My last name may be a very Italian sounding “Mirenzi” so most of you probably don’t know that I’m part Polish. That means I grew up eating just as many pierogis as I did bowls of pasta. What’s a pig in a blanket, you ask? Don’t tell me it’s a mini hot dog in a crescent roll because clearly it is cooked ground beef in cabbage! Needless to say, my attendance at the second annual Polkapocalypse was pretty much mandatory.
Since it was basically monsoon-ing in Austin all weekend, this year’s Polkapocalypse was pretty low key and held inside a local rec center in the Hyde Park area. While there, I got to see not one but two polka bands–Polish Pete & Polka? I Hardly Know Her and Conjunto Los Austin, who can be seen at the White Horse every Sunday. I always feel a bit homesick upon seeing an accordion because my late grandfather played one.
One of the coolest parts about Polkapocalypse was the traveling screen printing station put on by Bibliographia, a new Austin-based company run by husband and wife team Abraham Mong and Delilah Knuckley, who are just delightful. They screen printed t-shirts on the spot. I opted for a mint green one with white ink.
I got to Polkapocalypse in the Chevy Equinox that I’ve been test driving since last week. The car was very reliable and safe in the rain. Heck, I was even happy to be stuck in traffic because it’s just that lovely. I’ll have a more in depth video and post review later this week!
Needless to say, I’m pretty certain that you’ll see me at the third annual Polkapocalypse!