Polka! Roll out the barrel!
Did you catch the documentary Polka! on Wisconsin Public Television recently? If not, or if you just want to watch it again, you’re in luck, because it’s now available to watch online! Host Mollie B. is joined onscreen by the dynamic Down Home Dairyland duo Jim Leary and Rick March, longtime Mills Music Library friends and donors, both of whom illuminate the history of the official state dance of Wisconsin. Mills Music Library has plenty to offer if you wish to enhance your enjoyment of this documentary, such as Rick March and Dick Blau’s book Polka Heartland: Why the Midwest Loves to Polka, or Deep Polka: Dance Music from the Midwest, the 1998 release Rick March compiled, annotated, and produced for Smithsonian Folkways. Want more? Delve into Deeper Polka, pursue Polka Happiness, and explore A Passion for Polka. There are thousands of recordings here, so come on in, check some out, and roll out the barrel!