Polish Heritage Society of Rochester: Wigilia 2012 Photo Album
Wigilia is a wonderful family event!
Polish Happy Hour
Congratulations to the 2014 Polish Heritage Society of Rochester scholarship recipients: Sydney Aversa, Canandaigua Academy; Natalia Bradley, Rush-Henrietta Senior High School (far right); Joseph Cermak, Notre Dame Cathedral Latin School; Patrick Jaworski, Webster Schroeder High School (second from left; Szymon Łabecki, Webster Schroeder High School (far left); Sean Majchrzak, Churchville-Chili High School; Emilia Rzepa, Webster Schroeder High School; Alessandra Suchodolski, Webster Thomas High School; Marta Szumski, Ruben A. Cirillo High (second from right); Aaron Verosky, Greece Athena High School (center).
Highlights of the 16th Annual Wigilia presented by the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester:
Krystyna Gutt gave a wonderful presentation on regional Polish Christmas foods. It was very informative and entertaining.
The Psalmtones sang beautifully -- very tight harmony. I loved it!
Dariusz Terefeńko (piano) and Anna Weldy (violin) provided the musical accompaniment for the kolędy sing-along. Take it from me, they can really play. Emcee Ralph Józefowicz was the leader. (Great voice!)
Ann and Dave Scherff decided to attend Wigilia to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary -- fifty years to the day! The Scerffs are not Polish, but saw our Wigilia posted in the ladies room of a German restaurant in Canandaigua and thought it would be a good way to celebrate. Everybody loved them and we sang "Sto lat" in their honor. They plan to attend next year too and we hope they do. Of course they will check www.PoloniaMusic.com in lieu of visiting area ladies room in search of the date.
Wigilia Dinner 2016
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester
Under the Ancient Polish Flag
An exhibit of images and artifacts celebrating Rochester Polonia's
support for the Restoration of Poland's Independence in 1918
Under the Ancient Polish Flag,” an exhibit of images and artifacts, is celebrating the contributions that Rochester’s Polish community made to the restoration of a free, independent Poland at the close of World War I.
Sponsored by the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester, the exhibit features fifty images and artifacts documenting the dedication and sacrifice with which local Polish Americans supported the effort to liberate Poland from foreign rule. Vintage photographs and memorabilia from the Polish Community Archives will highlight the service of young men from Rochester in the Polish “Blue Army,” the humanitarian work of local Grey Samaritan nurses who assisted refugees in war-torn Poland, and home front fundraising that yielded impressive amounts for Polish relief.
On display in the Patricia O’Keefe Ross Gallery in the Skalny Welcome Center at St. John Fisher College, “Under the Ancient Polish Flag” opened on Friday, October 5, with a reception at 6 PM, followed by a presentation at 7 PM by Dr. James Pula, Professor of History at Purdue University and a leading scholar of Polish American studies. The exhibit will be on view through November 9 during the gallery’s regular hours (Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM).
When the First World War broke out in 1914, Poland did not exist as a nation. It was wiped from the map of Europe at the close of theeighteenth century, divided into partitions controlled by Prussia, Russia,and Austria-Hungary. For Poles, the war presented an opportunity to liberate their homeland from foreign domination. In that effort, Polish immigrants and their descendants in the United States – including the members of Rochester Polonia – played a pivotal role of support. The exhibit illustrates that connection as Poland commemorates the centennial of its restoration as an independent republic, which will be marked this year
on Polish Independence Day (November 11, 2018).
The exhibit will be on view through November 9, 2018 during the gallery’s regular hours