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Polka band to highlight OKM’s annual Oktoberfest

The Bohemian Knights Band is a continuance of two well-known polka bands — the Jerry Kaplan Band and the Milo & Charlie Belsky Band — of Oklahoma City.
The Bohemian Knights Band is a continuance of two well-known polka bands — the Jerry Kaplan Band and the Milo & Charlie Belsky Band — of Oklahoma City.

OK Mozart International Festival continues to make plans for the third annual Oktoberfest.

The event will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Bartlesville Community Center. Dubbed as Wolfgang’s “Wurst” event, tickets are priced at $50 per person. Tables of eight also are available. Tickets can be purchased online at www.okmozart.com, at the OKM or BCC box offices, or by calling 918-336-9800.

For this event the BCC Community Hall will become a German beer garden complete with live polka music by the Bohemian Knights Band. Admission includes an extensive German dinner plus beer/wine drink tickets. Beverages will reinforce the Oktoberfest theme with a broad assortment of German beers and wines.

The Bohemian Knights Band has been in existence for nine years as a continuance of two well-known polka bands — the Jerry Kaplan Band and the Milo & Charlie Belsky Band — of Oklahoma City. Milo Schedeck continues to lead the band.

The Bohemian Knights play a variety of music including polkas, waltzes, Czech, Italian, Polish, German and Schottishes. For Oktoberfest they’ll feature everyone’s favorite, the Chicken Dance. Earlier this year they played for the Yukon Czech Festival, the Oklahoma Polka Club in Enid, the opening of the Royal Bavaria Restaurant Beer Garten and two Oktoberfests in Norman.

Also featured at OKM’s Oktoberfest will be live and silent auctions with Roger Skelly as auctioneer.

A number of enticing big-ticket items will be offered in the live auction — gifts such as a trip for two to New York including hotel and a personal guided tour by OKM Artistic Director Constantine Kitsopoulos, a dinner for 10 at Haskell’s Loft with Kitsopoulos as chef, a gourmet brunch for eight hosted by Linda Jones and Leslie McCormick, two All-Access passes to the 2014 OK Mozart Festival and a weekend getaway package at Rehoboth Beach in Delaware.

In addition there will be 30-40 fantastic silent auction items offered as well — everything from jewelry and home accessories to entertainment packages.

OKM Board Chairman Charlie Daniels noted that Oktoberfest was launched in 2011 “when we realized that it fit the idea of Mozart and Austria rather well. We thought it could be the start of a tradition in Bartlesville.”

Executive Director Dr. Randy Thompson added, “Our mission has been and still remains that of increasing the quality of life for every citizen through what has now become an entire series of diverse year-round musical events.”

Sponsors include Truity Credit Union, Bartlesville Monthly Magazine, Frank Phillips Club, ConocoPhillips, Phillips66, DSR, Osage Casino, Doenges, Arvest Bank and United Linen.

The next annual OK Mozart Festival takes place June 7-14, 2014 in Bartlesville and is made possible through the support of the Oklahoma Arts Council as well as ConocoPhillips, Phillips66, ABB, Accenture, and other corporate, individual, and foundation patrons throughout the United States. To learn more about patron benefits and sponsorship opportunities, call OKM Development Director Jacky Manning at the Festival office: 918-336-9900.

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