Texans Polka On at First IPA Hall of Fame Dance
About 400 Texans attended a Super Bowl Polka Party with SqueezeBox, raising more than $2,000 for the International Polka Association Hall of Fame, and signing up several new members. The event, sponsored by Texas Polka News, took place on Sunday, Feb. 7, at SPJST Lodge 88 in Houston. Band members Mollie B, Ted Lange, and Dana Lindblad visited with fans before the dance. Danny Zapletal, IPA Hall of Fame newest director, welcomed everyone and gave a brief history of the IPA. He also introduced Texas musician and radio DJ Alfred Vrazel, who was inducted into the IPA Hall of Fame in 2014. Alfred told everyone about his experience of attending the IPA Convention with a busload of Texas polka fans and how all were treated like royalty. Mollie B read a letter from IPA President Rick Rzeszutko thanking everyone for attending the event and welcoming the Texas region to the IPA Hall of Fame. For the grand finale, SqueezeBox was joined on stage by Alfred, Danny, and John Dujka for a medley of traditional Czech polkas, When the Saints Go Marching In, and You Are My Sunshine.