St. Louis Metro Polka Club


Table Of Contents
Polish Hall Directions
Application to Join Club
25 Year Club History
 Club Officers
Gift Suggestions 
Local Bands 
DJ's
2020 Events
 
Just for Fun

Photo Gallery
Stampede photos
 S.H.I.R.T. photos 
Contrast Dance 

Related Polka/Dance Sites

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Polka Jammer Network
Polka 101 Dance Video

Instructional polka video

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Meeting and  Dance Turner Hall in Columbia June 27th

The officers have decided to have a meeting and dance Sunday June 27th, but at a different location. Columbia is in Monroe County and is not subject to the stricter Madison County guidelines where Polish Hall is located.  Turner Hall's location is 211 E Cherry St, Columbia IL and it has a beautiful wooden dance floor. The hall has a 350-person capacity and there is enough space to have the tables 6ft apart and social distance.  Butch's Polka Kings will be playing beginning at 2:30.  The member meeting begins at 1:30. The election of new officers was supposed to take place in 2020, so certainly that will be a topic discussed at the meeting. Please plan on attending.  We all look forward to seeing your eyes in June.  Masks will be necessary to be worn to enter the building.  The bar will be open, but you will need to bring your own snacks if desired. 

Supporting Polka Music Today

A perfect way to support polka music is by donating a little of your money to keeping polka music on the radio.  Anthony Kaminski's WEW 770AM radio programs have been a blessing to us for years and especially in the pandemic when we can't go anywhere.  Anthony has three different programs - Polka Time in Old St Louis, Polish Hour, and Polka Plus on Sunday afternoons.  The polka programs are in need of donations to keep the programs on air.  If you enjoy listening to these programs, please consider a donation - of any size. Please make the check out to Polka Plus and mail to 14 Whitewood St, St Peters, MO 63376. Include a music request (and program time slot you'd like it to be played on) with your donation, and Anthony will make every effort to play it for you. You can be assured that 100% of any donation will go towards keeping the radio programs on the air.

Important information on Polish Hall and Polka Club Events

The manager of Polish Hall has indicated it will be closed and not reopen until Phase 5 is declared.  Phase 5 is "Illinois Restored" which will begin when a vaccine or a widely available and highly effective Covid 19 treatment, or with the elimination of any new cases over a sustained period of time.

In essence, when it is safe to gather Polka Club events will return at Polish Hall and NOT before.

Please stay healthy and follow CDC guidelines. There are oodles of polka related videos and music at your fingertips through the internet.  In any search engine, type in polka music and dancing.  If you have a particular ethnic style you like add that as well to narrow the search to your favorites.

Postponed Election of Club Officers

Our current officers terms were up June 28th 2020 and due to the pandemic will stay on until we can have an election.  All office positions are available if you'd like to help the club out and become an officer. The current club officers and official duties are posted.  None of these positions is difficult to do, so please consider donating your time to continue to promote the club and polka music.  Without club officers, the polka club will be obligated to disband.

Expanded Polka Music on Radio and Through Your Computer

Radio station  WEW 770 AM  has Polka programming on Sundays.  
  • Sunday 2:00-3:00 PM Polkas and Waltzes back to back
  • 3:00 - 4:00 PM Polish Hour  with Anthony Kaminski
  • 4:00 - 5:00 PM Polka Plus with Anthony Kaminski
WEW also streams live at  http://www.wewradio.com. If you'd like to request a song or become a sponsor to keep this type of programming on the air, call 314-969-7700 during the broadcast.
Webcasts that feature polka music on line any time you want are available.  Yes, that midnight ramble to the fridge, could also take you to a computer where you'll be able to hear polka music pumped into your computers speakers.  Each of the websites offer connections at high speed (Cable/DSL) or dial up.  Enjoy! Prime Time Polkas offers the best in  Slovenian / Cleveland style polkas and waltzes. Visit the On line Broadcast links on the left side of this page.

 
Polka! Hosted by Mollie B

PBS out of Wisconsin recently aired a documentary filmed in 2016 on the polka, and is hosted by Mollie B. The documentary is excellent and includes the history of the polka, with interviews with several musicians, and even  has a few of our club members dancing in the background, hope you can pick them out. POLKA! video opens in a new window

What's a Polka Fest?

In case you've ever wondered what it's like to go to a Polka Festival, you can't beat the one that's held in New Glarus Wisconsin in June - the Roger Bright Memorial Polka Fest.  This a combination indoor and outdoor festival with great music and lots of fun held in a small town which happens to brew the state of Wisconsin's best selling beer - Spotted Cow.  Photos from last year's event are posted http://www.flickr.com/photos/o2bkjn/sets/72157636132800615/.  Many thanks to Dancin Donna for setting up this set of photos.  Roger Bright's band played for the St Louis Metro Polka Club's festivals for many years.  He passed away in 2001, but his music lives on, as does this festival.

Our Polka Dancers in Action Youtube Video

When you have some time to sit in front of your computer, you might enjoy seeing club members in action.  We'll keep posting the videos for your enjoyment.
The Button Box Club https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Az6VAscYx4&feature=em-share_video_user
Eddie Korosa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pErJB9ZN2Y&list=UUh7Xm4MwwXSCoDuB75Ne3Dw&index=1
Polka Connection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXYvqROwZWE&feature=em-share_video_user
Polka Stampede http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJGVhPwl3bU
Eddie Korosa http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vW6bqKyUul4

Need to Polka for an Upcoming Wedding or Event?   

Don't panic.  There is no better place to learn how to polka dance than at at Polish Hall 826 Greenwood St, Madison, IL. Lots of skilled dancers are present and are willing teach you how to dance.  Polish Hall has a wooden dance floor, and a separate bar area for the libation of your choice.  The best time to learn is at the St Louis Metro Polka Club functions.   You'll have better success if your shoes have leather soles, and if you have a musical choice for the polka, opt out of the Beer Barrel Polka, the tempo is a little ambitious for a beginner.

Become A Member

The club is always looking for new members. It's only $8 a year -- join in January for the maximum benefit. The benefits of membership include a quarterly newsletter, information on special events, and an opportunity to meet some of the nicest people who just happen to enjoy polka music and polka dancing. Consider joining at one of our meetings and get a blue and white pompom to help welcome the bands If you'd like to join by mail please complete.Application to Join Club and mail it to one of the officers listed on the application.  Sorry, no on line applications can be accepted at this time.




last updated May 3, 2021