Polka band rolls out the fun on Sherman Green
John Stanky and the Coal Miners rolled out the barrel -- and lively polka music -- at the Sherman Green gazebo Sunday evening, a performance sponsored as part of the town Parks and Recreation Department's summer concert series.
Dozens gathered for the performance, sitting together in sports chairs, having a spot of dinner and even dancing along to music performed by the quartet, under Stanky's direction.
Stanky, known as the "Gentleman of Polka," began his musical career in 1945 and formed his first band in 1950. It evolved into the Coal Miners in 1962, reflecting the fact that some of the band members worked in the Pennsylvania coal mines. The group has played across the world and Stanky has composed more than 40 songs, including his most popular, "Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie Polka."
The gazebo summer concert series, which continues through Aug. 29 offers free performances every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening, at 7 p.m. (Aug. 15 and 29, the shows start at 6:30). For a schedule, visit www.fairfieldrecreation.com. To check for weather cancellations, call 203-256-3144.