TAPS hosts dances several times per year at its home
base, Conn-Weissenberger Hall, 2020 W. Alexis Road in North Toledo. It
also sponsors Bus trips to major Polka events from time to time. See
dance schedule down page.
Membership can be purchased at any dance or [Click Here] for printable application form.
More info Kevin Kwiatkowski at 419-691-5684.
Membership is only $6.00 per year.
TAPS (The Toledo Area Polka Society) was born over 25 years ago. Its founding members had a vision to
keep Polka Music alive. There's a concept that Polish music is very oom-pa-pa, very heavy and very old,
you'll find in today's Polish world that is just not the case. The bands have established more of a beat
and a sound that really attracts a young crowd.
A little untraditional, but it just goes to show you the
teens of today have their own way to enjoy polkas.
Encourage our youth for self expression in their own updated way to keep polka music alive for years to come.
It's all about FUN!
"In Heaven There Is No Beer" is a terrific polka documentary available on VCR at the
Toledo Library Audio/Video Dept. and can be ordered for pick-up at any branch
Toledo Area Polka Society
Thanks for visiting - Hope to see you at a dance very soon!
The Toledo Area Polka Society (TAPS) is a non-profit organization. It
started in 1982 when a group of polka enthusiasts met in an East Toledo
garage. From its early days at LaPark Nite Club, their purpose in
starting the group was simply to promote live Polish music. What started
out with 25 members grew to a one-time peak of approximately 750 members
before an aging core caused the group to plateau at its current level of
400 enthusiasts. Its first officers, Tom Ross president, Dick Reed vice
president, Ruth Silka treasurer, Dolores Ziemianski secretary, and
Walter Ziemianski sergeant of arms set its direction in the early
days. It now hosts dances several months of the year at its home
base, Conn-Weissenberger Hall, 2020 W. Alexis Road in North Toledo. (See
schedule below) It also sponsors Bus trips to major Polka events from time
President - Margaret Zotkiewicz-Dramczyk - 419-276-1600
Vice Pres - Paul Raczkowski
Treasurer - Mike Marek
Secretary - Judy Kwiatkowski
Membership Chairman - Kevin Kwiatkowski - 419-691-5684
Sergeant-at-Arms - Rick Rybka
Sunshine Lady - Jean Rybka
Promotions Chairman - David Bezdziecki
Trustees - Allan Rutkowski and Jim Mackiewicz, Sr.
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2016 TAPS Schedule of Dances
at Conn-Weissenberger Hall 2020 W. Alexis
Doors open 1:30PM, Music 2PM
Members: $13 / Guests: $16 Some dances on Saturdays see schedule
Polish Summer Picnic June 17 & 18 3-11PM
Oak Shade Grove Pavilion in Oregon, Ohio
Second annual Toledo Area Polka Society Summer Picnic, June 17 and 18, Oak Shade Grove, Oregon, OH
Friday band is Toledo's own A Touch of Brass doing their first ever reunion Saturday's bands are
Randy Krajewski and Badinov from Toledo, and Ray Jay and the Carousels from Greensburg, PA. More details to come...
• 2016 Schedule
• Sun., March 6 - DynaBrass - 2-6 PM
• Sat., April 9 - The Music Company - 7-11 PM
• Sat., Sept. 24 - Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push - 7-11 PM
• Sat., Oct. 22 - IPA Tribute Band from Chicago - 7-11 PM
Felix & Stella's Polish Dance Calendar from Polka USA
The sheet music cover displays dancers dressed in European finery, engaging in a polka.
Originating in Eastern Europe, polkas came to America after having gained popularity in
Parisian ballrooms and salons in the 1840's. The polka is just one example of the immigrant
influence on dancing style and technique.