This edition of the Mike
Schneider Newsletter begins with a few pieces of good news.
First, I sincerely hope you’ll be able to join me at the St.
Aloysius Parish Festival on Sunday, May 31 as I celebrate my
20th year of performing there. The late Noyes Lane was
instrumental in getting me in the lineup back in 1996. It’s
hard to believe 20 years have passed and we’re still
fortunate enough to be included in their festivities. Help
support this great parish and what has become a tremendous
annual tradition for us with your attendance later this
month! Get all the details on the
Schedule page. See you
equally pleased to announce we’ll be back at a few local
concerts in the park again this year, including West Allis
on July 30 and in Hustisford on August 11. I hope to have
details on both events posted to the
page shortly, if they aren’t already by the time you
read this. We’ll also be returning to the Schwabenhof again
on Sunday, August 30; Oak Creek Lions on September 4 and 6;
and our old home parish St. Gregory the Great on Sunday,
September 13. Looking forward to a great summer ahead for
the Mike Schneider Band!
Pint Size Polkas again
dominates my summer schedule, including visits to libraries
and events in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Texas and
Wisconsin. I’m looking forward to returning to Summerfest in
Milwaukee for my sixth straight year, as well! Look for us
on the Kids Stage on July 2 and 3. I have numerous school
shows this month, as well, plus the Menomonie Public Library
this Thursday evening, our sixth annual appearance at Cutler
Park for “Pizza, Polkas and Preschool Art in the Park” on
May 19, and the Glen Carbon Public Library on May 30. Spring
and summer are shaping up nicely, and I look forward to
seeing you somewhere along the Pint Size Polkas trail!
Also, I’m happy to report
that my Mom somehow continues to do well in her battle with
cancer. Her appetite is remaining steady and she’s generally
in good spirits. Please continue to keep her in your
thoughts and prayers. The doctors were confident she would
not make it through the winter, but she’s beaten those odds
as well as several others that have stacked against her
along the way. We’re hoping she continues to do well. Thank
you again for your support!
In two small pieces of less
than great news, after more than a decade of performances at
both the Hiawatha Ballroom and Pulaski Inn, both are hanging
a bit in the balance. First, please help us celebrate a
great run at the Hiawatha Ballroom on Sunday, May 17, as we
mark what will likely be our last performance there. Bill
and Hazel Schend have done a great job running those dances
for the last 15 or so years, bringing in top local bands as
well as some impressive out-of-state talent, such as one
very memorable afternoon I recall with Jack Tady, Fred
Gregorich and Brian O’Boyle. I hope to see you there on May
17 to give the Hiawatha Ballroom and Bill and Hazel the
fantastic farewell they’ve earned for their many years
supporting polka music. And who knows? Maybe if the crowds
are big enough in the final few weeks, they’ll keep going!
We can hope, right?
Regarding Pulaski Inn, I was
disappointed to learn last month that we would no longer be
doing our usual monthly Wednesday afternoon performances
there, instead playing any time there is a fifth Wednesday.
I’d like to wish the patrons and bands there all the best,
as well as Carol Lee Miller, who recently took over band
booking duties and is in charge of the current schedule. The
next time we’ll be there is July 29. Hope to see you then!
As always, be sure to join our
growing list of fans on Facebook
here, or for Pint Size
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Until next month, Happy