National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum

605 East 222nd Street
Euclid, OH 44123




Phone: 216-261-3263

Toll Free: 1-800-66POLKA

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The U. S. Ambassador-Designate to Slovenia, Brent Hartley, visited the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum on December 19 and learned about Slovenian music in America, Slovenian-American history and contributions, and the many Slovenian communities across the U. S. and Canada. He will begin his duties in Ljubljana in March. He was accompanied by Tim Piergalski, Desk Office for Austria and Slovenia in the U.S. Department of State.


Trustee Joe Novak and Joe Tomsick entertained on the accordion while all in attendance enjoyed potica rolls from Wojtila's Bakery. Guests included Joe Valencic, President; Tony Petkovsek, Chairman Emeritus; and August Pust.



Bishop Pevec

The members and friends of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum remember Bishop A. Edward Pevec, Auxiliary Bishop of Cleveland. Bishop Pevec celebrated the Polka Mass at many Thanksgiving Polka Weekends, often with Fr. Frank Perkovich. He last celebrated the Polka Mass on November 29, accompanied by Kathy Hlad and Joey Tomsick. Bishop Pevec is in our thoughts and prayers. Naj pociva v miru.
















Music Stars Shine at Polka Hall of Fame Awards

CLEVELAND, OH - The Frank Stanger Orchestra repeated as Band of the Year at the 27th annual polka music awards ceremony presented by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, November 29, 2014. Accordionist Brian O'Boyle was voted Musician of the year by the Polka Hall of Fame membership. Cleveland musician and radio host Denny Bucar and the late Kansas City bandleader and accordion champion Don Lipovac were inducted for their lifetime achievements in polka music. The musical stage show was the high point of the 51st Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend, held at the Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel. This was the first time the Awards Show was staged in the hotel's Grand Ballroom.


The Awards Show theme, "Down at the Friendly Tavern," paid tribute to the clubs, halls and lounges that hosted polka dances. Large-scale murals of vintage tavern photos were displayed on the ballroom walls. Several Polka Hall of Fame honorees appeared, including Canada's Polka King, Walter Ostanek; Minnesota accordionist Hank Thunander; accordionist Fred Ziwich; and banjo musician Ron Sluga. Featured performers included accordionists Alex Meixner (FL), Brian McCarty (KS), and Fritz Scherz (NY); TV's Chardon Polka Band; the Button Box Divas; the Don Wojtila Orchestra; the Jeff Pecon Orchestra; and banjo musician Bob Yankovic. The Awards Show orchestra was led by Tom Mroczka. The master of ceremonies was Ray Somich of WINT. The show was directed by Ray Somich II and produced by Joe Valencic. Each guest received a 64-page souvenir program book.


The Thanksgiving Polka Party Weekend brought polka entertainers from around the country for the three-day polka event. Nearly 700 room nights were booked at the Marriott. Performers included accordionist Joey Miskulin of Nashville's cowboy combo Riders in the Sky, and orchestras led by Frank Moravcik (OH), Ed Klancnik (MI), Linda Lee Brown (MI), Mike Schneider (WI), Fritz Scherz (NY), Rob DeBlander (MI), Frank Stanger (PA), Mike Luteran (OH), and the Skovenski Family (PA). The youngest musicians were Cleveland accordionist Joshua Kay, 15, and bass player Logan Watson, 16, of Greenville, PA.


Forty-three musicians appeared on the main stage in the traditional jam session on Friday evening. A high point was the Polka Mass, celebrated by Cleveland Bishop A. Edward Pevec and Fr. Frank Perkovich of Minnesota.


"Cleveland becomes the Polka Capital of America with this festival every Thanksgiving," said Joe Valencic, President of the Polka Hall of Fame. "Fans arrived from twenty states, Canada and the Netherlands, where Cleveland-Style polka music has a strong following."

"Polka music is happiness and pure joy," said accordionist Rebecca Huck, 20, who attended the weekend with parents Sabine and Herman from Parker Heights, Texas. "I love the beat and I love the music." Rebecca played along in several musical jam sessions.


Other 2014 polka music award winners were Kathy Hlad for Button Accordionist; Patty C and the Guys for Button Accordion Ensemble; Kim Skovenski for Vocalist; and the SNPJ Heritage Center for Culture and Heritage. Three side musicians received awards: Mark Habat (Fred Ziwich and the International Sound Machine), Jim Penko (Joey Tomsick Orchestra), and Brian Zupancic (Joe Novak and Friends). The Recording of the Year was presented to Bob Kravos and Walter Ostanek for "We Are Back." The Support and Promotion category was won by Mark Habat, Vice President of the Polka Hall of Fame and Chairman of the Thanksgiving Polka Weekend.


Polka Hall of Fame members also voted in two all-time hits songs, "Iron Mike," a polka standard adapted in 1971 by the late Cleveland bandleader Johnny Pecon from on an old Slovenian folk melody, and "El Rio Drive," a polka with a Tex-Mex flair written in 1985 by the late bandleader Verne Meisner of Wisconsin.


Six entertainers were added to the Polka Hall of Fame Trustees Honor Roll: saxophonists Tommy Grahek, Jerry Jasinski and Ted Lysiak; bandleader and accordionist Tony Trontel; the late accordionist and music teacher William Sneller; and the late Sheila Salvato, a musician with Down Syndrome.


Musicians and leaders of Slovenian and nationality organizations founded the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame was founded in 1987. Museum exhibits trace the story of Cleveland's home-grown dance music from its roots in the city's Slovenian neighborhoods to nationwide popularity. Historic instruments include an accordion belonging to Frank Yankovic, America's Polka King. The archive preserves 6,500 vintage recordings, some dating back a century. Each year, the organization's 1,300 members vote for best album and top musicians by category. The Polka Hall of Fame's annual Awards Show celebrates this style of American popular music. The Thanksgiving Polka Weekend was established in 1963 by radio host Tony Petkovsek, who serves as Chairman Emeritus of the Hall of Fame.


The Polka Hall of Fame and Museum is located at 605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, Ohio, in the historic former Euclid City Hall. Admission is free. Polka and Slovenian CDs are on sale on-line and in the museum store. Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 11:00 to 4:00. For more information, call (216) 261-FAME, toll-free (866) 66-POLKA, or check Facebook or the website,


Joe Valencic



Raffle Time!

The populair Polka Hall of Fame raffle. Get a chance to win $200 weekly. Order raffle tickets at the Polka Hall of Fame or call (216) 261-3263.




John Hasper has produced a CD from the Joey Tomsick Orchestra called Polkatively Button Box. Mark Habat has relased a two DVD set of Tony Petkovsek's 25th Thanksgiving Polka Weekend in 1988. Proceeds from both sales benefit the Polka Hall of Fame.



Board Nominations

Nominations are open for five Polka Hall of Fame trustee positions, three at-large, one representing musicians and one for support and promotion. Each three-year term is from April, 2015 to March 2018.



Raddell's Sausage Shop and Frank Azman Meat Market Earn Titles at Polka Hall of Fame Sausage Fest

Frank Azman of Cleveland's Azman and Sons Meat Market accepted the Best of Fest Jury Award and Raddell's Sausage Shop, from the city's Collinwood neighborhood, scored as the People's Choice at the 11th Slovenian Sausage Festival on Wednesday, September 10, 2014, hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum. Click here for more information



New polka CDs now on sale in the Gift Shop

Joey Tomsick - Polkatively Button Box

Bob Kravos & Walter Ostanek - We Are Back

Bob Kravos & Frank Zitko - Carrying On Old Family Traditions  

Zupanchick Brothers - Button Box Spectacular

Frank Svet - Don't Svet It -

Logan Watson - Polkas From The Woodshed

Frank Keil & Hank Haller - Polkas With Frank & Hank

Fred Ziwich - 60th Birthday Recording

Ron Pivovar - Hey Hi Hee Ho!

Glasbena Matica Singers - Golden Voices, 1 & 2



Congratulations Tony!

Chairman Emeritus and long time radio host Tony Petkovsek was inducted into the Lake County Senior Citizen Hall of Fame.



Polka and Slovenian T-Shirts

Show your spirit with a T-Shirt or sweatshort featuring a polka or Slovenian theme. Choose from different colors, designs and slogans. Available in the Gift Shop.









Denny Bucar


Don Lipovac