giddings and nearby towns. Also, I have a handful of letters (in German) that my grandad wrote to his soon-to-be wife. He spoke of taking her to a “ball” if I can “get a wagon.” You are on target!
It was an exhilarating experience to come out of the kitchen area at the National Polka Festival in Ennis, walk into the ballroom and find a sea of polka people doing the Seven-Step Polka. It was so crowded, I wasn’t even daring to get on the floor. So, I sat that one out and enjoyed watching all the smiles and laughter of all the polkaing people from the very young to the very young at heart. The dance floors stayed full in all the halls all day long!