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Ridgeville Musicians Entertain With Drive-Thru Polka Music

Ted Lange and Mollie B, professional polka musicians, entertained people with their “Polka Drive-Thru” Saturday evening, March 21, in the parking lot at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ridgeville Corners. The traffic pattern in the parking lot was set up to maintain six feet of “social distance” between the performers and their audience.– courtesy photos

Ted Lange and Mollie B, professional polka musicians, entertained people with their “Polka Drive-Thru” Saturday evening, March 21, in the parking lot at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Ridgeville Corners. The traffic pattern in the parking lot was set up to maintain six feet of “social distance” between the performers and their audience.– courtesy photos

You can get many things through a drive-thru.

Cash, food, medicine, and– polka music?

Ted Lange and his wife Mollie, who uses the stage name Mollie B, are professional musicians who perform polka music. They’ve been in a major Hollywood movie, on television, and radio.

But in the current Coronavirus crisis, Ted said everything on their schedule has been cancelled through May 15.

Even some of their fall events have been cancelled.

The Ridgeville Corners couple are performers; they enjoy performing.

“It’s what we do,” Ted said.

The duo came up with a unique way to satisfy their desire to perform.

He credited Mollie with the idea of a Polka Music Drive- Thru. People could drive up in their cars, keeping their required six feet of social distancing, request a song, listen to it, and be on their way.

No money changed hands; it was just for fun.

Ted said three hours before the event, on Saturday, March 21, they put out a message on Facebook saying they would be in the St. Peter Lutheran Church parking lot in Ridgeville Corners.

 

 

Ted brought his accordion, while Mollie played trumpet.

“A lot of people came,” he said. “We only did it for about 45 minutes because it was cold.”

He said there has been a lot of doom and gloom resulting from the threat of the virus, but after hearing their requested song in the parking lot, “everybody left with a smile on their face.”

A video of the event was posted at https://youtube/ e2iwDkO2wcs.

Ted said people have loved the video, sharing it with friends all over the country.

“’You made my day and put a smile on my face,’” Ted quoted one of the comments as saying.

“So many positive comments.

“It was a lot of fun.”