Eddie Ostry - "My best Polka memory was my time playing with Little Wally“. To learn more about Eddie’s contributions to the Polka community, watch this video of a talk he recently gave at a CPA general membership meeting. You will really enjoy it.
Barb Vinez – I remember we had Christmas Parties (for the kids) and one of them was at St. Josephat's and my son, Michael, was probably 2 yrs. old so I believe I probably joined in 1976 because he was born in 1975. We (meaning Jean Wagner, Barb Haselow, me and a few others) did the cooking for this party and we had a ball in the kitchen at St. Josephat's, except when I burned my hand on the hot grease frying the chicken, but we never skipped a beat and everyone really enjoyed it. I believe Mike Stevens played for this party and gifts for the kids were bought by Barb and Linda Pezo specifically for each kid. I can remember Michael getting a fairly large plastic fire truck and he sat on it and rode it or Cindy or John pushed all around the hall.
Robert Dvoroznak – I favor the Slovenian style of Polkas. I worked with Lenny Zadell who played Polish style. He and I enjoyed many polka events together. I remember Wally’s Polka Chips and the Joe Beno Orchestra. They are part of our heritage. I enjoy the Polka Pirates and the Chardon Polka Band today. I can’t dance like I used to but I love to listen to Polka music. By the way, I wish new cars still had CD players, I miss listening to Polkas as I drive.
Patricia Frances Padyjasek - Patricia (Stemkowski) Padyjasek was the eight child of Peter and Frances Pronishen-Stemkowski, born on September 24, 1936; 100% Polis family. When five years old she became a member of The Polish National Alliance. On October 5, 1957, Patricia married Joseph Padyjasek, son of Andrew and Helen (Ashmanas) Padyjasek. They were married almost 58 years when he passed August 10,2015. Patty and Joe were proud of their Polish ethnicity, supporting all Polish dances locally and once retired, they branched out to the dances in Cleveland, Youngstown, and Pittsburgh, when able. Patty is fun loving and likes to listen to all the new and old bands with her favorite being Marion Lush. Patricia is always available to assist the local Polish organizations when able with her great ethnic cooking and baking skills. Patty is the mother of Carla (Larry) Tedeschi, sons Peter and John, granddaughter, Dr. Carissa Tedeschi and grandson Christopher Tedeschi and her miniature schnauzer, Glennon. Patty will celebrate her 86 birthday in 2022! Sto Lat!!!!
Steve Szczawinski - When I was a kid (pre-teen, teen), Polka Varieties, etc was a staple of my parents entertainment. It was entertainment for my parents but just noise for me. As a young adult following military service, Polka Dances were never given a thought.
Eugene Bryda - One of Eugene’s most treasured Polka memories is following his cousins; Jimmy, Richie and Kenny who made up the Lorain Polka Sharps. Eugene would record their sessions and gigs! Eugene was a talented Polka dancer. He and his late wife, Carla, won dancing contests at Parma Town and various church events. Eugene loved to go to Brookstate after finishing his shift at the GM/Chevrolet plant. He has lived in Florida since 2006 and has a collection of over 400 Polka CD’s.
Nancy Novak - My interest in polka music began as a teenager. Every morning I'd wake up to the famous trumpeter in old Krakow playing to alert the residents of invaders to the city which then introduced Tony Zebrowski and his polka program featuring polkas, waltzes and obereks. This always kept me in the right frame of mind to face the day with a radiant smile.
My parents hosted many family gatherings with the stereo playing polka music and all would take song sheets and sing along with Lil Wally. We always had polka music in our house. Then there was a young polka accordionist in our neighborhood who joined in and played for free. That was Wally Chips!