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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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Did you know? January is National Polka Month! ... See MoreSee Less

We have so many exciting events coming up around the country in the next several weeks. Check out our events pages for more information.
January 13-14 - Chicago, IL
January 27 - Buffalo, NY
January 27 - Schulenburg, TX
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2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the charter officially recognizing the International Polka Association as a non-profit organization. We are excited about the many events we have planned this year to celebrate this special anniversary. We thank you for your continued support. ... See MoreSee Less

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