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Saratoga Springs polka dance packs a punch

Big crowd turns out for benefit

Jerry Jackson, right, and Annie Paracka, left, both of Little Falls, dance to the music of Polka Country Musicians during the annual Polka Benefit at Saratoga Springs Knights of Columbus Hall on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Jerry Jackson, right, and Annie Paracka, left, both of Little Falls, dance to the music of Polka Country Musicians during the annual Polka Benefit at Saratoga Springs Knights of Columbus Hall on Sunday, March 24, 2013.
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The Knights of Columbus parking lot was jammed with cars Sunday afternoon. Inside, the dance floor was packed with happy dancing couples, whirling to upbeat polka tunes. “We love polka,” said 71-year-old Annie Paracka, accompanied by Jerry Jackson of Little Falls. She had to shout over the lively accordion music. “We’ve been coming here for 10 years.” Sunday was the annual Polka Benefit for Saratoga Bridges and it’s a pretty big deal. “I was sitting ...

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