A Polka Fireworks 2017 THANK YOU!!

A Big Thank You to all the polka fans who came from near & far to make the 42nd Annual Polka Fireworks Festival an incredible success!

Thank you to all the bands who performed – they were great, all the IJs and DJs for helping to promote the festival, the committee of volunteers who made sure everything ran smoothly, and the staff at Seven Springs for all of their help. Thank you too, to DJ Kenny Olowin for the entertainment at the pool parties.

A special thank you to Randy Koslosky, Kosmix, and Polka Method. The Pool Party was awesome! Your enthusiasm, excitement, and young talent are a joy for all who were able to be there to witness that fun!

Thank you to Big Dan & Marcia for all their efforts in the Saturday Pool Party Extravaganza – another exciting event that takes place at Polka Fireworks each year!

Thank you to Charlie Tansek for hosting the Annual Litwin Concertina Jam – it’s delightful to see this tradition continue.

Looking forward to seeing everybody at Polka Fireworks 2018!
Wednesday, July 4th – Sunday, July 8th

Sincere Thanks,
Tish Blazonczyk & Family

Youth Recording Workshop at Polka Fireworks 2016

The Blazonczyk family has a long history of including youth-oriented events as part of the Polka Fireworks festival. This past Polka Fireworks was no exception. The below press release provides information about a special event that happened at the 2016 Polka Fireworks.


RELEASE OF “AS LONG AS I’M LIVIN’’ (THE RECORDING FROM THE YOUTH RECORDING WORKSHOP) AND LAUNCH OF WWW.YOUTHPOLKAS.COM

Check out what a group of over 50 youth from the polka world did at the 2016 Polka Fireworks weekend at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. A “Youth Recording Workshop” was held that created an opportunity for these youth to experience the process creating a studio recording and music video.

The song “As Long As I’m Livin’” (written by Randy Koslosky) tells of some people who are negative about the future of polkas, but these youth respond to that negativity. They are not just going to sit by and let things slip away and that “As long as I’m livin’, there’ll be polkas playing….” John Zelasko recorded the vocalist and instrumentalists. He also mixed the recording and created the music video.

The song and music video are being released in conjunction with the launch of a new website: www.youthpolkas.com. This site is dedicated to promoting and showcasing the talent of young polka musicians. The video can be seen at that site and the song can be downloaded for free. All are encouraged to share this song with others to show a glimpse at the future of polka music in action.

This special event couldn’t have happened without the efforts and dedication of so many people starting with the parents and families of the youth who participated.
Special thanks to the Blazonczyk family for their devotion to passing on polka music to the younger generation and for hosting the event. Also, thanks to others who made special contributions to this event including Gene Swick, Frank Stetar, Kevin Adams, Bernie Koslosky, Ted Lange, Lisa Koslosky and the International Polka Association.