Calling all writers!  Would-be writers, wannna-be writers, writers in the mountains  (no poets, please). . .  The In Heaven There Is No Beer First Annual Essay Contest is underway.

Rule #1:  Your opening sentence must contain all of the words shown in the accompanying picture.  It should be easy, since your terribly timely subject is, “What The Republican Convention Means to Me.”

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Rule #2:  The last word in your entry must be, accordion.

That’s it.   Only two rules.  Good luck.  And the author of the winning entry will be invited to read his or her essay live on the radio!

Well, maybe not.

In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard exclusively on WIOX, community radio 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY.  We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM and the show streams live at  wioxradio.org.  Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone and internet apps such as Tunein Radio.  And locally, on Margaretville Cable Channel 20 where the reception is crystal clear.

Your host,

Joe Markulin

Our Big 7th of July Show

Lest anyone impugn our patriotism, we’ll be doing a salute to Independence Day tonight: marching bands, accordions, fireworks, pic-nics, beer, turkey with all the trimmings. And to summer in general. Better late than never.

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In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard exclusively on WIOX, community radio 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY. We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM and the show streams live at wioxradio.org. Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone and internet apps such as Tunein Radio. And locally, on Margaretville Cable Channel 20 where the reception is crystal clear.

Your host,

Joe Markulin

It ain’t over. . .

’Til the fat Lady sings.

And the skinny lady plays the accordion.

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Our Big Canadian Show, that is, Part II.

With even a big part for this obscure and unassuming Canadian accordionist:

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In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard exclusively on WIOX, community radio 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY. We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM and the show streams live at wioxradio.org. Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone and internet apps such as Tunein Radio. And locally, on Margaretville Cable Channel 20 where the reception is crystal clear.

Your joyful host, Canadian in spirit,

Joe Markulin

What’s a Canadian?

An unarmed North American with health insurance.

And, we might add, an accordion!

Take for example, this Canadian soldier in Italy in WW II. I guess he just found it lying around in the rubble of a bombed out farmhouse. Well, it is Italy..

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Then there’s this fellow, the immortal Mr. Garth Hudson of The Band, looking these days a bit like God the Father.

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Then there’s this fellow, Geoff Berner:

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And finally, Ms Natasha Enquist

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Oh those Canadians! Join us tonight for the first installment of our Big Canadian Show. From Newfoundland’s Fogo Island to Vancouver, British Columbia—and all the uninhabited provinces in between. In French and in English with piano accordions, diato, concertinas, you name it. Accordion Canada on the radio—in the USA!

In Heaven There Is No Beer is heard exclusively on WIOX, community radio 91.3 FM, Roxbury, NY. We come to you every Thursday evening at 8:00 PM and the show streams live at wioxradio.org. Our broadcasts are also available on the iPhone and internet apps such as Tunein Radio. And locally, on Margaretville Cable Channel 20 where the reception is crystal clear.

Your host, who is married to a descendent of our neighbors to the frozen north,

Joe Markulin