Love to polka! (two outdoor venues where you may oompah-pah)

———————————————  Summer, 2012
Partner dancing is a rosy-cheek exchange between a guy and a gal.  The Polka is among the most lively dance floor interactions.
     “The Polka is a folk dance that’s popular in many cultures, countries, ethnic groups from around the world,” says Paul Collins, director and founder of Ethnic Dance Chicago, “Including:  France, Canada, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Croatia, Slovenia, Germany, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Slovakia, Mexico, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Peru, Argentina, Brazil, Namibia, Ireland and the United States.” Each group has a specific dance style, he adds.
     That’s a lot of oom-pah-pah!

Here are a couple summer, outdoor venues where you may invite your darling to Polka:

— The Berghoff Oktoberfest at the John C. Kluczynski Federal Plaza at the corner of Adams and Dearborn, 11 a.m.-9p.m. September 12-14.
     This would be a polka lunch date. The Johnny Wagner Band performs polka 11:45a.m.-2p.m. each day.
     Admission is free. German fare is available. For more information, visit here 

Annual Oktoberfest & Pig Roast at Lynfred Winery, 15 South Roselle Road in Roselle, Illinois, 3p.m.-9p.m. Saturday October 6 / noon-7p.m. Sunday October 7.
     Enjoy a feast, like a pork roast dinner, or chili, roasted corn, and other fixins’. Celebrate the debut of this year’s Lynfred Oktoberfest wine.
     And of course, love to polka! A polka band plays both days to provide plenty of chance to shuffle and twirl to the oompah-pahs.
     Admission is $3.00/ free for kids 13 and under. Lynfred wine is available by the glass and by the bottle. Food and beverage tickets are $1-each. For more information, visit here.

***Find a more personal perspective on the polka, plus links to Oktoberfest info at “Go for it! — polka at full speed” here.***

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