Martha Supak Jones was the product of a musical upbringing as her Father, Harry Supak, began a family band, The Country Playboys, in 1970. They were based in Eagle Lake. Martha’s sister Shirley (10) was on drums and Martha (12) played bass and the girls shared vocals. Harry played lead guitar. Another sister, Carol, would sit in on drums when Shirley played the autoharp. After the girls married and left the band, brother Larry took their spot and the band, along with other musicians, including Martha’s son Jason Jones, (currently with Texas Dream) and Troy Arndt (currently Blue Denim’s drummer), continued making music until the year 2000.
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Editors Log Polkadate January 2023.
Editor’s Log, Polkadate October 2022. The summer heat wave is over after redefining what cool weather is, “Hey, it’s only gonna be in the low 90s today,” and the rain chance is still at 50%, either it will or it won’t.
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.
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!