Saturday, May 17, 2008

The (Polka) Time is Nye

Last evening, at approximately 11:20 pm LOLT (Land O' Lake Time), a bronze life-sized statue of Mary Tyler Moore could have toppled and brought the Baroness to her untimely death; she would have died a happy camper.

Why, you ask? Because she and her entourage would have just exited the fine establishment at 112 E. Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis known as Nye's Polonaise.

The Baroness had heard about this 8th Wonder of the World on her first visit to Minny a couple of years ago. But bad timing prevailed, and she never got there. The factum that burrowed into her brain was that this place not only was a hall of fine dining, but attached to it was a bar that had a cover band.

But not any cover band. No, no, no. The Baroness never falls for the pedestrian and mundane.

This cover band? Well, if I were to tell you that their moniker is "The World's Most Dangerous Polka Band" - would that fill in the blanks?

And they do not just play Polka music - they have a wide, vast repetoire. With Joe Hayden on vocals and trumpet, and Ruth Adams wailing on the accordian, plus a rotating roster of drummers - this ensemble is on fire (please note, however, they do not spit fire nor have any pyrotechnics - that would be so very gauche).

They took requests. They took limited breaks. They were so beyond my wildest dreams, I woke up with a smile still plastered onto my face.

I had the time of my life. As did my friend's 92 year old mother-in-law, who we brought along for muscle (in case the crowd got out of hand).

Huge thanks to Austin and Mark for making a Baroness' dream come true.

Oom Pah!!


Becky said...

That is a riot! You brought the 92 yr old for protection! LOL

:) I could travel with you and I know I would see things in a whole new way!

The Maid

Writeprocrastinator said...

Well, everyone can say what they want about polka, but everyone knows that it goes well with German and Polish food.

Mental P Mama said...

Oh that is funny! Now I have trip-envy.

SJ said...

Countess Becky: My dear, I could show you hidden treasures across the country, and in a couple of others as well! I have some sort of strange kitsch-radar. Maybe I'm a superhero and I just don't know it yet.

Count WP: Rest assured, dear sir, that if I wasn't on a hyper-restrictive medical diet right now, I'd be chugging brew and eating my purse-weight in sausages and onions. Such a pity, this diabetes thing. It's really putting a cramp on my food chi.

Countess MPM: Don't be envious, darling - it gives you those fine little lines. I assure you, if you look hard enough, there is kitsch galore in your own back yard. Well, not the ducks. But talk to them - they might know somewhere where the feathers really fly...

maggie, dammit said...

Dude, you are seriously only, like, 300 miles from me right now.

Road trip?

BaronessvonBloggenschtern said...

Countess Maggie: Dammit!! If I'd only had another day, I would say hell to the ya - I had wheels and everything!!. But unfortunately for all involved, all my bags are packed and I'm ready to go. Like Monday a.m. Wah. Another missed opportunity. I know! Come to Canada instead - its only around, what, a gajillion miles away?

Not Afraid to Use It said...

You know my feeling about the polka. It is in our blood! I am so glad you got to have this great adventure! But where are the pictures?!?!

Since my inspector crapped out, I think I will blog about this instead.

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Countess NATUI: Check out the band's linky for an awesome photo gallery. I did manage to finagle a picture with the accordianist, the great Ruth Adams, but it's on someone else's camera. It's really quite a funny series - once I get them, I'll post them for sure!

Momma said...

I didn't disappear on you, B von B - you did! Actually, your blog did. It disappeared from my BlogLines account and my BlogRolling link was broken. Not sure what happened, but I'm back, thanks to a link from NATUI's post today.

It's good to be reading you again.

Peace - D

Baroness von Bloggenschtern said...

Countess D: Whew! I am so relieved - I thought I may have said something offensive (hard to believe, but it does happen more often than one might think). I was ready to send NATUI on another Starbucks run to do some investigating for me.

I'm so glad you're back, too! Yay!
Belated happy birthday, by the by - hope it was a day filled withthe 3 L's: love, laughter, and lotsa cake!

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