Post Eagle Newspaper


Sep 25, 2023

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Super Bowl Weekend With Mark Habat

mark_habat_024forwebMark Habat & Jan Horvath were in San Francisco for a few days the first weekend in February before jumping on a cruise ship to Hawaii. Mark is a Cleveland icon, a frequent winner of the National Cleveland-style Polka Hall of Fame sideman of the year award for his drumming & vocals. Mark and Jan were staying at the home of Joe Bajuk in Daly City. Joe is a composer of Slovenian music and button accordion player extraordinaire.

In photo on right:  Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf with (left) Joe Bajuk, Jesse & Bryan Clay, Mark Habat, (right) Jan Horvath, Donna & Stephanie Clay, Gail Haderle, Mary Saber, and Phyllis Seibert  

On the Saturday prior to SuperBowl, we met up with Joe, Mark, Jan, the Clay Family, Seiberts, and Mary Saber for a day at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. The sun was shining brilliantly, but the breeze blowing off the bay was quite chilly, serving up a familiar odor of seals and sea lions. We dined at Boudin’s, one of the original creators of San Francisco sourdough bread in the 1800s, and now a great restaurant on the Wharf.

On SuperBowl Sunday, we all headed to Sacramento for the Polka Booster dance, where the Gruber Family Band (GBF) performed for a thin, but effusive crowd. The football game was on the TV in the barroom, which drew folks like a magnet. This didn’t deter GBF from doing a stellar job, serving up Austrian, German, Polish, Slovenian, and American music to a very satisfied group. The dance ended with the usual all-hands at the front of the stage swaying to the music, waving hankies, and gyrating in unimaginable forms. A conga line formed parading about the room, and finally settled in front of the stage for a great send-off.