National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum

605 East 222nd Street
Euclid, OH 44123




Phone: 216-261-3263

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Board nominations

Nominations are open for five Polka Hall of Fame trustee positions. Each three-year term is from April, 2018 to March, 2021. Nominees must be members in good standing. Submit your nominations by January 31, 2018.


Polka passing

Denny Anderson - Trustees Honor Roll

Joe Mlakar - Trustees Honor Roll

Al Pestotnik - Trustees Honor Roll

Alice Kuhar - Trustees Honor Roll

Tony Grdina - Long time photographer

Marcie Moravcik - Cleveland accordionist

Chris Kotsos - Cleveland bandleader

Elaine Vadnal - wife of Richie Vadnal

Gloria Jean DiFabio - keyboard artist

Marilyn Gobely - piano, cornet and accordion player


Polka vibes from the Gift Shop

Polka CDs from the U.S., Canada and Europe

George Staiduhar new CD of favorites

Cd closeouts, only $9 for selected titles

Polka DVDs, selected titles only $10 each

Button Box, Polka and Slovenian T-Shirts

Unique Vintage Handcraftsn from Slovenia

Polka Hall of Fame Cookbook

Cleveland-Style Hits, book by Cilka Dolgan


Christmas Polka CD Special - Only $9 while they last

Linda Lee Brown - A Frankenmuth Christmas

Fritz's Polka Band - It's Christmas Time

Nina and Franc Kompare - Christmas in Slovenia

Ken Umeck - Christmas Concert


Passing of Irene Ostanek at the age of 81

Beloved wife of 60 years to Walter Ostanek. Much loved mother of Cheryl and Richard. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society.


National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame Awards 2017

The Lifetime Achievement Awards goes to Stan Blout, Kathy Hlad and Frank Stanger. The Trustees Honor Roll are for Linda Hochevar, Harry Faint, Ray Somich, Bob Doszak and Mikey Dee. The Greatest All Time Hit Songs were Riverboat Polka and Slovenian Home Polka. The Award for Best new song goes to Mike Schneider with Happy Polka Day. The presentation of the Awards will be at the Polka Hall of Fame Awards Show, Saturday, November 25, 2017, in the Grand Ballroom of the Downtown Cleveland Marriott Hotel (Public Square) at 2:00 p.m.


Staiduhar's Favorites on New CD

For the first time, through the efforts of John Hasper of, you can enjoy the best of George's original polkas on one album. Get your copy now, contact or visit the PHOF.


Raddell's & Maple Heights Catering Earn Top Sausage Honors at Polka Hall of Fame Festival

Smoked sausages and polka music attracted a crowd of more than 1,200 to SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, for the 14th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum on a warm and sunny Wednesday, September 13, 2017. The People's Choice Award for top sausage went to Raddell's Sausage Shop of Cleveland, Ohio, while the festival judges selected Maple Heights Catering of Maple Heights, Ohio, for their prize. Azman Quality Meats of Euclid, Ohio, was voted runner-up in both categories. Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek was the featured entertainer for the Sausage Festival. Dancers enjoyed eight hours of music as polka orchestras volunteered for the fund-raiser. Polka jam sessions popped up around the dance pavilion. About sixty musicians performed. Many brought their traditional diatonic accordions, known as button boxes, including Button Box Band of the Year, the Fairport Jammers, and Kathy Hlad, Button Box Artist of the Year.


Welcome Dave Skrajner

Polka entertainer Dave Skrajner has joined the Board of Trustees. Dave has been active on the Cleveland-Style Polka scene for 456 years from when he joined the Eddie Rodick Orchestra. He then became a charter member of the Don Wojtila Band and has been the bassist and vocalist ever since.


Ostanek Honors Kenny Bass on New CD

Kenny Bass was among the great performers of Cleveland-Style polka and waltz music. He received national renown for his Orchestra and his jazzy soundinspired scores of musicians. Canada's Polka King Walter Ostanek brings together his buddies in a special tribute CD features the music of Kenny Bass. Our friend from the Netherlands, John Hasper of has Produced "Walter Ostanek and Friends Plays Kenny Bass and his polka poppers" as a fund-raiser for the Polka Hall of Fame. You'll enjoy the Bass favorites, 24 songs in all.


All Polka DVDs $10

Choose from Walter Ostanek and the Western Senators, Tom Mrocza, Frank Moravcik, Polka Hall Awards Shows and more. Good through November 30, 2017. No added discount.


Polka Passing

Vilko Ovsenik, brother of Slavko Avsenik passed away in Slovenia at age 88


Slovenian Sausage Festival

The party starts when the sausages come out at the 14th Annual Slovenian Sausage Fest, hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum, Wednesday, September 13, 2017, at SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio.


New Polka CD now in stock: Call (216) 261-FAME Toll Free 1-866-66POLKA

Walter Ostanek & Friends - Plays Kenny Bass And His Polka Poppers

Dave Wretschko - The Best Of

Patty C and The Guys - Toe Tappin' Tunes

Fred Ziwich - 40 Anniversary Recording

Fred Ziwich - Best Of and Most Requested Recordings

Mike Schneider - Happy Polka Days


In Memoriam

Pat Hutch 1931 - 2017 (Trustees Honor Roll 2010)


A great musician has passed

Banjo player Roger DiBenedict passed away. Roger played with Eddie Habat, Al Tercek, Frank Yankovic, Kenny Bass, Art Perko and many other polka bands. Trustees Honor Roll 1996.


Polka Passing

Betty Spetich, the wife of the late Polka Hall of Famer Frankie Spetich passed away at age 84 at her home in Barberton, OH, on January 21, 2017


New Polka CD now in stock: Call (216) 261-FAME Toll Free 1-866-66POLKA

Patty C and The Guys - Toe Tappin' Tunes


Chriss Hibbs joins board

Welcome Christine Mihelich Hibbs to the Board of Trustees. She fills the term of retiring trustee Duffy O'Neil. Chris has performed with the Don Wojtila Orchestra for 20 years. She just won her eight award as Vocalist of the Year.


In Memoriam

Angela Zabjek 1921 - 2017 Vocalist and Volunteer. Trustees Honor Roll 2011


O'Neill retires as Trustee

After more than 20 years of volunteering for the Hall of Fame Duffy O'Neil is retiring from the Board.


In Memoriam

Ron Luznar - Accordionist and Bandleader. 1945 - 2016. Trustees Honor Roll 2009.

Mary Vadnal wife of the late Frank Vadnal passed away in Cleveland on October 20 at age 92.


Great Holiday Gift Ideas

CDs just in from Slovenia. Polka CDs. Polka DVDs. T-Shirts. New Book by Cilka Dolgan: Cleveland-Style Greatest Polkas and Waltzes.  


New Haller Polka Cds

John Hasper of has donated new CDs celebrating the 100th recording by Polka Hall of Famer Hank Haller and his Ensemble. Through The Years Volume 2. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Polka Hall of Fame.


Seeking Volunteers

Do you enjoy working at music events? Are you good at writing? Dou you have office or computer skills? Be a Polka Hall of Fame volunteer. Tell us how you'd like to help. Send us a note to


Lausche Grant

Madeline and Jim Debevec, Trustees of the Lausche Foundation, presented a check for a generous grant to the Polka Hall of Fame.  


Stories of Your Favorite Songs

Cleveland-Style Greatest Polkas and Waltzes A New Book by Cilka Dolgan. Which classical work inspired “Slap Happy Polka?” Which big-band swing orchestra recorded “Over Three Hills?” Who is the Emily of “Emily’s Waltz?” A new book by Cecilia “Cilka” Dolgan tells the stories of fifty of the most beloved Cleveland-Style polkas and waltzes. Cilka, President Emeritus of the Polka Hall of Fame and a well-known

musician in her own right, reveals how fifty favorite melodies became so popular. Each song is a Greatest All-Time Hit, as voted by members of the Hall of Fame over the years. Cilka shares the fascinating histories

about the Slovenian roots, famous names and inspirations behind the songs that make the Cleveland-Style so danceable. Now on sale at the Polka Hall of Fame Gift Shop for $6.95.


In Memoriam

Button accordionist Bud Hyrczyk passed away at age 67. He was a frequent Polka Hall of Fame nominee.


Fund-Raiser CD

Ron Sluga marks his 80th birthday with this special collection of 26 classic Cleveland-Style polkas and waltzes. With this 80th Birthday CD, you'll thrill to his best recordings along with Walter Ostanek, Frank Stanger, Joey Miskulin, Jeff Pecon, Bob Kravos, Dick Sodja, Gaylord Klancnik, Joey Tomsick, Art Perko, Don Wojtila, Eddie Rodick & Fred Ziwich. More than one hour music.


Eddie Vallus & Sam Pugliano Remembered on Ostanek CD

The late bandleaders Eddie Vallus and Sam Pugliano join polka forces with Walter Ostanek on a special reissue of a 1993 recording, Happiness Is Polkas And Waltzes. The CD features nine songs with Sam And Walter and nine selections by Eddie Vallus Band II. Joey Miskulin adds his accordion expertise to several numbers. John Hasper of remastered these vintage recordings in tribute to these fine Polka Hall of Fame achievers. Proceeds from each CD benefit the Hall of Fame. Order your copy through the Polka Hall of Fame Gift Shop.


Play to win! Support the Polka Hall of Fame and you could be a winner! Enter the raffle and get a chance at weekly price of $200.m Order raffle tickets at the Polka Hall of Fame or call (216) 261-3263. You can't win if you don't play!