Celebrate Cleveland-Style at the Thanksgiving Polka Weekend
North, south, east, west, Cleveland-Style Polka’s best! Dance to the finest Cleveland-and Slovenian-Style performers at North America’s renowned three-day polka-thon. The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum presents the annual Thanksgiving Polka Weekend and the 30th Awards Show spectacular – all at the Cleveland Downtown Marriott Hotel, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, November 23, 24 and 25. It's the sound that made Collinwood famous.
TV’s Barefoot Becky and the Ivanhoe Dutchmen arrive from Iowa, the Singing Slovenes from Minnesota, Dick and Jack Tady from Pennsylvania, Joey Miskulin from Nashville, Fritz’s Polka Band from New York and Walter Ostanek from Canada. Performers include last year’s winning band, the Jeff Pecon Orchestra, and button-boxers of the year Kathy Hlad and the Fairport Jammers. Check the daily line-up for your favorites.
Twenty orchestras and entertainers are scheduled each day in three hotel locations. Polka personality Tony Petkovsek, who started the festival in 1963, gives the downbeat for the Friday evening button box jam with as many as fifty accordions.
Take a “Polka Road Trip” with the Polka Hall of Fame as celebrates its 30th anniversary with a stage full of stars from across America’s Polka Belt at the Awards Show spectacular in the Marriott Ballroom, Saturday, November 25, at 2:00 p.m. Tom Mroczka directs the all-star stage orchestra as top talents share the spotlight with winners of this year’s awards, celebrity presenters and polka-rific surprises. Father Frank Perkovich follows the festivities with his Polka Mass at 4:00.
Reserve today – The Marriott Hotel books up fast! Only $105 for a single or double room per night, tax included and free attached indoor parking. Each Thursday ticket is $15, $20 on Friday, and $10 on Saturday, including free indoor parking. 18 and under free! Awards Show tickets are $25 each. Save with a Polka Combo Pass – all four events only $60 per person. For hotel reservations, call Kollander Travel, (216) 692-1000. To order tickets, contact the Polka Hall of Fame, (216) 261-3263.
Joe Valencic is a North Collinwood resident and President of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum.