Polkamotion by the Ocean is the nation's only four-day polka festival conducted
in a wonderful ocean-front resort town. It all began in 1980 when the
festival was first conducted in Ocean City, MD's Convention Center. After
many years of success, the festival moved a little further north to the
Convention Center in the charming town of Rehoboth Beach, DE in 2004.
This venue, which is located at 229 Rehoboth Ave., provides the
perfect acoustics and accommodations for today's Polkamotion audience. Plus,
there are plenty of lodging options, gourmet restaurants, and tax-free
shops all located within walking distance of the Convention Center. The
gorgeous beach and fun boardwalk are only three short blocks from the hall! The
convenience and amenities of Rehoboth Beach truly provide the complete
Another Great Turnout for Polkamotion 2014!
Polkamotion by the Ocean celebreated its 35th anniversary and 11th year at Rehoboth Beach, DE as polka fans from across the country descended upon the ocean resort town for the annual five-day polka festival from September 10 – 14, 2014. As usual, the festivities began with the annual Polkamotion Open golf tournament where participants enjoyed spectacular weather on Wednesday. That night the “Meet and Greet Party,” which started as a small gathering of early birds and golfers, exploded into a full-blown polka dance as over 200 people showed up at the convention center to hear live polka music by Crab Town Sound and enjoy the fellowship and discounted beverages. On Thursday, beachgoers were blessed with more perfect weather as they soaked up some sun and enjoyed the ocean waves. That evening the festival kicked into high gear as one of the largest Thursday night crowds since 2003 poured into the hall to catch Polka Family and The Knewz rock the stage. Many attendees followed the evening’s “Military Mania” theme and wore attire that showed their support for our armed forces. Debbie Jones’ Penn/Ohio bus trip group brought lots of energy to the fest throughout their stay. After another beautiful day enjoying all the amenities of Rehoboth Beach on Friday, throngs of polka fans returned to the convention center for nine hours of continuous polka music by the Eddie Forman Orchestra, The Beat, The Boys, and Polka Country Musicians. The fun “Fabulous Fifties” theme produced a number of guys dressed as “greasers” and gorgeous girls sporting poodle skirts. Though some showers moved through on Saturday, they didn’t dampen the spirits of polka enthusiasts who were entertained by nine more hours of excellent polka music provided by The NuTones, Old School, Dennis Polisky and The Maestro’s Men, and The Knewz back in the hall. Sunday morning’s Polka Mass was celebrated with a packed house of worshippers and a nice crowd remained for the Polish-American brunch and polka/variety music by The Variety Tones that afternoon. The gang from Baltimore on Gloria Weber’s bus trip brought the party with them! By the time the last polka was danced, over 2,000 people had attended the festival and consumed over 2,300 pierogies, 230 pounds of kielbasa, 15 gallons of barszcz (red beet soup), 11 trays of gołąbki, and 19 kegs of beer! By the way, vodka was the most popular festival spirit and the favorite cocktail was a vodka & cranberry juice. Polkamotion hosts Mike Matousek and Mike Ziemski extend their warmest thanks to all the polka fans from near and far that made Polkamotion 2014 another resounding success. Special thanks go out to Executive Chef Gil Ziemski and his wife Marge; kitchen workers Danny Roy, Thom and Adam Maszczenski, Dave DesLauriers, Malte Nikcevich, Lynda Mettee, and Amanda DiSebastiano; bartenders Shawn Clark, Andrew Gardner, Landon Fahrig, Matt & Ed Mularz, Mike Charney, and Paul Ziemski, admissions workers Ernie & Natalie Boyd, Jay & Janice Lochner, Ann Marie & Amy Matousek, John & Barb Ward, John & Carol Miconi, Cindy Koretsky, Deb Kaszmarczak, Henry & Tootsie Dziadel, and Donna Inglot; festival support workers Stan Raiczyk and Joanie Ziemski; and photographer John Wolf Jr. for all their volunteer efforts. Mark your calendars for September 16 – 20, 2015 as Polkamotion by the Ocean returns to Rehoboth Beach, DE for its 36th anniversary! Please forward your theme night suggestions for next year or any other festival comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.