SOUND-A-BOUTS PUT ON POLKA FEST ON PELHAM VILLAGE GREEN

SOUND-A-BOUTS PUT ON POLKA FEST ON PELHAM VILLAGE GREEN
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PELHAM — With hands waving and feet stomping, 2-year-old Colin Roark of Pelham danced happily to polka tunes between the laps he was making around his parents.

More than 200 people came out to see Bob and Irene Jaracz and their traveling polka band, the Sound-a-Bouts.

The concert, held Sept. 10 on the grass of Pelham’s Village Green, was part of this year’s summer series sponsored by the Pelham Police Relief Association.

The Jaraczs, Pelham residents since 1972, have spent the past 35 years traveling up and down the East Coast performing with their band.

“We’ve lived in Pelham a long time but this is only our second time playing the Green,” said Irene Jaracz as she prepared to play the next set.

The band played traditional polka tunes as well as a personalized version of Patsy Kline’s “Crazy,” much to the delight of the crowd.

“This is the largest turnout we’ve had all summer,” said Charlene Takesian, chairwoman of the Sherburne Hall Committee.

Members of the Police Explorers unit were on hand serving refreshments to the crowd of polka-loving fans. According to Takesian, proceeds from the summer series will be used toward Sherburne Hall renovations.

“My wife’s Polish so I had to learn how to polka or get out of the family,” said Jim Corriveau as he danced around the parking lot with his wife. The Corriveaus traveled to Pelham from their home in Methuen to visit with their grandchildren and decided to drop in on the festivities.

Pelham’s own Andy Ducharme will help the town say goodbye to summer with his contemporary tunes in the last concert on Sept. 24, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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