PRINTER'S NO. 1673

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA


SENATE BILL

No. 1293 Session of 1998


        INTRODUCED BY AFFLERBACH, O'PAKE, BODACK, WOZNIAK, COSTA,
           SCHWARTZ, ULIANA AND MUSTO, FEBRUARY 11, 1998

        REFERRED TO STATE GOVERNMENT, FEBRUARY 11, 1998

                                     AN ACT

     1  Selecting and designating polka music as the official American
     2     folk music of the Commonwealth.

     3     WHEREAS, Polka music originated in Europe, stemming from
     4  classical origins, and was brought to this country with many
     5  groups of immigrants from Europe; and
     6     WHEREAS, Polka music was transformed into a newer form of
     7  music in the 1920s and 1930s and is still evolving; and
     8     WHEREAS, Modern polka music has been a popular form of music
     9  in this Commonwealth during the 20th century; and
    10     WHEREAS, The "Pennsylvania Polka" is one of the most famous
    11  and respected polkas heard throughout the United States; and
    12     WHEREAS, Polka music is a main part of many major festivals
    13  in this Commonwealth as demonstrated by the Polka Fireworks
    14  Festival held at the Seven Springs Resort in Champion on the
    15  July 4th weekend, the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa
    16  in Doylestown held in September and the most well attended
    17  festival in the United States with over one million people


     1  attending in 1997, Musikfest in Bethlehem, all of which are
     2  nationally renowned; and
     3     WHEREAS, Pennsylvania has numerous facilities specifically
     4  used for polka music, such as Fiedor's Grove, simply known as
     5  "The Grove" throughout the national polka community, located
     6  near Mt. Pleasant, and Jolly Joe Timmer's Picnic Grove at Point
     7  Phillips in Northampton County where dances are conducted
     8  throughout the year; and
     9     WHEREAS, Pennsylvania is represented in the Polka Hall of
    10  Fame by Walt Groller of Whitehall and Jolly Joe Timmer of
    11  Bethlehem; and
    12     WHEREAS, Some of the leading polka bands in the country are
    13  from Pennsylvania, such as, the Polka Family from Catawissa, Jan
    14  Lewan Orchestra from Hazleton, John Stanky and the Pennsylvania
    15  Coal Miners from Nanticoke, Joe Stanky and the Cadets from
    16  Nanticoke, Jolly Joe and the Bavarians from Wilkes-Barre, the
    17  Kryger Orchestra of Wilkes-Barre, Chuck Pendrak Band from
    18  Philadelphia, Steve Huber and the Happy Austrians from Coplay,
    19  Bill Ribec and the Polka Plus Slovenian Band from Linglestown
    20  and Al Meixner Trio from Laury's Station; and
    21     WHEREAS, Polka music can be heard on many radio stations
    22  throughout this Commonwealth, including a worldwide transmission
    23  via international shortwave on WALN radio station, which
    24  originates in Allentown, on cable television stations,
    25  particularly Service Electric Cable TV, and at hundreds of
    26  events and festivals both large and small throughout the year;
    27  and
    28     WHEREAS, Dancing to, listening to and performing polka music
    29  is still and will continue to be a popular form of musical
    30  expression with the residents of this Commonwealth.
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     1     The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     2  hereby enacts as follows:
     3  Section 1.  Designation of folk music of the Commonwealth.
     4     Polka music is hereby selected, designated and adopted as the
     5  official American folk music of the Commonwealth of
     6  Pennsylvania.
     7  Section 2.  Effective date.
     8     This act shall take effect immediately.















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