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It's National Polka Month! What better way to support polkas by joining the International Polka Association? Visit our link below, and save $5 on our commemorative 50th anniversary t-shirt when you join or renew your membership!
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Coming up next weekend in Buffalo - we hope to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less

3rd Annual IPA Buffalo Festival of Polka Bands

January 27, 2018, 5:00pm - January 27, 2018, 11:00pm

3rd Annual IPA Buffalo Festival of Polka Bands Saturday, January 27, 2018 Music 5PM - ? Potts Banquet Hall 41 S Rossler Buffalo, NY 14206 Admission: $15, IPA members $10

Coming up next weekend - we'll see you in Texas! ... See MoreSee Less

Polka Month Dance in Texas!

January 27, 2018, 7:00pm - January 27, 2018, 11:00pm

$5 admission for IPA members! Kids 12 and under: FREE! Congratulate Mark and John Dujka on receiving their "Best International Polka Song" for "Church Picnic Polka." Schulenburg KC Hall 405 South Street Schulenburg, TX

Many years ago, the late Joseph Jozwiak, a director of the IPA, made a suggestion that an award be bestowed upon an individual or group of Individuals who have made a significant contribution or endeavor to enhance the promotion of polka music. After much discussion, the International Polka Association (IPA) voted to honor those worthy individuals with the establishment of the Special Achievement Award. To pay tribute to Joe Jozwiak, following his passing, this award was renamed the Joe Jozwiak Special Achievement Award. The award is given to recognize polka personalities who might not otherwise be acknowledged for their dauntless contributions. Nominees can include DJs, polka writers, promoters, ballroom operators, etc.; bands and musicians are excluded.

We would like to congratulate this year’s recipient of the Joe Jozwiak Special Achievement Award, NORB CIESLA.

If you are at a polka dance and a guy with a video camera tells you he is a priest – you are probably talking to Norb Ciesla (aka Father Norb) from Orland Park, IL, President of the Let’s Polka USA. Club. Norb is married to Lorraine, his wife for over 57 years.

Polka music is a passion for Norb. It is not unusual for a dance you are at today, to be on YouTube that night for your viewing and listening pleasure. Today Norb has posted over 10,300 videos and will exceed 5,000,000 hits by the end of January.

Words from Norb Ciesla: “It has been a great honor to follow the footsteps of founder Mike and continue to share that great polka music with old and new friends across the world.The internet has given me a chance to share the fun we have with family and friends at our dances while enjoying music from excellent polka musicians that play for our club. I really try to capture the fun and joy that polka music brings to people’s lives. It is very hard to be sad when a great polka is playing. You just want to get up and dance. Nothing makes me happier than seeing some of our senior members dancing with some of our younger members and carrying the polka joy forward into the next generation. You know you are at a polka dance because there are no iPhones – instead the kids are interacting, dancing and having fun. It is a great honor to receive the Joe Jozwiak award. I extend my thank you to the IPA, the great bands we get to listen to, the great friends and families I have met over the years throughout the United States. I also would like to thank “Polka Hall of Famer”, Richie Gomulka and his wife for the privilege of being on the Polka Jammer Internet Show as a guest. Best wishes to everyone for 2018!”
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The IPA and Festival of Friendship will be running a bus trip from Chicago to Wisconsin March 17-18. We hope you can join us. Make your reservations today!
IPA Wisconsin Weekend
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Ipa Tribute-Band performing at the 49th annual International Polka Association Chicago Festival of Polka Bands at Glendora Banquets in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. ... See MoreSee Less

The Music Company performing at the 49th annual International Polka Association Chicago Festival of Polka Bands at Glendora Banquets in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. ... See MoreSee Less

Windy City Brass performing at the 49th annual International Polka Association Chicago Festival of Polka Bands at Glendora Banquets in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. ... See MoreSee Less

D Street Band performing at the 49th annual International Polka Association Chicago Festival of Polka Bands at Glendora Banquets in Chicago Ridge, Illinois. Sunday, January 14, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

Just a glimpse into some of the items you’ll see inside the International Polka Association Hall of Fame and Museum in Chicago, Illinois. ... See MoreSee Less

Lenny Gomulka and Chicago Push at the IPA Warm Up Dance at Polonia Banquets. Chicago, IL; Saturday, January 13, 2018. ... See MoreSee Less

Today is the day! We’re excited to hear we have polka friends visiting from as far as Canada and Massachusetts. See you in Chicago tonight! ... See MoreSee Less

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We wish safe travels to everyone joining us in Chicago this weekend. See you at Polonia Banquets tomorrow and Glendora Banquets on Sunday! ... See MoreSee Less

IPA Warm Up Dance & 49th Annual Chicago Festival of Polka Bands

January 13, 2018, 6:00pm - January 14, 2018, 8:00pm

Saturday, January 13 Festival of Bands - Warm Up Dance Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push Polonia Banquets - Chicago, IL Music 6:00 PM - 10:00PM Sunday, January 14 49th Annual Chicago Festival of Polka Bands Glendora Banquets - Chicago Ridge, IL Music starts at 11:30 AM *No advance tickets sold. 2-day pass available at the door Saturday evening.

Ed Szela was elected IPA Director from Massachusetts in August 1999. He was born in Thompsonville, Connecticut, the son of Polish immigrants. His parents were actively involved in the Polish community, volunteering their services at local polka dances where Eddie developed his love of polka music and learned to speak Polish fluently at an early age. Eddie married his wife, Jeanne, on October 23, 1965.

They met at a polka dance, and along with their two daughters, Sue & Sandy, they traveled throughout the country attending numerous polka festivals, Polish picnics, and polka cruises. Eddie & Jeanne reside in Longmeadow, Massachusetts where they host an annual Christmas Party at “Club Szela”- Where the Party Never Ends!

Ed has always been dedicated to keeping polka music alive, not only by supporting various clubs and polka bands by attending their dances, but also by being an active member of the IPA and other polka organizations. He has for may years, along with Freddy Kendzierski, run a benefit for the IPA Hall of Fame at the Ludlow PACC with several thousand dollars of proceeds donated to the Hall of Fame Fund.

He is a dedicated board member of the Ludlow PACC and holds the position of Dance Committee Chairman donating his time and efforts to bringing many popular polka bands from near and far to entertain the polka fans. He also has organized many bus trips to various polka weekends and Polka Festivals. Ed is proud to have been honored by the Ludlow PACC with the Citizen of the Year Award for 2010, and by the IPA with the Joe Jozwiak Award for 2012.

Ed passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. He will be sorely missed by many.
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January is National Polka Month! So tell us...what is your favorite polka? ... See MoreSee Less

Due to work commitments, Polka Generations will be unable to perform this weekend. Revised band schedule as follows:

International Polka Association
Festival of Bands – Sunday January 14, 2018
Band Schedule

12:00 – 12:55 D Street Band
1:10 – 2:05 Windy City Brass
2:15 – 3:05 Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze
3:20 - 4:15 IPA Tribute Band
4:30 – 5:20 The Music Company
5:30 – 6:20 Freeze Dried
6:30 – 7:20 Tri-City Drive
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IPA Warm Up Dance & 49th Annual Chicago Festival of Polka Bands

January 13, 2018, 6:00pm - January 14, 2018, 8:00pm

Saturday, January 13 Festival of Bands - Warm Up Dance Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push Polonia Banquets - Chicago, IL Music 6:00 PM - 10:00PM Sunday, January 14 49th Annual Chicago Festival of Polka Bands Glendora Banquets - Chicago Ridge, IL Music starts at 11:30 AM *No advance tickets sold. 2-day pass available at the door Saturday evening.

50th ANNIVERSARY T-SHIRTS! New t-shirts celebrating our 50th anniversary have been released. Check out our IPA store for more information.
www.ipapolkas.com/store/#!/50th-Anniversary-T-Shirts/c/26125093
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