Bohemian Princess Diary

T’was another great year of dancing across Texas. Looking at past issues of TPN, here are my 2019 highlights.

SqueezeBox featuring Mollie B and Ted Lange were featured in the movie The Mule, produced by and starring Clint Eastwood. The scene at the VFW included many Texas dancers.

• Louis Stewart Jr. and Elaine Rosquist won the King and Queen dance contest at the National Polka Festival in Ennis.

• Polka Lovers Klub of America Texas Chapter celebrated its 30th anniversary. TPN founder Julius Tupa was instrumental in launching the chapter.

• Swiss Alp Dance Club celebrated its 85th anniversary.

The Moravians celebrated 10 years.

Brave Combo celebrated 40 years.

TPN celebrated its 5th year with Gary and I producing the paper.

Alice Sefcik Sulak was presented with a plaque from the IPA honoring her more than 75 years as a musician and polka promoter.

• Texas Dance Hall Preservation honored Alice with a Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov. 17 (See more coverage on this in January).

• South Texas Polka Hall of Fame inducted Wence Shimek Orchestra, Fritz Hodde & Fab 6, and South Texas Polka Fest Founders Bobby Pavliska, Henry Pavliska, and Linda Pavliska.

• Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame inducted Bennie Lueders, Junior Knight, Tommy Olan Hancock, Jimmy Burson, Michael Christian, The Roadside Playboys, and Bobby Wynne.

• Big Squeeze contest winners: Perla Hernandez, Conjunto 17 and under; Eduardo Garza, Conjunto Anthony Ortiz Jr Prize; Elijah Clements, Polka; Chloe Johnson, Cajun & Zydeco.

Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and let's resolve to Polka On! in the new decade.

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