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Don Sidlowski is a native of Chicago where he grew up in an ethnic Polish-Czech family. From his earliest childhood days, he was immersed in polka and waltz music in both styles and learned to sing many of these songs in Czech and Polish as a child. Growing up, opportunities to hear live music were as simple as heading to any Forest Preserve grove on a Sunday afternoon.
Today, Don is a year-round resident in Three Lakes where he and his wife Ginny keep their horse, burro, dogs and cat on their hobby "Oak Leaf Cluster Farm." A government and civic strategist, and past elected official in the Town of Three Lakes, Don continues to advocate for broadband expansion and economic development in Northern Wisconsin. He is also the managing partner of Oneida Marketing Enterprises, a virtual company that provides integrated internet marketing systems to corporate clients with large direct selling forces. He is also an avid vegetable gardener, hiker and biker.
Don's love of polka and waltz music remains unabated with the passing of the years and he's thrilled to join The Polka Show as one of the regular hosts. Na Zdrowie and Na Zdraví!
Drawing from Bohemian, Czech, Polish, Hungarian, and nearly all Central and Eastern European traditions, the Polka Show enjoys a fiercely loyal and happy following of devotees. Affectionately referred to as the Oompa Show, the intoxicating polka beat will have you dancing in the kitchen Saturday mornings!