Lustige Leute Newsletter May 2022 

Howdy Friends! 

May is here and it's already hot in Texas!  How has the spring been treating you?  Did you get some bluebonnet photos this year?  They sure were pretty! 

Ross and I are a few days behind with our paperwork.  I've been in overdrive, organizing a road trip for this summer (more on that below), and we didn't have internet access for several days while working out of town last week in New Braunfels, Muenster and Schulenburg.  Then we took a couple of days off this weekend to spend with family, and go out social with friends.  Our Niece was baptized on Saturday morning, which was a very happy occasion.  After that, we went to the Polish Festival to eat as much as we could, and to listen to the amazing musical stylings of Tekla Klebetnico.  Oh my, what fabulous music!  It was so good, we needed more, so we returned on Sunday after church.  Seeing friends, making new friends, eating Polish food and having a little time off put both of us in wonderful moods, and has us ready to take on the stack of work to be done! 

May performances: 

--The Sauer Kraut Grill,734 Crabb River Rd, Richmond, TX; Stubenmusi (pub music) with the Duo 

Thursdays May 12, 26;  6 - 8pm 

-- Rudi Lechner's Restaurant, 2503 Gessner, Houston, TX; 
Saturdays May 14, 28; 6pm - 9pm; Das ist Ross, solo 

-- White Horse Tavern , 400 N Main, Burton, TX; 

Sunday May 15; 6 - 9pm; Dinner and a Show;  $25 admission includes Allison's home cooking.  She will serve a pork steak meal with German potatoes, red cabbage and dessert.  Call / text ahead to make reservations: 979-277-5768.  The shopping will be done a couple of days ahead of time - make sure she has enough on hand to serve you. 

-- Krause's Cafe, 148 S. Castell Street, New Braunfels, TX; 
Wednesday May 25, 6pm - 9pm; Polka Wednesdays with The Duo 

-- Shiner Spring Picnic, KC Park, 102 South Ave G, Shiner, TX; 
Sunday May 29; 10:30am - 1pm - Outside; Wake up with the Das ist Lustig Duo, then stay all day and enjoy the polka party with many of your favorite Texas polka bands! 
Free Admission! 

The homepage of our website reflects every performance except the private ones.  Often when we're on the road, we don't have access to update our facebook pages, but will always (as long as my cell phone works) update the home page on our website if there is a last minute change.  You're always welcome to give us a call or send a text if you want to make sure we're going to be where our calendar shows we're going to be. 

Host your own Backyard party!  Call us for pricing and availability if you have something to celebrate this summer!  There are a couple of Saturdays left in June and August, and they could be yours.  We can play for you as a duo unplugged, or we can bring the sound equipment and specialty folk instruments.  It's always a great time to celebrate good times together accompanied by a little Bier and happy German folk music!  ...of course, in August, you might want to party in air-conditioned comfort.  We do house parties too - we're even housebroken! 

Looking ahead: 

-- Sauer Kraut Grill, Thursdays June 2, 9, July 14, 21 

-- Boerne Village Band Abendkonzerte, Gazebo, Boerne, TX; 
Tuesday June 7; 7:30 - 9pm;  Das ist Lustig Duo specialties show complete with Tanzenfest AND Boerne Village Band! 

-- Hollerbach's Willow Tree Cafe, 205 East 1st Street, Sanford, FL; 
Friday June 17; 7 - 10pm, Saturday June 18; 1 - 4pm & 7 - 109pm, Sunday June 19; 1 - 4pm & 6 - 9pm; 
Dinner and a Show with Das ist Lustig Duo 

-- Road Trip 2022, 11 days Dallas to Milwaukee with stops in Oklahoma, Missouri and Iowa;  Highlight of the trip is Germanfest in Milwaukee! 
Monday July 25 - Friday August 5; Lots of live music, lots of German and even Dutch restaurants to visit, wine tasting, and parties! 

Hosting our trips:  We had to postpone Germany again, so we're going to Wisconsin for the Germanfest instead!   Won't you join us for a fun Road Trip?  This classic American pass-time takes us across 7 states in 11 days!  There's lots of fun planned for an exclusive group of 10 travelers (with Ross and Valina in the driver's seat) of a luxury 15 passenger Mercedes Sprinter!  Most importantly, we'll get to visit several German, and even Dutch restaurants along the way, see some amazing history in the Steamboat Arabia museum in Kansas City, taste some great wines in America's original wine valley, Hermann, MO, and experience one of the best German festivals the USA has to offer, the Milwaukee Germanfest!  They're celebrating their 40 year anniversary, and have invited the Zillertaler Schurzenjager to headline the event!  We'll spend 3 days visiting the festival, and you'll need all that time to experience everything this event has to offer.  See the attached brochure for details, itinerary, and pricing.  There are a few other photos attached as well to show you a little bit more of what we'll get to see and do together!  Four spots are already sold, so contact Valina for a registration form! 

If you'd like to join us for travel in the future, we'd love to hear from you!  There have been requests to return to Austria, The Netherlands, requests to do a Christmas Market tour, and interest in expanding our travel to different places around the US.  We tailor these trips to your wishes!  You can even ask us to organize and host a private trip for you and 15 - 20 guests!  We will be attempting our visit to Germany and Prague in the summer of 2024 if things stabilize.  Stay tuned! 

Website:  You can always find out what's happening with us at http://www.prostyall.com.  We update our calendar as information becomes available, and always keep the upcoming gigs and last minute changes on the home page.  The shop page https://www.prostyall.com/shop has koozies! (they fit party cups, pint glasses and Wurstfest cups!)  The famous "Prost Y'all" sign is in stock and available for sale too!  Won't that look awesome on the wall of your favorite relaxation spot!  We also have shirts; including the brand new "Das ist Ross" shirts!  Hat pins, and CD's that can make lunch at the office a little more like a Biergarten! Who doesn't love a 45 minute escape mid-day? 

Social Media:  You can find us on Facebook, and Youtube.  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/valinapolka , friend us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valinapolka  "like" us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prostyall/  We have an instagram, but don't know how to use it. 

Behind the scenes:  Like I said above, we just had the most wonderful weekend visiting the Polish Festival in Houston and listening to Tekla Klebetnica.  That is one heck of a world class duo.  It was also a wonderful treat to see so many of you at the Muenster Germanfest last weekend!  We had a crazy split shift style schedule, but it provided us a nice long day on Saturday to visit with everyone.  Something we both have been craving for a long time.   Ross' shoulder is no longer in constant pain, and he's gained most of his strength back.  I'm glad to see him able to relax, and able to lift heavy stuff again.  I'm strong, but not as strong as he is, and our equipment is heavy!  As many of you know, Jeff retired from drumming, so we've been searching for a new drummer, or two, or three.  Lynn had to back out of the performance with us in Muenster, so we asked Paul from the Alpenmusikanten to sit in with us, and what a treat that was!  I think Paul has a sixth sense for what's going to happen in songs.  It was like we'd been playing together all along.  We've continued our drummer search, and will be welcoming Eric Miculka back in the band for Fort Worth Oktoberfest, and hopefully Wurstfest.  Rick Weiss will join us for some of the Houston shows, and long road tours to Clyde, TX, Tulsa OK and possibly Kansas City, MO (all of these tours are currently in negotiations), and Michael Bahan will be with us in Addison, Tx.  We'll have our first rehearsal with Rick this Saturday, and we're excited.  He's worked with Robert Herridge, who will be in almost all of our Oktoberfest shows this fall.  The fall season is shaping up to be great!

That's all for this newsletter.  Your support and friendship means a lot to us!  We hope some of you will be able to travel with us this summer.  Stay healthy, stay safe, share a smile with a stranger.  We hope we get to "prost y'all" sometime soon!

Lustige Leute Newsletter March 2022 

Warmer weather and brighter days are around the corner.  According to that pesky groundhog, there are 3 more weeks of winter to go, but here along the Texas gulf coast, we should reach 80 degrees later this week.  Like everyone else, we are also looking forward to better weather, open windows, fresh air, and green grass.  Our bikes miss us and are waiting in the garage by the door, wagging their tail lights and looking expectantly at us!  Ross' shoulder is feeling much better, there's lots of work going on around here, and finally some rehearsals too!  

March performances: 

--The Sauer Kraut Grill,734 Crabb River Rd, Richmond, TX; Stubenmusi (pub music unplugged) with the Duo 
Thursdays March 3, 17, 31;  6 - 8pm  

-- Krause's Cafe, 148 S. Castell Street, New Braunfels, TX; 
Wednesdays March 16, April 20, May 25, 6pm - 9pm; Polka Wednesdays with The Duo 
Spring break and St Patrick's week... A couple of Irish tunes might find themselves in the mix... 

-- Tomball German Heritage Festival, Market Street between Elm and Pine, Tomball, TX;  
Friday March 25; Das ist Ross, 6:30 - 8:30 in the Heritage Center 
Saturday March 26; Das ist Lustig Band, 1:45 - 3:15 & 3:45 - 5:15 at the Grady & Sandra Platz; With Robert Herridge on Fiddle and Glen Renfro on drums 
Sunday March 27; Das ist Lustig Band, 12pm - 2pm at the Grady & Sandra Platz; With Robert Herridge on Fiddle and Glen Renfro on drums   Link to full schedule from Valina's desk HERE 

-- Volksfest Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St, New Orleans, LA; 
Friday April 1, 6pm - 9:30 and Saturday April 2, 3pm - 4:30, and 6:30 - 8pm; The Duo. 
Admission and Covid info on their website 

The homepage of our website reflects every performance except the private ones.  Often when we're on the road, we don't have access to update our facebook pages, but will always (as long as my cell phone works) update the home page on our website if there is a last minute change.  You're always welcome to give us a call or send a text if you want to make sure we're going to be where our calendar shows we're going to be.  

Host your own Backyard party!  Call us for pricing and availability if you have something to celebrate this spring!  We can play for you as a duo unplugged, or we can bring the sound equipment and specialty folk instruments.  It's always a good time to celebrate good times together accompanied by a little Bier and happy German folk music! 

Looking ahead: 

-- Volksfest Deutsches Haus, 1700 Moss St, New Orleans, LA; 
Friday April 1, 6pm - 9:30 and Saturday April 2, 3pm - 4:30, and 6:30 - 8pm; The Duo. 
Admission and Covid info on their website 

-- Sauer Kraut Grill Thursdays in April 14, 28. 

-- Krause's Cafe, 148 S. Castell Street, New Braunfels, TX; 
Wednesdays April 20, May 25 6pm - 9pm; Polka Wednesdays with The Duo 

-- Momma's at Sengelmann, Main Street, Schulenburg, TX; 
Wednesday, Apr 27, 6:30 - 8:30; Dinner and a Show; 
April 27 is Koning Dag (King's Day) in the Netherlands, so Dutch folk music, wooden shoes, and the color Orange might well be part of this show! 

Hosting our trips to Europe   Both trips for the summer of 2022 are still reserved, and a couple of rooms have become available.  Would you like to travel with us to Germany and the Czech Republic, Tuesday June 7 - Tuesday June 21, 2022?  Or to the Black Forest and Switzerland June 22 - July 7, 2022?  Our small groups have a ton of fun together!  Can't choose?  There is an option (and a discount) if you go on both trips.    The number of guests for each trip will not exceed 20, so there is plenty of space to spread out.  If you're interested, let us know soon!  https://www.prostyall.com/lustig-tours-holiday   Our bus company and the hotels are optimistic that most restrictions and possibly even quarantines for Covid may be lifted by the time we travel.  However, now there is war in the Ukraine, which could spread into Eastern Europe.  We are keeping a close eye on the developments, and will be making an informed decision of whether to travel or not toward the end of March.  In the mean time, we are still hoping to go.  

If you'd like to join us for travel in the future, we'd love to hear from you!  There have been requests to return to Austria, The Netherlands, requests to do a Christmas Market tour, and some interest in traveling to different places around the US.  We tailor these trips to your wishes! 

Website:  You can always find out what's happening with us at http://www.prostyall.com.  We update our calendar as information becomes available, and always keep the upcoming gigs and last minute changes on the home page.  The shop page https://www.prostyall.com/shop has koozies! (they fit party cups, pint glasses and Wurstfest cups!)  The famous "Prost Y'all" sign is in stock and available for sale too!  Won't that look awesome on the wall of your favorite relaxation spot!  We also have shirts; including the brand new "Das ist Ross" shirts!  Hat pins, and CD's that can make lunch at the office a little more like a Biergarten! Who doesn't love a 45 minute escape mid-day?  

Social Media:  You can find us on Facebook, and Youtube.  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/valinapolka , friend us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valinapolka  "like" us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prostyall/  We have an instagram, but don't know how to use it.       

Behind the scenes:  I think we told you about our drummer Jeff retiring so he can travel with his wife Kat, who is retiring this year.  They're headed to Peru in just a few days!  Well, as a result of him retiring, we are searching for new drummers.  We just auditioned Lynn and had a good time working through some stuff together.  We're looking forward to her being on stage with us at the Muenster Germanfest in north Texas April 22 - 24!  We're auditioning a man named Michael from Austin in mid March, and hope to add him to the performance rotation as well.  We've already interviewed each one of them and had very good visits.  The fall calendar is filling up nicely for the 4 piece band!  If you know someone who is a drummer who enjoys polka and folk music, let us know if they're looking for a band to work with.  There is no such thing as too many drummers who know our material!  Ross has been pretty busy building a cabinet for the smaller equipment we've been purchasing; He's been cutting the wood we salvaged from the neighbor's bed, fitting it, gluing and fine tuning.  The components will fit perfectly and hopefully the cabinet will be something even I could handle by myself.  I've been busy getting paperwork for Tomball put together.  Most of the contracts have gone out, many are back before the due date, and the schedule is jam packed with great entertainment!  Ross has been doing physical therapy for his shoulder for about 3 weeks now, and the improvement is great!  He's not in pain any more, and has gained most of the range of motion back.  He's carefully doing his 90 minutes a day to work out the entire area so he'll get his muscle tone back, work the scar tissue out, and protect the small tear the MRI found.  The doc is great, and is working with us to minimize our out of pocket.  By that, I mean that he's not insisted on another $160 office visit to tell Ross he can take the next step in the PT.  He's very good at listening, and knows his craft.  We're thankful for some new jobs coming in, so we can continue to cover all expenses!  This past weekend, we took a couple of days off to visit a friend for her birthday.  I also had the pleasure of judging the State level German contest.  This time I got to judge polka bands, and I was in excellent company!  The other judges who volunteered their time were Brian Berlin, who we know through the old accordion studio Shelia Lee had, Alfred Tapia from the TubaMeisters, and Alex Meixner.  It always just makes my heart fluttery happy when I see youngsters choose to take on the difficult task of learning the folk music that I love, and they do it as an extracurricular activity.  So many of those students have gone on to graduate, then become involved with other German heritage things around Texas.  It's good for them, and good for the community. 

Attached photos: Ross sanding the bones of the new cabinet for our smaller sound set up.  Enjoying dinner with John from Altstadt Brewery, his wife Deborah, and Chef Eric at the Sauer Kraut Grill.  The flyer for the March 16 show at Krause's Cafe.  

Our hearts are heavy with the overwhelming violence and destruction in the Ukraine.  We don't have direct ties to anyone there, but we have friends who do.  Our prayers are with all of them, and with any of you who have loved ones in the region.  

That's all for this newsletter.  Your support and friendship means a lot to us!  Stay healthy, stay safe, share a smile with a stranger.  We hope we get to "prost y'all" sometime soon! 

Lustige Leute Newsletter Feb 2022 

Howdy Friends! 

Did you see your shadow on Wednesday?  February is in the Haus, and it's ccccooollldddd everywhere in the US!  ...except maybe Hawaii... How is this new year treating you so far?  We're a little late getting this letter out...We had the alarm set to play "I Got You Babe" to wake us up, and well...  

Things around here have been okay.  We've been busy with behind the scenes work, and we took the 5 vacation days we were talking about!  More on all of that below. 

February performances: 

--The Sauer Kraut Grill, 734 Crabb River Rd, Richmond, TX; 2nd Anniversary Party, Fasching and Valentine's celebration! 
Saturday Feb 12  1pm - 7pm  With Auf Geht's duo and Das ist Lustig duo! 
* * * Wear a funny costume and enter the German "Mardi Gras" costume contest!  * * * 

--The Sauer Kraut Grill,734 Crabb River Rd, Richmond, TX; Stubenmusi (pub music unplugged) with the Duo 
Thursdays Feb 3 & 17;  6 - 8pm 

-- Momma's at Sengelmann, 531 N Main Street, Schulenburg, TX;  Celebrating Fasching here too, so come prepared to be a little extra foolish! 
Wednesday, Feb 23, 6:30 - 8:30; The Duo 

The homepage of our website reflects every performance except the private ones.  Often when we're on the road, we don't have access to update our facebook pages, but will always (as long as my cell phone works) update the home page on our website if there is a last minute change.  You're always welcome to give us a call or send a text if you want to make sure we're going to be where our calendar shows we're going to be. 

Host your own Backyard party!  Call us for pricing and availability if you have something to celebrate in late winter or early spring!  We can play for you as a duo unplugged, or we can bring the sound equipment and specialty folk instruments.  It's always a good time to celebrate gemutlichkeit together accompanied by a little Bier and happy German folk music! 

Looking ahead: 

-- Sauer Kraut Grill some Thursdays in March; Dates TBD 

-- Tomball German Heritage Festival; Saturday and Sunday March 26 &27 with Robert Herridge on fiddle and Glen Renfro on drums 

Hosting our trips to Europe   Both trips for the summer of 2022 are still reserved, and a couple of rooms have opened up.  Would you like to travel with us to Germany and the Czech Republic, Tuesday June 7 - Tuesday June 21, 2022?  Or to the Black Forest and Switzerland June 22 - July 7, 2022?  Our small groups have a ton of fun together!  Can't choose?  There is an option (and a discount) if you go on both trips.    The number of guests for each trip will not exceed 20, so there is plenty of space to spread out.  If you're interested, let us know soon!  https://www.prostyall.com/lustig-tours-holiday   It continues to look bleak in Europe right now, but our bus company and the hotels are telling us that things will most likely be back to pretty normal in the spring and summer.  In the mean time, we are still hoping to go.  We are keeping a close eye on things as they develop.  Some countries are beginning to drop mandates, however, we are speculating how stable things will actually be.  A final decision will be made before the beginning of April. 

If you'd like to join us for travel in the future, we'd love to hear from you!  There have been requests to return to Austria, The Netherlands, requests to do a Christmas Market tour, and some interest in traveling to different places around the US.  We tailor these trips to your wishes! 

Website:  You can always find out what's happening with us at http://www.prostyall.com.  We update our calendar as information becomes available, and always keep the upcoming gigs and last minute changes on the home page.  The shop page https://www.prostyall.com/shop has koozies! (they fit party cups, pint glasses and Wurstfest cups!)  The famous "Prost Y'all" sign is in stock and available for sale too!  Won't that look awesome on the wall of your favorite relaxation spot!  We also have shirts; including the brand new "Das ist Ross" shirts!  Hat pins, and CD's that can make lunch at the office a little more like a Biergarten! Who doesn't love a 45 minute escape mid-day? 

Social Media:  You can still find us on Facebook, and Youtube.  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/valinapolka , friend us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valinapolka  "like" us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prostyall/  We have an instagram, but don't know how to use it. 

Behind the scenes: We finally got a few days off!  We've been pretty busy "upgrading" some equipment;  We're actually purchasing more equipment that will allow us to provide a smaller set up in small venues.  I've purchased a cajon and am learning to play some simple drum patterns with it.  We're learning a few more songs that are not as German as our regular repertoire, so we can maybe expand to playing music in a restaurant without the German theme.  We got to spend a lovely Sunday evening with our friends Robert and Marie Herridge to listen to accordionist Stas Venglevski when he was in Houston a few weeks ago.  When vacation really started, we went for a date to see Mike Stroup play some old cowboy music, then we headed for the coast down south to do a lot of nothing.  We relaxed in the hotel room binge watching tv shows we'd not seen in a long time (it rained all day that day), we napped, we walked to dinner, we walked the beach, we slept, we fed the seagulls, we bird watched, we at some more, we napped some more, and walked on the beach some more.  We road tripped our way home, making stops on Goose Island to see the Big Tree, some Whooping Cranes, then drove over to Indianola to read the history boards there. We bought a ton of citrus on our way home from a fruit stand south of Kingsville.   It was quite nice, and we stayed within our budget!  We're already dropping coins in a jar to save up for the next time we can head down there for a few days.  South Padre in January may not be sunny and hot, but it's affordable, quiet, surrounded by nature, and amazing food at really low prices in Port Isabel.  The down side is Ross' shoulder had another flare up on a Sunday afternoon in mid January.  We had just made a little birthday video to send to a friend, and as he set the accordion back down in its case, he said "oUCH".  He was in so much pain the following Wednesday when we worked at Krause's that I had to do most of the lifting.  We had excellent help from Debbie, Sheryl, Kelsey, Rodney, Gregory, David, and a few other friends who's names I can't recall at the moment.  Despite the pain, the show went well, and it was a fun evening with lots of friends.  Most people could not tell from Ross' playing that anything was wrong.  He really does love to play music for an appreciative crowd!  We were able to get him to the Doc on Feb 1 - the first apt available when I started calling on the 20th of Jan.  There is nothing wrong with the bones thankfully!  Feb 5, he'll have an MRI, and Feb 11, he'll get to follow up with doc about the MRI results.  At least at this point, the pain has subsided to a dull ache, and he can sleep at night.  For a few days, he couldn't sleep the pain was so bad.  He has lost a lot of muscle tone, but the Doc isn't worried about him continuing to play, as long as I can do most of the heavy lifting.  Thursday night's show at the Sauer Kraut did not seem to change the way he felt, and he played like nothing was wrong.  We also purchased some new speaker stands that have crank assist, so neither of us will need to lift those 60 pound things up over our heads any more.  We'll still need to lift them, but only up to about chest height.  You can't be wimpy if you wanna play music for a living, ad we feel like we have another good 15 years in us!  Feb 5 is a busy day, Ross' MRI in the morning, and I'll be judging German contest.  It was supposed to be in person this year, but because of the covid spike, it's all online again.  Ross and I made a short music video, with Carl's help, to send to the kids to watch when their results are announced.  It breaks our hearts that we can't meet those kids in person at their contest this year, but hopefully some of them will come to Tomball and earn some donations for their club.  They deserve the adoration they will get from the audiences for their dedication!  I love getting to see results of their hard work.  This year, I'm be judging folk dance and vocal solo.  Otherwise, the evening of Feb 5 will be date night.  We'll head out to the SPJST to hear Squeezebox with Mollie B and Ted Lange.  Ross feels like he can dance, we love the music, and the friendships with everyone there.  Otherwise, I'll be back in the office next week working on Tomball paperwork, and getting our tax stuff together for our CPA.  Ross will be working with a young accordion player who has asked for some pointers on Tuesday.  Then he'll begin testing the new equipment and building a small cabinet for it to travel and go on stage.  We got most of the lumber he needs from a neighbor throwing an old solid wood bed frame away.  yeay reduce - reuse - recycle! We'll also be interviewing and auditioning drummers.  Our drummer Jeff is retiring from playing music on the road, and the spring festival season is already peeking around the corner at us.  If you know someone who would love to drum in a German folk and polka band and spend a few weeks on the road each year, let us know! 

That's all for this newsletter.  Your support and friendship means a lot to us!  Stay healthy, stay safe, share a smile with a stranger.  We hope we get to "prost y'all" sometime soon!

Lustige Leute Newsletter November 2021 

Oktoberfest is past.  Ach du lieber, how time flies!  BUT Wurstfest is around the corner!  The roller coaster continues, with the loss of a friend, the birth of our Niece, and the continued craziness going on in the world around us.  We're so thankful for the feeling of happiness when seeing crowds of smiling faces who left the outside world outside for a moment.  We're exhausted, and we're thankful to each and every friend, client and guest who made that possible!  We can't wait for Wurstfest, and should be rested up, laundered and packed just in time!   I've said it before, but will say it again, it has been "prima" to see so many of you these past months!  Thank you for coming out, and thank you for your support! 

It has been a record season!  We were blessed to play 28 shows in 31 days in October!  That adds up to 54 hours driving to and from venues, 96 hours of load in, set up, sound checks, packing and loading out, 70 hours of actual performance time, and about 40 hours of maintenance / repairs, turn around between shows, office, errands, lawn and home care.  We're energized and ready for Wurstfest where we have 19 shows for you to choose from; each one will be a little different from the rest.  We're excited to have Jeff drumming in every one, Robert Herridge on fiddle in a few, Randy Adams on trumpet in a few, and dancers on the weekends!  When are you coming?  Do you have a special request for a song you'd like to hear?  We'll play it for you if we know it! 

If you are planning to attend Wurstfest and would like to join us, we're having our annual "Wurstfest family reunion" with friends on Sunday at 10am at Krause's Cafe in New Braunfels.  You're invited to join us!  Let us know by Friday Nov 5, so we can claim enough space for our group.  It's always fun to spend a leisurely breakfast together before the glorious chaos of the festival!  Here's a link to their menu:  https://www.krausescafe.com/menu/   They accept cash and credit.  Parking is possible on the street and in the bank lot across the street if Krause's lot is full. 

November performances: 

--The Sauer Kraut Grill, 734 Crabb River Rd, Richmond, TX; Stubenmusi (pub music unplugged) with the Duo 
Thursdays Nov 4, 18;  6 - 8pm  Keep an eye on the calendar in case there is a date added near Thanksgiving. 

-- Wurstfest, Landa Park, New Braunfels, TX; 
Das Kleine Zelt: 
Saturday Nov 6; 6:05 - 7:05, 8:40 - 9:35, 11pm - 12:00;  Ross, Robert, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Sunday Nov 7; 3:30 - 4:50, 6:30 - 7:30, 9:05 - 10:00; Ross, Jeff Valina & dancers 
Stelzenplatz: 
Tuesday Nov 9; 6:45 - 7:40, 8:55 - 9:45; Ross, Robert, Jeff & Valina 
Wednesday Nov 10; 5:30 - 6:25, 7:50 - 8:45; Ross, Robert, Jeff & Valina 
Friday Nov 12; 5:30 - 6:35, 8:15 - 9:20; Ross, Randy, Jeff & Valina 
Saturday Nov 13: 2:10 - 3:10, 4:50 - 5:45, 7:15 - 8:15, 9:40 - 10:35; Ross, Randy, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Sunday Nov 14; 2:15 - 3:15, 4:50 - 5:50, 7:30 - 8:30; Ross, Randy, Jeff, Valina & dancers 

The homepage of our website reflects every performance except the private ones.  Often when we're on the road, we don't have access to update our facebook pages, but will always (as long as my cell phone works) update the home page on our website if there is a last minute change.  You're always welcome to give us a call or send a text if you want to make sure we're going to be where our calendar shows we're going to be. 

Looking ahead: 

Sauer Kraut Grill Thursdays Dec 2,16,23,30; possibly special shows for Holiday dates, we'll update the web calendar when we know more. 

Dec 11 - 12; Tomball German Christmas Market; Times and stages TBD; The 3 piece band with guest drummer Glen Renfro 

Friday Dec 17; Bavarian Brauhaus in Bryan, 109 N Main st; 6:30 - 9:45; The Duo 

Wednesday Dec 22; Krause's Cafe in New Braunfels; 6pm - 9pm; The Duo 

Wednesday Dec 29; Momma's At Sengelmann in Schulenberg; 6:30pm - 9pm; The Duo 

Host your own Christmas party!  Call us for pricing and availability if you have something to celebrate in December!  We're available to play for you as a duo unplugged, or we can bring the sound equipment and specialty folk instruments.  Nothing says Christmas like German Christmas carols played on Accordion, and even Alphorn! American ones played on Accordion and cowbells!  Need an authentic European (Dutch) Saint Nick?  We can offer him as well!  Our Saint Nick is fluent in Dutch and German, and knows the history of how Saint Nick came to be. His beard is real, and his robes are hand made. 

Hosting our trips to Europe   Both trips for the summer of 2022 are close to capacity.  Would you like to travel with us to Germany and the Czech Republic, Tuesday June 7 - Tuesday June 21, 2022?  Or to the Black Forest and Switzerland June 22 - July 7, 2022?  Our small groups have a ton of fun together!  Can't choose?  There is an option (and a discount) if you go on both trips.  There are two double rooms left available on the first trip June 7 - 21.  The Swiss tour June 22 - July 7 has two double rooms available.  The number of guests for each trip will not exceed 24, so there is plenty of space to spread out.  If you're interested, let us know soon!  https://www.prostyall.com/lustig-tours-holiday 

If you'd like to join us for travel in the future, we'd love to hear from you!  There have been requests to return to Austria, The Netherlands, and also requests to do a Christmas Market tour.  We tailor these trips to your wishes! 

Website:  You can always find out what's happening with us at http://www.prostyall.com.  We update our calendar as information becomes available, and always keep the upcoming gigs and last minute changes on the home page.  The shop page https://www.prostyall.com/shop has koozies! (they fit party cups, pint glasses and Wurstfest cups!)  The famous "Prost Y'all" sign is in stock and available for sale too!  Won't that look awesome on the wall of your favorite relaxation spot!  We also have shirts, hat pins, and CD's that can make great gifts for your Biergarten loving friends.  Christmas is coming!  Spoil them with something they can't find at the stores! 

Social Media:  You can find us on Facebook, and Youtube.  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/valinapolka , friend us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valinapolka  "like" us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prostyall/  We have an instagram, but don't know how to use it. 

Behind the scenes: 

  Did we tell you about all the crazy fun on the road these past few months?  (Besides Ross' injury, which thankfully is fully healed!)  Our drummer Jeff celebrated his birthday this year playing at Saint Arnold's Oktoberfest with us. Our fiddler Robert celebrated his birthday rehearsing for Santa's Wonderland.  His big season starts on Sunday Nov 7, so he'll only be with us on the first Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Wurstfest.  As luck would have it, the hotel we stayed in during the Fort Worth Oktoberfest was just a little less than hospitable to us - well, pretty nasty to all of the performers who were staying there.  Long story short, they messed up all of the reservations for the various bands staying with them, and kept pushing us out of our rooms in to other rooms. Finally kicking Jeff out completely while he was heading to the festival to work on Saturday.  Friendly to business travelers indeed.  Don't ever stay at the Courtyard by Marriott on I30 west near NAS JRB.  Absolutely awful!  The only person who ever greeted any of us was the night janitor.  The desk personnel were rude to Jeff as they moved him THREE TIMES in 2 days, then just fully threw him out.  Jeff did nothing wrong, and we've never met someone who didn't like Jeff.  The hotel made the mistakes in the reservations, and caused problems for other bands too.  We have yet to hear all the stories.  They also locked Robert out of his room at 6am Sunday as we were trying to load out to head to Houston for a show.  Jeff slept in his car after working in Fort Worth all Saturday, and driving to Houston for the Sunday gig.  The elevator buttons did not work properly, and by Sunday morning, the only way to get an elevator on the ground floor was to go up the stairs and come down in it.  Fun fun!  Got lots of exercise while staying there for sure!  Lost precious office and prep time too with all the room moving.  Anyway, then a couple of weeks later, Ross and Jeff went for a late night meal at a Waffle House in OKC.  They ordered drinks and food, were sitting and talking, and realized after about 30 minutes they still were not receiving anything to eat.  They then noticed the stove was not attended.  Shortly after that, the staff asked everyone to leave.  Aint nothing like getting kicked out of a Waffle House at 1am when you're hungry and tired after a 3 hour show in Louisiana, followed by a 10 hour drive, followed by a 3 hr nap, followed by a 3 hour load in / sound check, followed by a 4 hour show...  I wasn't there, they dropped me off at the VRBO.  I was tooooo tired, and so glad I didn't go, cause I just would have had a toddler style meltdown.  I'm hyper, but at 30 hours of no sleep, I tend to revert to my inner 3 year old for etiquette...   I've been busy busy in the office with invoices, paperwork, continuing Tomball planning and tour plans, turning merch around for shows, laundry and ironing, mowing the grass, raking the leaves... this life is still not really that glamorous!  I do the yard work during the season to spare Ross' shoulder injury, and allow him time to keep his accordion chops.  Although he spent several hours today sewing his lederhosen back together.  The other half of today, he spent making a birthday cake for his Mom.  We'll do some rehearsing tomorrow morning.  Music is not learned once and then performed forever, it is a constant living thing to maintain on a daily basis.  Back in Tulsa last weekend, while jumping around on stage leading the Zumba Aus Tirol, I felt a "pop" in my left calf, then pain.  I flat footed the rest of the performance, and headed over to first aid to make sure I didn't pull a tendon or ligament.  Those were intact, but there was definitely pain when I flexed the muscle, so I stretched good, kept the muscle warm, and finished the last two sets with a little less bounce than normal.  Took some ibuprofin and kept drinking tons of water, and it was already much better the next day.  People often ask us why we don't drink much on stage.  Well, part of that reason is that what we're doing is athletic in nature.  I am very glad I didn't damage the muscle while tipsy, because I likely would have pressed on and caused more damage.  Plus, it messes with the vocals, which after half a liter, I tend to be unable to support properly (you should hear my badly executed high notes in Sweet Caroline, HA!) I noticed this week Saturday that it felt all normal again, so I guess it's healed just in time for Wurstfest!  It truly has been a whirlwind month, and interesting too. On the 31st, after we finished playing for a very successful and well attended Lutherfest, we finally got to go meet our new niece Jane.  She's 11 days old now!  We sat on the front porch with my parents, my brother and his wife, and the baby, people watching as the trick or treaters came and went.  Most were cute, most were polite.  One couple was old enough to drive, and were celebrating date night... Parked the car, got out, picked up some candy, went next door and got candy, got back in the car, and moved on further down the street.  Can you imagine?  At least walk!  Seeing all that candy, Ross and I got the bright idea to stop in to Walmart on the way home for Reese's peanut butter cups, Almod Joy, and Candy Corn.  We said "trick or treat" just like we're supposed to, but the lady at the check out said "nice try, that will be 8.92."  No free candy date night for us.  :\  We bought the candy, came home, fell asleep on the couch watching Young Frankenstein.  A good Halloween if you ask me!  We'll probably close the office for a day or two after Wurstfest, and head somewhere quiet for a day to let our brains and muscles rest.  But then, we'll begin rehearsals for Christmas music.  We can't wait for Christmas! 

Always allow joy and hope to be in your life!  We pray every day that health and strength will remain for our friends, family, fans, and ourselves, so we can continue passing happiness on to others.  We thank the Lord every day for the talents he loaned us and the people he has brought around us.

That's all for this newsletter.  Your support and friendship means so much to us!  Stay healthy, stay safe, share a smile with a stranger, and we hope we get to "prost y'all" at Wurstfest!

Lustige Leute Newsletter October 2021 

Oktoberfest is in full swing, and it has already been a wild ride!  A bit of an emotional roller coaster between reading the news, hearing from friends who are suffering injuries and sickness, having a few hurdles of our own, and then the utter joy while playing music for crowds of people who are smiling, laughing, and leaving the world outside for just a few hours.  It's a blessing to do what we do, and we are blessed to be surrounded by those who appreciate what we do.  Have I said yet how wonderful it has been to see so many of you in north Texas and Houston these past couple of weeks?  Thank you for coming out! 

Those mid August and early September Oktoberfest shows got us in the mood and worked some of the kinks out for the 4 piece band.  After all, when the band members live in different cities and are all self employed with multiple irons in the fire, it's nearly impossible to rehearse together.  We record tracks to send back and forth, we meet in trio to go over arrangements, then get together on stage with lots of prayers and open minds.  We are blessed with talented colleagues!  The season started in earnest for the Duo with a couple of nights playing for Fresh by Brookshire's in Tyler.  The Addison Oktoberfest started right after that... 6 days on stage started with a big bang (Look for the ** Below), then a couple of days off spent with friends, followed by the Oktoberfest Fort Worth (click the link to watch Sheryl's video), followed by a swanky lawn party at The Houstonian's "Manor Haus"!  We were on stage 18 days, with 34 hours driving to and from gigs in September.  Everyone is making up for lost time last year, and there are no holds barred in the level of celebration we see in our audiences!  No holds barred on our part either!  Yodelayheeeyippeee! 

Oktoberfest Season performances: 

--The Sauer Kraut Grill, 734 Crabb River Rd, Richmond, TX; Stubenmusi (pub music unplugged) with the Duo 
Thursdays Sept 30;  6 - 8pm 

-- Saint Arnold Oktoberfest, Saint Arnold Brewing Co, 2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX; 
Friday Oct 1; 6pm - 9pm; Ross, Robert, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Saturday Oct 2; 6pm - 9pm; Ross, Robert, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Sunday Oct 3; 1pm - 4pm; Ross, Kerry, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Free Admission, get there early! 

-- Oktoberfest, The Sauer Kraut Grill, 734 Crabb River Rd, Richmond, TX; 
Saturday Oct 9 1:00 - 2:45; The Duo; Outside under the tents 

-- Oktoberfest, Roughtail Brewing, 320 W Memorial Road, Oklahoma City, OK;Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Oct 15, 16, 17; Ross, Robert, Jeff, & Valina; Times TBD; General admission, and VIP tickets available; Scroll down on their website to October to find the links. 

-- Linde Oktoberfest, River West Festival Park, 2100 S Jackson Ave, Tulsa, OK; Oct 19 - 24; Ross, Jeff, Valina, and dancers Zach and Piper; 
Tuesday Oct 19; 7:10 in The BierGarten 
Wednesday Oct 20; 5:00 - 6:45 in The Bierstube 
Thursday Oct 21; 5:00 - 6:30, 6:45 - 7:15 in The Bierstube 
Friday Oct 22; 3:00 - 6:45 in The BierGarten 
Saturday Oct 23; 3:00 - 7:15 in The BierGarten 
Sunday Oct 24; 12:00 - 2:30 in The Warsteiner EssZelt 
"ADMISSION:  In order to manage attendance effectively, all admission tickets and packages must be purchased in advance as there will be no walk-up sales available at the main entrance." 

-- Oktoberfest Show, Momma's at Sengelmann, 531 N Main, Schulenburg, TX; 

Wednesday Oct 27; 6pm - 9pm; The Duo 

-- Lutherfest, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 5000 W Tidwell, Houston, TX; Sunday Oct 31; The Duo and Dancers; 11:30am - 1:30pm   Attend 9:30am service, then enjoy the fellowship afterwards, and learn a little about reformation and Marin Luther. 

-- Wurstfest, Landa Park, New Braunfels, TX; 
Das Kleine Zelt: 
Saturday Nov 6; 6:05 - 7:05, 8:40 - 9:35, 11pm - 12:00;  Ross, Robert, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Sunday Nov 7; 3:30 - 4:50, 6:30 - 7:30, 9:05 - 10:00; Ross, Jeff Valina & dancers 
Stelzenplatz: 
Tuesday Nov 9; 6:45 - 7:40, 8:55 - 9:45; Ross, Robert, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Wednesday Nov 10; 5:30 - 6:25, 7:50 - 8:45; Ross, Robert, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Friday Nov 12; 5:30 - 6:35, 8:15 - 9:20; Ross, Randy, Jeff & dancers 
Saturday Nov 13: 2:10 - 3:10, 4:50 - 5:45, 7:15 - 8:15, 9:40 - 10:35; Ross, Randy, & Jeff 
Sunday Nov 14; 2:15 - 3:15, 4:50 - 5:50, 7:30 - 8:30; Ross, Randy, Jeff & dancers 

The homepage of our website reflects every performance except the private ones.  Often when we're on the road, we don't have access to update our facebook pages, but will always (as long as my cell phone works) update the home page on our website if there is a last minute change.  You're always welcome to give us a call or send a text if you want to make sure we're going to be where our calendar shows we're going to be. 

Looking ahead: 

These shows are tentative: 

Sauer Kraut Grill most Thursdays in November / December 

Dec 11 - 12; Tomball German Christmas Market; Times and stages TBD 

Wed Dec 22; Krause's Cafe in New Braunfels; 6pm - 9pm 

Host your own Christmas party!  Call us for pricing and availability if you have something to celebrate in November / December!  We're available to play for you as a duo unplugged, or we can bring the sound equipment and specialty folk instruments.  Nothing says Christmas like German Christmas carols played on Accordion, and even Alphorn! American ones played on Accordion and cowbells!  Need an authentic European (Dutch) Saint Nick?  We can offer him as well!  Our Saint Nick is fluent in Dutch and German, and knows the history of how Saint Nick came to be. His beard is real, and his robes are hand made. 

Hosting our trips to Europe   Both trips for the summer of 2022 are close to capacity.  Would you like to travel with us to Germany and the Czech Republic, Tuesday June 7 - Tuesday June 21, 2022?  Or to the Black Forest and Switzerland June 22 - July 7, 2022?  Our small groups have a ton of fun together!  Can't choose?  There is an option (and a discount) if you go on both trips.  There are two double rooms left available on the first trip June 7 - 21.  The Swiss tour June 22 - July 7 has one double room available, and we're talking to the hotels about adding another.  The number of guests for each trip will not exceed 24, so social distancing will be possible, even on the bus.  If you're interested, let us know soon!  https://www.prostyall.com/lustig-tours-holiday 

If you'd like to join us for travel to Europe in the future, we'd love to have you!  There have been many requests to return to Austria, The Netherlands, and also requests to do a Christmas Market tour.  Let us know what you would like to do in 2023.  We tailor these trips to your wishes! 

Website:  You can always find out what's happening with us at http://www.prostyall.com.  We update our calendar as information becomes available, and always keep the upcoming gigs and last minute changes on the home page.  The shop page https://www.prostyall.com/shop has koozies! (they fit party cups, pint glasses and Wurstfest cups!)  The famous "Prost Y'all" sign is in stock again and available for sale too!  Won't that look awesome on the wall of your favorite relaxation spot!  We also have shirts, hat pins, and CD's that can make great gifts for your Biergarten loving friends. 

Social Media:  You can find us on Facebook, and Youtube.  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/valinapolka , friend us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valinapolka  "like" us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prostyall/  We have an instagram, but don't know how to use it. 

**Behind the scenes - special edition: 

  On Sept 9, the weather people started talking about a system that might develop in the gulf.  By Sept 11, they were pretty sure whatever developed would come up through the Houston area.  We began prepping for a 2 week road tour, and squeezed in some house and yard prep for the storm.  We got home from a gig on Sunday Sept 12 at 10pm, stayed up all night doing the tasks we'd left for Monday (because we'd planned to leave for Tyler on Tuesday morning). With the storm bringing potential calamity, we departed on Monday morning instead.  Ross had about 4.5 hours of sleep, Valina just 3.  But come heck or high water, we're not going to miss a gig!  Especially after last year's shutdowns.  So, we drove in to Tyler, and got checked in to our hotel room around 3pm, very "jet lagged".  We both passed out for a couple of hours.  I woke up around 5:30pm, and fixed dinner.  I brought our leftover chicken and rice dish I'd made, put it in the micro, and we feasted like royalty on home cooked food with fresh tomatoes and avocados too!  Then Ross realized he needed something from the van.  He went outside around 7:30, and came running back in telling me he had an accident.  He had fallen from a disappearing sidewalk and faceplanted.  Thankfully the bill of his ball-cap came between the pavement and his glasses; but still his glasses cut in to the bridge of his nose.  There was blood all over his face.  He went to the bathroom to start trying to clean up and stop the bleeding, I went to get ice to put on him.  Then we called our friend Tammy, who just retired from ER nursing.  She walked us through what to do and how to bandage it over the phone.  Early Tuesday morning, Ross was still bleeding ever so slightly, so we headed over to an Urgent Care to have him checked out, cleaned up, and bandaged.  He said he was not in pain.  ER people said we did a good job with the ice, because swelling was at a minimum for the injury. Tammy gave us excellent tele-ER care!  He had a little swelling on his nose and some scraping.  Doc gave him an ointment for that, and gave us instructions for how to care for the wound.  We went back to the hotel and rested, then loaded in to the gig at Fresh.  The weather was wet, a heavy drizzle, so we tarped as we loaded our stuff to the covered patio.  Ross' German work ethic was in full swing, and the gig went off just fine.  I don't know that guests could tell anything was wrong with him.  Wednesday was beautiful weather and another great gig, Moved to Addison Wednesday night, and performed there Thursday - Sunday.  By Friday in Addison, he was looking pretty normal, and never got the black eyes they warned us he could get.  By Friday in Fort Worth, he looked so healed, you couldn't tell anything had happened unless you looked real close. 

Ross celebrated his birthday this year with a healed face, and a day off; dinner and margaritas with family on Monday night at our favorite hangout, Lopez in Houston.  Always excellent service, good food, good prices, and good bar!  He's been watching his Batman TV series DVDs that we got him for his birthday.  Pow! Bam! Biff! hehe.  I've been busy busy in the office with contracts, invoices, Tomball planning and tour paperwork, turning merch around for the next shows, laundry and ironing, and managed to mow the grass and rake the heavy stuff this morning before the rain.  ...who ever said this life is glamorous?  I'll get my day off after Wurstfest, hopefully in a hammock surrounded by bird feeders, visited by as many birds as visited last time we relaxed at that little cabin for a few days. 

With all the wonders of joy and happiness at Oktoberfest, we have not forgotten the sadness and sickness around us.  But man can not survive on sadness and worry.  We must allow joy and hope in our lives!  It is a blessing to do what we do.  We pray every day that health and strength will remain for our friends, family, fans, and ourselves, so we can continue passing happiness on to others.  We thank the Lord every day for the talents he loaned us and the people he has brought around us.

That's all for this newsletter.  Your support and friendship means so much to us!  Stay healthy, stay safe, share a smile with a stranger, and we hope we get to "prost y'all" along the Oktoberfest road soon!

Lustige Leute Newsletter September 2021 

Howdy Friends, and welcome to our new friends! 

Oktoberfest is here, and while we're super excited to get on the road to see our friends and play our music, our hearts are heavy when we think about all that is happening in the  world around us.  There is nothing we can do but keep moving forward, make the best of it, and help our friends in need.  There are some days when even that seems silly when we see all the darkness in the world.  We hope the festival season will give you an opportunity to place sadness and worries aside for a few hours and go out for some carefree fun and frolic.  Our hearts and minds need these breaks, especially when times are hard. 

Oktoberfest shows started already on August 20 for us.  We've already put 1500 miles on the touring van!  Rehearsals have been going well, and we're busy putting the finishing touches on some new music.  Of course, it's always rough the first time out in public with a new song, but we're ready to take that step with a few of these! 

Oktoberfest Season performances: 

-- Walburg Fest, 3777 FM 972, Walburg, TX; 
Saturday Sept 4; 6pm & 9pm 
Sunday Sept 5; 12pm & 3pm; Ross, Robert, Jeff, & Valina; Free admission; Continuous entertainment both days with the Walburg Boys and the Alpenmusikanten. 

--The Sauer Kraut Grill, 734 Crabb River Rd, Richmond, TX; Stubenmusi (pub music unplugged) with the Duo 
Thursdays Sept 2, 9, 30;  6 - 8pm 

-- Bavarian Brauhaus, 109 N Main, Bryan, TX; 
Friday Sept 10; 6:30 - 10; Oktoberfest Show with the Duo 

--The White Horse Tavern, 400 N Main, Burton, TX; 
Sunday September 12, 4:30 - 7:30; Allison's Birthday!  The Duo;  BYOD: Bring a Dish to share; Allison will be celebrating her birthday, cooking on the dance floor, not in the kitchen!  ...bring cash / credit card for the bar - Bier, wine, set ups 

--Fresh by Brookshire's, 6991 Old Jacksonville Hwy, Tyler, TX; 
Tuesday and Wednesday Sept 14 & 15, 5pm - 8pm; Oktoberfest on the Patio!  The Duo 

-- Addison Oktoberfest, Addison Circle Park (north of Dallas) TX; 
September 16 - 19; The four piece party band at the Musikzelt;  Ross, Robert, Jeff, & Valina 
Thursday 7:45 - 9:15, Friday 6:00 - 7:30, Saturday 7:00 - 8:00, Sunday 4:00 - 5:00; 
Valina is MC for the Musikzelt. 

-- Oktoberfest Fort Worth, Panther Island Pavilion, Fort Worth, TX; 
September 24 - 25; The four piece party band; 
Friday in the Wiesn Tent 8:00 - 8:45 and 10:00 - 11:00; Ross, Robert, Jeff, & Valina 
Saturday in the Spaten Hall 3:00 - 4:00, 5:00 - 6:30, 8:00 - 8:30; Ross, Robert, Jeff, & Valina 
Valina is MC Thursday Sept 23, Friday and Saturday. 

-- Das Manor Haus Oktoberfest, 111 N Post Oak Ln, Houston, TX; 
Sunday September 26; 3pm - 7pm; Ross, Robert, Jeff, & Valina  Tickets required for this all inclusive package (Dinner, Bier, Wein, music, lawn games, Stein races!) 

-- Saint Arnold Oktoberfest, Saint Arnold Brewing Co, 2000 Lyons Ave, Houston, TX; 
Friday Oct 1; 6pm - 9pm; Ross, Robert, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Saturday Oct 2; 6pm - 9pm; Ross, Robert, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Sunday Oct 3; 1pm - 4pm; Ross, Kerry, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Tickets required. 

-- Oktoberfest, The Sauer Kraut Grill, 734 Crabb River Rd, Richmond, TX; 
Saturday Oct 9 1:00 - 2:45; The Duo; Outside under the tents 

-- Oktoberfest, Roughtail Brewing, 320 W Memorial Road, Oklahoma City, OK;Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Oct 15, 16, 17; Ross, Robert, Jeff, & Valina; Times TBD; General admission, and VIP tickets available; Scroll down on their website to October to find the links. 

-- Oktoberfest Show, Momma's at Sengelmann, 531 N Main, Schulenburg, TX; 

Wednesday Oct 27; 6pm - 9pm; The Duo 

-- Wurstfest, Landa Park, New Braunfels, TX; 
Das Kleine Zelt: 
Saturday Nov 6; 6:05 - 7:05, 8:40 - 9:35, 11pm - 12:00;  Ross, Robert, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Sunday Nov 7; 3:30 - 4:50, 6:30 - 7:30, 9:05 - 10:00; Ross, Jeff Valina & dancers 
Stelzenplatz: 
Tuesday Nov 9; 6:45 - 7:40, 8:55 - 9:45; Ross, Robert, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Wednesday Nov 10; 5:30 - 6:25, 7:50 - 8:45; Ross, Robert, Jeff, Valina & dancers 
Friday Nov 12; 5:30 - 6:35, 8:15 - 9:20; Ross, Randy, Jeff & dancers 
Saturday Nov 13: 2:10 - 3:10, 4:50 - 5:45, 7:15 - 8:15, 9:40 - 10:35; Ross, Randy, & Jeff 
Sunday Nov 14; 2:15 - 3:15, 4:50 - 5:50, 7:30 - 8:30; Ross, Randy, Jeff & dancers 

The homepage of our website will reflect every performance except the private ones.  Often when we're on the road, we don't have access to update our facebook pages, but will always (as long as my cell phone works) update the home page on our website if there is a last minute change.  You're always welcome to give us a call or send a text if you want to make sure we're going to be where our calendar shows we're going to be. 

Looking ahead: 

These shows are tentative: 

Sept 29; Oktoberfest dinner and a show; The Union Kitchen; Katy, TX; The Duo 

Oct 7 and Oct 28; Stubenmusi; The Sauer Kraut Grill; The Duo 

Oct 19 - 24; Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa. Tuesday night specialty showcase dinner, Wednesday night Sponsor night, Thursday - Sunday full festival.  Times and stages TBD 
Dec 11 - 12; Tomball German Christmas Market; Times and stages TBD 

Host your own Christmas party!  Call us for pricing and availability if you have something to celebrate in November / December!  We're available to play for you as a duo unplugged, or we can bring specialty folk instruments.  Nothing says Christmas like German Christmas carols and American ones played on cowbells!  Need an authentic European (Dutch) Saint Nick?  We can offer that as well!  Our Saint Nick is fluent in Dutch and German, and knows the history of how Saint Nick came to be. His beard is real, and his robes are hand made. 

Hosting our trips to Europe   Both trips for the summer of 2022 are close to capacity.  Would you like to travel with us to Germany and the Czech Republic, Tuesday June 7 - Tuesday June 21, 2022?  Or to the Black Forest and Switzerland June 22 - July 7, 2022?  Our small groups have a ton of fun together!  Can't choose?  There is an option (and a discount) if you go on both trips.  There are two double rooms left available on the first trip June 7 - 21.  The Swiss tour June 22 - July 7 has one double room available.  The number of guests for each trip will not exceed 26, so social distancing will be possible, even on the bus.  If you're interested, let us know soon!  https://www.prostyall.com/lustig-tours-holiday 

If you'd like to join us for travel to Europe in the future, we'd love to have you!  There have been many requests to return to Austria, so unless we're forced to postpone again, Austria is on the wish list in 2023. 

Website:  You can always find out what's happening with us at http://www.prostyall.com.  We update our calendar as information becomes available, and always keep the upcoming gigs and last minute changes on the home page.  The shop page https://www.prostyall.com/shop has koozies! (they fit party cups, pint glasses and Wurstfest cups!)  The famous "Prost Y'all" sign is in stock again and available for sale too!  Won't that look awesome on the wall of your favorite relaxation spot!  We also have shirts, hat pins, and CD's that can make great gifts for your Biergarten loving friends. 

Social Media:  You can find us on Facebook, and Youtube.  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/valinapolka , friend us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valinapolka  "like" us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prostyall/  We have an instagram, but don't know how to use it. 

Behind the scenes:  We're thankful to be as busy as we are!  Hopefully we'll make up for some of the losses from last year.  We've had time this past month to finally work on the new music we wanted to have ready for the Oktoberfest season.  In addition to arranging new music from Germany,  Ross wrote a polka; his first ever!  He named it The Valina Polka.  I think he has a crush on me ;)  He thought of it in early July, but wasn't ready to play it in public until August.  Then, I wrote some verses (I think I wrote the melodies to them, but am not sure, as they sound so familiar, I don't know if it's something I heard somewhere, or if it's just an earworm, so I was used to hearing it before I finished writing the lyrics! ...that was a run-on sentence...)  Anyway, I wrote verses to go with a traditional Dutch chorus that is soooo fun to do in a Biergarten!  It's something I remember doing with a Dutch band at a Dairy Break festival in Stephenville.  Of course, it's performed in Germany as well, but I heard it in Dutch first.  While Ross has been working on music, tending to some baby plants that are finally showing a little promise, and updating some computer equipment, I celebrated my birthday by re-doing our upstairs bathroom.  I pulled the old wallpaper off the walls - I think it's been there since they built the house in the 1970s - then I textured, primed and painted.  It's so much brighter and fresh looking in there.  Even though it was hard work, it was like a break, and gave me the change in scenery I needed to be more productive in the office.  I also got to eat myself silly; Ross' parents took us for Japanese and my parents took us for Indonesian, then our friends in Oklahoma took us for American food and included a huge cake which took several days to finish.  It was a good birthday.  Ross is still dealing with some shoulder pain, but we're discovering it flares up when we're working out in the heat a lot.  He's eating healthy and drinking all he can to stay fully hydrated, which is hard to do when it's 97 and extremely humid.  ...I guess we finally got our summer heat...  He's exercising and stretching daily to keep the whole area strong.  I'm also doing some extra upper body exercises so I can help lift the speakers and sound cabinet at gigs.  We need to keep our bodies healthy and sturdy enough to roadie for ourselves for at least another 10 years.  Speaking of the weather, my goodness!  We are praying for our friends in Louisiana and Mississippi, and hope things will get back to normal for you sooner than later.  The photos of the devastation are heartbreaking.  We're overwhelmed with horror when we think of what's happening in Afghanistan.  We meet so many former and currently serving military.  We feel helpless.  All we can do is pray our citizens, the people who have been helping us, and our military can get out as safely as possible.  Some have already given all, and some of them so young, they've never even had a Bier in public without "breaking the law".  Our hearts hurt for their families and loved ones.  Our minds are not capable of even imagining... All we can do is pray.   And we will keep doing what we're doing, and hope that a little of what we do will help others somewhere along the way. 

That's all for this newsletter.  Your support and friendship means so much to us!  Stay healthy, stay safe, share a smile with a stranger, and we hope we get to "prost y'all" along the Oktoberfest road soon!

Lustige Leute Newsletter August 2021 

It's hard to believe that in mere weeks, school will be back in session, Oktoberfests will start up, and cooler days will be around the corner.  Right now, it's hot!  But it has been comfortably cooler in Houston this summer.  It's been wetter too, until about a week ago.  We hope your summer has been treating you well! 

We thought we'd have time this month to get our Oktoberfest rehearsals going, but other obligations have slowed all of that down.  Where does the time go?  What did happen between the chaos?  Ross wrote his first original tune; a polka that's quite catchy!  I don't even know if the song has a name yet, but seeing as how we now have about 10 songs between the two of us that we've composed in the past 18 months, we need to get ourselves in to the studio to record!  Looking at our schedule, that process most likely won't start until next January / February. 

July / August performances: 

Saturday July 31, POP UP! at the Kuckuck's Nest, 3150 N State Highway 16, Fredericksburg, TX.  Playing music from 12 - 3pm while you shop for new outfits for Oktoberfest!  All of our band merchandise will be available for sale as well!

Wednesday, August 4, Christ The Lord Lutheran VBS Alief Fine Arts Camp. 4410 S Kirkwood Rd, Houston. Focus on Alpine Horn and Cowbells edutainment; 6:30 - 8:30. 

Thursdays August 5, 12, 26, The Sauer Kraut Grill at 734 Crabb River Rd, in Richmond, Texas from 6 - 8pm.  Stubenmusi (pub style performance - unplugged, sometimes unhinged!)  Owner Eric is almost always there, cooking, serving and visiting with clients.  They have excellent food, and a great Bier (lots of import, and local craft brews, even Texas' own German brew, Altstadt!) and Wein selection!  Picnic tables outside if you like to dine in the fresh air.  We'll come out and play for you if you like, just ask us!  Oh, and our friend Randy Adams from Auf Geht's will be there Thursday Aug 19! 

Friday and Saturday, August 20 and 21; Royal Bavaria Restaurant, 3401 S Sooner Rd, Moore, OK;  Two shows each night; 5:30 - 7:15, 7:45 - 9:30  Call ahead for reservations  405-799-7666 

Sunday August 22; Krause's Cafe, 148 S Castell, New Braunfels, TX, from 2 - 5pm.  Spend the weekend in New Braunfels; Schlitterbahn, float the river, relax at Canyon Lake, and spend Sunday having a mid-day Liter of beer, and some cool German folk music. 

Other locations and dates could be added; If that happens, we'll send out a Schnelletter to update you, and of course, you're always welcome to come to our website, or give us a call. 

Looking ahead: 

Thursdays at the Sauer Kraut Grill continue through the Oktoberfest season.  We'll be there some days, other musicians may be there Thursdays when we're on the road. 

Saturday and Sunday Sept 4 - 5; Walburg Fest at the Walburg German Restaurant, 3777 Fm 972, Walburg Walburg, Texas.  Back to back with Walburg Boys and Alpenmusikanten; Show times TBA 

Friday Sept 10; Bavarian Brauhaus, 109 N Main, Bryan, TX; 6:30 - 10pm; The Duo 

Sunday Sept 12; The White Horse Tavern, 400 N Main, Burton, TX, Times TBA.  Owner Allison is celebrating her birthday, and she wants you to celebrate with her!  Purchase drinks at the bar, but BYOD (bring your own dinner / snacks) as Allison will only cook on the dance floor, not in the kitchen. 

Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept 14 - 15; Oktoberfest at Fresh by Brookishire, Tyler, TX; 5pm - 8pm.  Party on the patio! 

Thursday - Sunday Sept 16 - 19; Addison Oktoberfest, Addison Circle Park; Valina is MC all 4 days. Band plays each day at the Music Stage, located outdoors in the park. 

Thursday - Saturday Sept 23 - 25; Okotberfest Fort Worth, Panther Island Pavilion; Valina is MC Thursday, Band plays Friday and Saturday. 

Friday - Sunday Oct 1 - 3; Saint Arnold Oktoberfest, at Saint Arnold Brewery in Houston, TX; Band and folk dancers all three days.  Times TBA.  This is our only Oktoberfest performance in the Houston area that is open to the public. 

Host your own Christmas party!  Call us for pricing and availability if you have something to celebrate in November / December!  We're available to play for you as a duo unplugged, or we can bring specialty folk instruments.  Nothing says Christmas like German Christmas carols!  Need an authentic European (Dutch) Saint Nick?  We can offer that as well!  Our Saint Nick is fluent in Dutch and German, and knows the history of how Saint Nick came to be. His beard is real, and his robes are hand made. 

Hosting our trips to Europe   Both trips for the summer of 2022 are close to capacity.  Would you like to travel with us to Germany and the Czech Republic, Tuesday June 7 - Tuesday June 21, 2022?  Or to the Black Forest and Switzerland June 22 - July 7, 2022?  Our small groups have a ton of fun together!  Can't choose?  There is an option (and a discount) if you go on both trips.  We have asked the hotels about adding space for just one more couple.  The number of guests for each trip will not exceed 26.  If you're interested, let us know soon!  https://www.prostyall.com/lustig-tours-holiday 

If you'd like to join us for travel to Europe in the future, we'd love to have you!  There have been many requests to return to Austria, so unless we're forced to postpone again, Austria is on the wish list in 2023. 

Website:  You can always find out what's happening with us at http://www.prostyall.com.  We update our calendar as information becomes available, and always keep the upcoming gigs and last minute changes on the home page.  The shop page https://www.prostyall.com/shop has brand new koozies that fit party cups, pint glasses and Wurstfest cups!  The famous "Prost Y'all" sign is available for sale too!  We have a few left, and more are coming just in time for the Oktoberfest season.  Won't that look awesome on the wall of your favorite relaxation spot!  We also have shirts, hat pins, and CD's that can make great gifts for your Biergarten loving friends. 

Social Media:  You can find us on Facebook, and Youtube.  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/valinapolka , friend us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valinapolka  "like" us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prostyall/  We have an instagram, but don't know how to use it. 

Behind the scenes:  Our one day off this month was July 4; spent in Round Top for a very rainy, but joyful Independence Day celebration.  The Round Top Brass Band, Cool Freddy and The Crew and the jam session were all just so fun to sit back and relax to.  The food was amazing, the company even more so.  I drank more beer this one day than I had in months!  Ross was designated driver this time, so he ate an extra couple of slices of pecan spice cake while I slurped and burped.  That Altstadt goes down smooooooth!  We made the most out of that one day off.  After the event at Rifle Hall ended, we went to hang out for another few hours with some friends who were staying in a B&B in the area.  According to them, the fireworks we watched were coming from Rick Perry's property.  We were just happy to chill out with friends, see the stars in the sky, laugh, talk, and see a few good explosions too.  July 5, we were back at work; Ross rehearsing on his various instruments, learning a few new songs, and I was in the office for a couple of weeks working on the tours.  It seemed to rain non stop for 3 weeks, so we had a few situations to deal with because of saturated ground and all that water, but somehow, we got it all taken care of.  Ross also was still dealing with the shoulder pain coming and going, so we've been to the specialist.  The Dr moved things around, poked and prodded, and asked lots of questions.  After working with Ross for about 20 minutes, he gave him a steroid shot, and sent us home.  He seemed to think this would eventually work loose, so Ross has been being careful, doing lots of stretches, and I've had to do a little more of the heavy work around here to fill the void of my usually strong sturdy hubby.  He is feeling better, so that's good!  We may look like we're fussy sometimes, but we make a good team.  We are again in dire need of a day off though.  This weekend, we're working in Fredericksburg at the Kuckucks Nest on Saturday, then a 60th anniversary on Sunday.  Just the change of scenery and the cabin our client is providing us to stay in will help restore us, and we'll be ready to keep working on Monday when we get home!  Summer around here in southeast Texas has been pretty mild.  A little cooler than normal, a lot wetter than normal, but no severe weather so far, and we're thankful.  Conversely, people in Europe and the far east are having a very difficult time with extreme weather and severe flooding.  Some people losing everything.  Our own country's north and west coast are dealing with extreme temperatures and devastating fires.  It's all so overwhelming.  Our prayer lists have been overflowing for weeks.  We wish there was more we could do.  We just keep going, and trying to be kind to others, and hope that a little of what we do will spill over to help somewhere along the way. 

That's all for this newsletter.  Your support and friendship means so much to us!  Stay healthy, stay safe, share a smile with a stranger, and we hope we get to "prost y'all" somewhere soon!

Lustige Leute Newsletter July 2021 

Ach du lieber, where did June go?  We've already reached the halfway mark, and there are only 174 shopping days till Christmas... EEK!  Independence Day is this weekend and there's a cool front on the way to Texas?!?  Okay, now I'll believe the world is going crazy.  But never fear, we still have German folk music and Biergartens to enjoy it in, so there's that! 

Our June was quite busy; It started wonderfully with the Tomball German Heritage Festival celebrating its 20th anniversary!  We're so happy Grady and Sandra were both there all weekend to celebrate with everyone, since they are the grand Oma and Opa who started those German festivals in Tomball back in 2001.  Tens of thousands came out to be around other happy people, enjoy the music, shop, eat, drink, and dance, and they didn't let the weather dampen their spirits (or water down their Bier!)  They came determined to have a good time and take in all the smiling faces!  It always takes a couple of days for all the entertainers, MC's and volunteers  to recover from the 3 days of festival, no sleep, and adrenaline rush we all get from being part of the Tomball German festivals.  We were just barely recovered in time for the gigs Thursday and Friday the next week!  But we made it through and had wonderful shows in several new places!  We met many of you just this past month, and we're so glad to know you! 

July performances: 

Thursdays July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, The Sauer Kraut Grill at 734 Crabb River Rd, in Richmond, Texas from 6 - 8pm.  Stubenmusi (pub style performance - unplugged, sometimes unhinged!)  Owner Eric is almost always there, cooking, serving and visiting with clients.  They have excellent food, and a great Bier (lots of import, and local craft brews, even Texas' own German brew, Altstadt!) and Wein selection!  Picnic tables outside if you like to dine in the fresh air.  We'll come out and play for you if you like, just ask us! 

Friday July 9; The White Horse Tavern, 400 N Main, Burton, TX, from 7pm - 10pm.  This is our second show here; The owner, Allison is also a musician playing accordion and singing.  She does all the cooking and serving, so you're guaranteed a warm welcome and true Texas hospitality the way it used to be!  One evening in Allison's place, and you'll feel restored! 

Sunday July 25; Krause's Cafe, 148 S Castell, New Braunfels, TX, from 2 - 5pm.  Spend the weekend in New Braunfels; Schlitterbahn, float the river, relax at Canyon Lake, and spend Sunday having a mid-day Liter of beer, and some cool German folk music. 

Other locations and dates could be added; If that happens, we'll send out a Schnelletter to update you, and of course, you're always welcome to come to our website, or give us a call. 

Looking ahead: 

Thursdays at the Sauer Kraut Grill continue in August, but on August 19, we'll be driving to Oklahoma for shows, so our friend Randy Adams will be at there! 

Friday and Saturday, August 20 and 21; Royal Bavaria Restaurant, 3401 S Sooner Rd, Moore, OK;  Two shows each night; 5:30 - 7:15, 7:45 - 9:30 

Sunday August 22 at Krause's Cafe in New Braunfels, TX 

Host your own summertime party!  Call us for pricing and availability if you have something to celebrate in July / August!  We're available to play for you as a duo unplugged, or we can bring specialty folk instruments, have our fiddler, tubist or drummer join us, and even bring a party pack of Paulaner goodies with us to set the atmosphere, and fun gifts for the host! 

Hosting our trips to Europe Things are beginning to open again in European countries.  Our service providers and we are optimistic that we'll get to go on our twice postponed itinerary to Germany and the Czech Republic.  We now will depart on Tuesday June 7, 2022.  That trip will end on Tuesday June 21.  A second trip will begin with departure from the US on Wednesday June 22 and end on Thursday July 7.  The second trip will visit Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany's Black Forest.  We are still watching Europe closely for updates.  Things seem to be improving with more vaccinations happening there.  We are bound by many factors beyond our control, but will do our best to provide you the best experience we can. Our small groups have a ton of fun together!  There will be an option to go on both trips, so if you're interested, please let us know!  We'll make sure to give you all the details as they come in.  If you'd like to join us for travel to Europe in the future, we'd love to have you!  There have been many requests for more Austria, so unless we're forced to postpone again, Austria is on our wish list in 2023. 

Website:  You can always find out what's happening with us at http://www.prostyall.com.  We update our calendar as information becomes available, and always keep the upcoming gigs and last minute changes on the home page.  The shop page https://www.prostyall.com/shop has brand new koozies that fit party cups, pint glasses and Wurstfest cups!  The famous "Prost Y'all" license plate is now available for sale too!  We have a few left, and we'll get some more in stock just in time for the Oktoberfest season.  Won't that look awesome on the wall of your favorite relaxation spot!  There's a photo of it attached to this e-mail.  We also have lots of shirts, hat pins, and CD's that can make great gifts for your Biergarten loving friends.  Check the calendar page for Oktoberfest dates.  We'll be in Addison, Fort Worth, Houston, Oklahoma City, and New Braunfels.  We're pending to go to Tulsa. 

Social Media:  We can be found on Facebook, and Youtube.  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/valinapolka , friend us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valinapolka  "like" us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prostyall/  We have an instagram, but don't know how to use it. 

Thought we'd share this video again, special for Independence Day; Ross playing Stars and Stripes at Mt Rushmore!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjNpAdXhe7s 

Behind the scenes: June has been an emotional roller coaster for us.  The Tomball German festival was a rush of happy and healing emotions seeing so many friends healthy and happy together in one place.  The shadow of fear cleared from their eyes!  Also, the excitement of getting to present the song I wrote for Tomball at the festival itself, accompanied by the Round Top Brass Band, who took Ross' accordion arrangement, and arranged it for their 20 brass and woodwind pieces!  Some new gigs in new places, making lots of new friends was great.   June 20 was my dad's 80th birthday, another happy occasion! Then several losses shortly after that.  A good friend and band mate lost his Mother, then Ross' favorite cousin in south Texas passed, then Ross' Aunt passed a couple of days later.  Inside of 10 days, we've attended 3 funerals.  One where Ross sang and played some accordion.  I don't know how he turns his emotions off when he does those things.  He always amazes me.  On the evening before leaving for South Texas, he started having shoulder pain, which by the next morning was very severe.  We got on the road to south Texas, and he was able to do what he promised for his cousins, but little else.  As long as we could put the accordion on him, he could play it.  Coming home Thursday, we went straight to the Urgent Care to have his shoulder looked at.  No clear diagnosis, but nothing on the x-ray.  The steroid and muscle relaxer prescribed did the trick.  We hired our Niece to be a roadie for the weekend, paying her to help us with all the heavy lifting, and also running cables, which often puts us in difficult positions when an arm can not be extended.  If she had not been available to help, we would have been forced to cancel those gigs.  With a couple more days' rest and accordion rehearsal, he's mostly better now, and not needing the meds any more.  He's dealing with the rotating emotions of loss of a loved one, so has not been himself, but he feels a bit better.  I had some dental work done in mid June, which left some very sensitive spots, which have made quite a bit of discomfort when eating.  Some days, the pain was pretty intense.  Nothing is wrong, and it's slowly improving.  I'm still about a week behind in work, but tackling the stack slow and steady.  If I can get this mess under control, then we can go do the last painting job on our calendar.  We're both pretty ready for a day off, and we plan to spend it on Sunday July 4. 

We're thankful for you, our friends who enjoy and support our music, and who read our monthly mailers.  We're thankful for the new friends we're making in so many places!  Y'all stay healthy, stay safe and we hope to see you somewhere soon!  Happy Independence Day!

Lustige Leute Newsletter May / June 2021 

Howdy Friends! 

Sunny warm days and summer greetings to you!  (Can you tell I typed that when the weather was pretty?  Now, it's more like soggy squishy!)  If you're in Texas, it was feeling like early summer for several weeks, but now it's rain on top of more rain.  Guess we're making up for the dry spell since the snow in February.  Regardless of the rain, people are out and about!  Beaches, parks, rivers and dance halls have been quite busy!  It's so wonderful to be reuniting with old friends and hearing all of the laughter as people get together again! 

We had a lot of "invitation only" sorts of events early in May, I've been so busy in the office working on getting new venues scheduled in June and July, finalizing everything for Tomball's German festival and communicating with places in Europe that time just slipped by!  The band will be busy again through June, which is a good thing, and we're excited about it all! 

May / June performances: 

Thursdays May 27, June 10, 17, 24, The Sauer Kraut Grill at 734 Crabb River Rd, in Richmond, Texas from 6 - 8pm.  Stubenmusi (pub style performance - unplugged!)  Owner Eric is almost always there, cooking, serving and visiting with clients.  They have excellent food, and a great Bier (lots of import, and local craft brews, even some Altstadt!) and Wein selection!  Picnic tables outside if you like to dine in the fresh air.  We'll come out and play for you if you like, just ask us! 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 4 - 6; Tomball German Heritage Festival in Tomball, Texas!  Located on Market Street between Elm and Pine. Three days of fun the way only Tomball can make it!  4 stages of continuous German and polka music with a little American and bluegrass sprinkled in.  Folk dancers, cloggers, contests, games, and a big celebration for the long awaited 20th anniversary!  We hope you can join us out there!  Admission, parking and shuttle are all FREE!  Ross plays solo on Friday night in the German Heritage Center.  The 4 piece band with Robert Herridge and Glen Renfro plays Saturday from 1:30 - 5, and Sunday 12pm - 2pm, all at the Grady Und Sandra Platz located near the corner of Pine and Market.  The festival is still free admission and still offers free parking and shuttle on Saturday and Sunday!   Need some motivation?  Check out this video made with many of you!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTs-9d-NbJo 

THIS ONE IS PENDING please check the website for updates before departing: Friday June 11; Bavarian Brauhaus, 109 N. Main, Bryan, TX, from 6:30 - 10pm.  No passport necessary!  Walk through the doors, and be immediately transported to Bavaria, as this restaurant's interior has been decorated 100% with fixtures and furniture imported from Bavaria!  Import beers, and traditional German menu too!  Since the place is connected to an Irish bar (where everything was imported from Ireland), you can even have a Guinness with your Schnitzel! 

Wednesday June 16; Momma's at Sengelmann, 531 N Main St, Schulenburg, TX, from 6 - 9pm.  Delicious American homestyle dishes, pizza, and daily specials.  Great bar with friendly service. 

Friday June 18; The White Horse Tavern, 400 N Main, Burton, TX, from 7pm - 10pm.  This is a brand new venue for us that we hope will be a fun place for you to join us!  The owner, Allison is also a musician playing accordion and singing.  She does a lot of the cooking and serving herself, so you're guaranteed a warm welcome and true Texas hospitality! 

Sunday June 27; Nathan's BBQ, 1307 Prairie Lea, Brenham, TX (but access to the parking lot is from the feeder rd of 290), from 3 - 6pm.  This will be our first time playing for this venue, and we can't wait! "The Brenham Banner-Press Reader's Choice "Best Barbecue" 6 Years in Row 2015-2020! "  Polka music on Sundays is a new thing for them, so come out and let them know you enjoy a little polka with your BBQ and Beer! 

Looking ahead: 

Thursdays at the Sauer Kraut Grill continue in July and August. 

Friday July 9; The White Horse Tavern, 400 N Main, Burton, TX 

Sunday July 25 at Krause's Cafe in New Braunfels, TX 

Host your own "we're vaccinated" party!  Call us for pricing and availability if you have something to celebrate in July / August!  We're available to play for you as a duo unplugged, or we can bring all of our specialty folk instruments, have our fiddler, tubist or drummer join us, and even bring a party pack of Paulaner goodies with us to set the atmosphere, and fun gifts for the host! 

Hosting our trips to Europe will resume as soon as international travel is wide open again, and boy do we hope that will be possible in 2022!  We have postponed that wonderful itinerary to Germany and the Czech Republic once more.  We now will depart on Tuesday June 7, 2022.  That trip will end on Tuesday June 21.  A second trip will begin with departure from the US on Wednesday June 22 and end on Thursday July 7.  The second trip will visit Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany's Black Forest.  We are watching Europe closely for updates.  Things seem to be slowly improving with more vaccinations happening there.  We are bound by many factors beyond our control, but will do our best to provide you the best experience we can.  If you'd like to join us for travel to Europe in the future, we'd love to have you!  Our small groups have a ton of fun together!  There will be an option to go on both trips, so if you're interested, please let us know!  We'll make sure to give you all the details as they come in. 

Website:  You can always find out what's happening with us at http://www.prostyall.com.  We update our calendar as information becomes available, and always keep the upcoming gigs and last minute changes on the home page.  The shop page https://www.prostyall.com/shop has brand new koozies that fit party cups, pint glasses and Wurstfest cups!  The famous "Prost Y'all" license plate is now available for sale too!  We should still have enough to have them available through the weekend in Tomball.  Won't that look awesome on the wall of your favorite relaxation spot!  There's a photo of it attached to this e-mail.  We also have lots of shirts, hat pins, and CD's that can make great gifts for your Biergarten loving friends.  Check the calendar page for Oktoberfest dates; they're starting to confirm schedules.  We'll be in Addison, Fort Worth, Houston, Oklahoma City, and are pending to go to Tulsa, New Braunfels, and New Orleans! 

Social Media:  We can be found on Facebook, and Youtube.  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/valinapolka , friend us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valinapolka  "like" us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prostyall/  We have an instagram, but don't know how to use it, and we check in on our MeWe about once a week. 

Behind the scenes:  Yep, we are doing a few little side jobs here and there to help keep our bills paid.  We worked for 4 days making little repairs to sheet rock, painting and cleaning for my brother and sister in love at their new house before they moved in.  I used to apprentice under a friend who taught me how to do some basic sheetrock taping, floating, texturing and painting, so those old skills were put to use!  I enjoy painting.  Looking at the finished product is quite rewarding!  We finished that job May 7, and since then have been back to our music business.  While I've been in the office, Ross has been taking an old accordion apart and working on it to see if it can be restored.  It is a button chromatic accordion made in Sweden.  He's also learning to play a clarinet he bought in The Netherlands a few years ago and had restored.  I have no idea if either of those instruments will make it on the stage any time soon, but cross training is as important to us musicians as it is to an athlete or dancer.   I'm enjoying my workouts on my bike, going 12 miles 2 or 3 days a week.  It's a good way to train my body to endure high energy performances in the Texas summer heat.   I'm just about finished with the paperwork for the Tomball German Heritage festival coming up in 9 days!  Now I'm knee deep in building a tour to Switzerland and Germany's Black Forest.  The hotels are finally beginning to respond to my requests.  The one hotel who responded with a very warm and enthusiastic reply is the one we chose.  That's the kind of service we want for our guests!  I'm also protesting ridiculous high property taxes (which make no sense, because everything around us sold for less than asking price and for much less than the county appraisal last year!) and working on the songs I wrote last year.  Oh, and Ross and I are both now fully vaccinated, so we are genetically modified super humans!  ...well, according to the statistics, we're no longer a danger to anyone around us, and that's very important to us! 

We're thankful for you, our friends who enjoy and support our music, and who read our monthly mailers.  We're thankful things are opening up and people are getting out again!  Y'all stay healthy, stay safe and we hope to see you somewhere soon!

Lustige Leute Newsletter April 2021 

Full spring time and Easter greetings!  The flowers are blooming, pollen is in the air.....gesundheit!.... and people are out and about again.  It is good to see all the smiles on faces! 

There are some fun things coming up this month, and we hope you'll be able to join us for something soon! 

It's been pretty amazing to watch the grass and trees around here go from completely brown and empty to busting with green all over!  It was kind of strange, everything looking like autumn with spring busting out at the same time.  Ah, Texas weather!  It didn't affect the bluebonnets though!  Those little guys are bright as ever and blooming everywhere!  I wrote a song about Bluebonnets last year.  I really need to get it going so I can play it while they're in bloom! 

April performances: 

Thursdays April 1, 8,15, 29, at The Sauer Kraut Grill at 734 Crabb River Rd, in Richmond, Texas from 6 - 8pm.  They have excellent food, and a great Bier (lots of Paulaner, and local craft brews, even some Altstadt!) and Wein selection!  Picnic tables outside if you feel safer dining in the fresh air.  We'll come out and play for you if you like, just ask us! 

Wednesday April 14; Momma's at Sengelmann, 531 N Main St, Schulenburg, TX, from 6 - 9pm.  Delicious American homestyle dishes, pizza, and daily specials.  Great bar with friendly service. 

Saturday April 17; The Sauer Kraut Grill Halfway to Oktoberfest Party!  734 Crabb River Rd, in Richmond, Texas from 1pm - 7pm.  Splitting the stage with Auf Geht's! 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 23 - 25; Germanfest in Muenster, Texas!  Three days of German and polka music in the Tanzhalle!  Admission is $10 Friday or Sunday, $15 on Saturday. BUT, anyone in complete German Tracht (costume) will be admitted free! 

The three piece party band is there Friday 12pm - 1:30, 2pm - 3:30, Saturday 12:20 - 1:50, 4pm - 5:30, Sunday 2:30 - 4pm.  Our friends the Alpenmusikanten will also be there!  The Tanzhalle is an indoor venue, with wide open garage doors for fresh air.  The party goes on rain or shine. 

Looking ahead: 

Sunday May 23; Polka Sundays at Krause's Cafe in New Braunfels, Texas; 2 - 5pm; The Duo 

ALSO!  Crash course polka and waltz dance lessons with Valina!  12pm - 1pm! 

Krause's is all outdoors.  There are heaters if it's cold and fans if it's warm. 

Friday, Saturday, Sunday, June 4 - 6; Tomball German Heritage Festival in Tomball, Texas!  Three days of fun the way only Tomball can make it!  4 stages of continuous German and polka music with a little American and bluegrass sprinkled in.  Folk dancers, cloggers, contests, games, and a big celebration for the long awaited 20th anniversary!  We hope you can join us out there!  Admission, parking and shuttle are all FREE!  The 4 piece band plays Saturday from 1:30 - 5, and Sunday 12pm - 2pm, all at the Grady Und Sandra Platz located near the corner of Pine and Market. 

Host your own "we're vaccinated" party!  Call us for pricing and availability if you have something to celebrate in April or May!  We're available to play for you as a duo unplugged, or we can bring all of our specialty folk instruments, have our fiddler, tubist or drummer join us, or even bring a party pack of Paulaner goodies with us to set the atmosphere, and fun gifts for the host! 

HOPING to host a "land cruise" by luxury coach here in the USA this summer!  The places we are watching closely to see if bringing groups for tours will be possible are Vicksburg MS, Memphis TN, St Louis MO, Hermann MO, Kansas City MO, Tulsa OK, and Eureka Springs AR.  Many of the places we'd like to take you to visit are currently still not taking groups on tours.  Others are.  We are planning to do a trip in mid June for 2 weeks.  All Lustig Tours include live music, so we will be bringing the instruments along and creating our own private parties all along the way.  I am deep in the coordinating phase of building this trip, making lots of phone calls and sticking close to the CDC updates.  As soon as I have some concrete information, I will send out a separate e-mail with all the details and pricing.  What fun it would be to have our own rolling private party for 2 weeks! 

Hosting our trips to Europe will resume as soon as international travel is wide open again, and boy do we hope that will be possible in 2022!  We have postponed that wonderful itinerary to Germany and the Czech Republic once more.  We now plan to depart on Tuesday June 7, 2022.  That trip will end on Tuesday June 21.  A second trip will begin with departure from the US on Wednesday or Thursday June 22 or 23 and end on Wednesday or Thursday July 6 or 7.  The second trip will visit Switzerland and the Black Forest.  We are watching Europe closely for updates, but as of now, there are still lock-downs.  We are bound by many factors beyond our control, but will do our best to provide you the best experience we can.  If you'd like to join us for travel to Europe in the future, we'd love to have you!  Our small groups have a ton of fun together!  There will be an option to go on both trips, so if you're interested, please let us know!  We'll make sure to give you all the details as they come in. 

Website:  You can always find out what's happening with us at http://www.prostyall.com.  We update our calendar as information becomes available, and always keep the upcoming gigs and last minute changes on the home page.  The shop page has shirts, hat pins, and CD's that can make great gifts for your Biergarten loving friends.  Check the calendar page for Oktoberfest dates; they're starting to confirm schedules! 

Social Media:  We can be found on Facebook, Youtube, and MeWe.  You can subscribe to our Youtube channel: http://www.youtube.com/valinapolka , friend us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/valinapolka , and / or MeWe!  http://www.mewe.com/i/valinapolka   Join our group on MeWe "Das ist Lustig and Lustig Tours! 

Behind the scenes:  Now that some time has passed, we're seeing the results of the freeze in February.  Most of the plants Ross winterized are showing signs of life with little spouts of green everywhere.  Even the blood orange may survive!  He finished the repairs on all the pipes at his parent's house, and has been planting tomato and pepper plants.  I have been exercising on my bike quite a bit, usually 12 miles 2 or 3 days a week.  The dirndls are beginning to fit a little again!  Otherwise, focus has been on doing a little cleaning, a lot of coordinating for the Tomball German festival coming up in June, and playing some special music for a dear friend's celebration of life.  Last, but not least, Ross is scheduled for his first vaccine shot this Friday!  Hopefully I will follow soon after. 

We're thankful for you, our friends who enjoy and support our music, and who read our monthly mailers.  We're thankful there's a vaccine here, and making its way into the community, and we're thankful there are therapeutics that are available.  Better times are slowly returning!  The blessings remain in abundance, and we're thankful for that.  Y'all stay healthy, stay safe and we hope to see you somewhere soon!