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Time to polka

Catasauqua American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., continues its rebound from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since reopening, it has held Sunday breakfasts and Legion meeting events and dinners. The social hall can host wedding receptions, post-funeral gatherings, birthday parties, spaghetti dinners, dances and more.

The Post tapped into a popular ethnic form of music to expand its entertainment base and improve financial coffers with a Jan. 14 polka event. Robbie Lawrence and the Steelworkers Polka Band provided entertainment 3-6 p.m. The three-man band played quality, up-tempo polka music that got attendees out of their seats and onto the dance floor.

The Steelworkers Polka Band is led by Lawrence, who also is a music teacher. The group plays at a variety of locations in the Lehigh Valley. Their 2023 schedule features venues like the Coplay Saengerbund, the Leather Corner Post Hotel in Orefield, Polish night at the Deutscher Club in Clark, N.J., and the New Holland Summer Arts Pavilion in Lancaster County. They have also entertained at Musikfest in Bethlehem.

Retired Marine Mike Fegley was the ticket seller at the door for the event.

Joe Kovacs, vice commander and vice president of the Post’s social club, said he is delighted with the increased activities at the Post. The club may increase the number of polka events, which have a large following in the Lehigh Valley and beyond.

Kovacs staffed the kitchen operation with Chic Clarke and Connie Hammerly serving a variety of German and Austrian ethnic sandwiches.

Kovacs added couples from Hamburg and Walnutport attended the dance.

The Steelworkers Polka Band returns to the Post 3-6 p.m. Feb. 11 and March 18.

Kovacs said he is excited for the Feb. 4 celebration at the Post to honor those veterans featured on the Catasauqua Hometown Heroes banners.

Call the Catasauqua American Legion Post 215 after 4 p.m. or stop by the grill and social hall after 4 p.m. to get information about upcoming events. Consider joining the Post as a veteran or as a social member!

PRESS PHOTOS BY BILL LEINER JR. A couple takes to the dance floor for a night of polka fun at Catasauqua American Legion Post 215, 330 Second St., Jan. 14.
Robbie Lawrence and the Steelworkers Polka Band entertain the crowd with up-tempo polka music.