Kto to jest? That's Amy Smardz-Ptak celebrating Wianki/St. John's Eve at the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle. Thank you to everyone who supports efforts to preserve our Polish heritage and Buffalo's East Side.
Adam Bernard Mickiewicz (December 24, 1798 – November 26, 1855) was a Polish (Polish-Lithuanian) poet, publisher and political writer of the Romantic period. One of the primary representatives of the Polish Romanticism era, a national poet of Poland, he is seen as one of Poland's Three Bards and the greatest poet in all of Polish literature. He is also considered one of the greatest Slavic language or European poets. He has been described as a Slavonic bard. He was a prominent creator of Romantic drama in Poland and has been compared both at home and in Western Europe to Byron and Goethe. - From Wiki
Tour de East Side --->
This is video of a nostalgic bike ride I took past seven Polish Roman Catholic churches on Buffalo’s East Side (includes parts of Cheektowaga/Sloan). Just so you know, I time-lapsed the video to speed up the ride for the viewer. These are all churches I knew very well when I lived in Buffalo. There are many others, but it was just too hot for me to visit (drive by) the others.
St. Casimir (1459 - March 4, 1484) was a Prince of Poland and Lithuania known as an international peacemaker and crusader against poverty. Against his father’s will, he halted aggression against Hungary. He also modernized Poland’s infrastructure, updated the legal system and nurtured friendly relations with neighboring countries.
The Parish of St. Casimir in Buffalo was established in 1890. Recently it was named an Oratory by Bishop Kmiec and is undergoing a renewal under the leadership of Fr. Czeslaw Krysa.
The church, named a Buffalo Landmark in 1977, is located at the corner of Cable, Casimir and Weiss Sts. in the Kaisertown (Kazimierzowo) neighborhood of Buffalo.
Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Honor of
General Casimir Pułaski
March 2, 2012
Everyone was grateful for the nice weather!
General Pulaski Wreathlaying Presentors:
• Stanley Pulaski Sr. (descendant) and family
• Chair of the Wreath-Laying Committee: Jerry Inda
• President of the General Pulaski Association: Brian Rusk
• Members of the Polish-American Veteran's Association
• Cheektowaga Town Supervisor: Mary Holtz
• Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 26th district: Kathy Hochul
• Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York's 27th district: Brian Higgins
• Erie County Sheriff: Timothy B. Howard
• Erie County Clerk: Christopher Jacobs
• U.S Bankruptcy Court Judge: Carl Bucki
• Erie County Judge: Michael Pietruszka
• New York State Senator: Tim Kennedy
• New York State Senator: George Maziarz
Sister Mary Felicia Golembiewski-Dove at St. Casimir Oratory EasterFest
The custom of drowning Marzanna (also known as Marzaniok, Morenam, Mór, Śmiertka, Śmiercicha), the symbol of winter, was most popular among youngsters in certain regions of Poland. Children would make a straw effigy dressed and throw it into a nearby river and rejoice in winter's departure and the advent of warmer weather. "Marzanna" was the name of the ancient pagan goddess of Death.
"Już wiosenne słonko wzbija się po niebie,
W tej wezbranej rzece utopimy ciebie."
"As the spring sun rises in the sky of blue,
In this swollen river we are drowning you!”
Buffalo's Electric Building was aglow in the national colors of Poland, white over red, to celebrate Dyngus Day 2012.
"Na Święty Jan woda kwitnie." - "On St. John's Eve, the water blooms." Learn more about St. John's Eve HERE.
Katy Carr, British singer/songwriter inspired by Polish World War II stories, will be appearing at three benefit events for The Wall Speaks Project. Katy has just released a new album "Paszport" to rave reviews by the British and Polish press. We are delighted and thankful, that she is supporting The Wall Speaks Project. CLICK HERE to view concert photos.
Katy Carr, a London-based singer and songwriter, performed at Canisius College in Buffalo, New York this afternoon. Many of her songs recall the terror the people of Poland faced during WWll. Her performance was greatly enjoyed by all who attended. Thank you for making the trip to Buffalo, Katy!
Andy Gołębiowski's Photos of His Recent Trip to Poland
LEFT: Ciocia Józia, full of stories, and eager to tell them. What a treasure, what a woman, at 90 years old. Deep faith, great sense of humor, and warm, warm, warm.
What a day it was!
The Bishop Colton High School Glee Club
Sister Mary Lorentine C.S.S.F., Director
Fr. Tadeusz Bocianowski
Fr. Tadeusz Bocianowski, an active co-organizer of the oldest Pulaski Parade in the United States in Cheektowaga, and the host of weekends for children from the Polish "Communication without Barriers" Foundation, was recently awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. Fr. Bocianowski supports the activities of all Polish organizations in Buffalo, and co-organizes concerts by Polish artists.
Michael Mroziak, the creator of Curious Boulevard, the rough-sketch comedy sketch act, salutes his Polish roots by celebrating a longtime Christmas tradition (Wigilia, pronounced "veh-GEE-lee-ah") and responds to a wisecracker along the way.
Michael Mroziak is a reporter at NPR's WBFO - 88.7. Michael lives in Williamsville, New York.
POLISH AMERICAN CONGRESS WNY
KULIG WINTER FESTIVAL
The Polish American Congress, Western New York Division (PACWNY) held the area's first Polish Winter Festival otherwise known as a "Kulig" (pronounced "koo-league") on Sunday, February 8th at the Casino Meeting Room located at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, New York.
A Kulig (sleigh ride in Polish) is an old Polish winter tradition dating back to the days of the Polish nobility (Szlachta - pronounced "shh-lock-ta").The Kulig was a sleigh ride party organized by the Polish aristocracy. A cavalcade of horse-drawn sleighs and sledges went from one manor house to another, entertained everywhere with hearty meals followed by dances.
The PACWNY Kulig featured sleigh rides, sledding, tobogganing, a live Góralska Kapela (Polish Folk Singers) playing live folk music in traditional costume, Polish food and beverage, along with a roaring fireplace to keep warm and have conversation. Face painting and crafts was available for children.
Event organizer, PACWNY Director, Jim Lawicki said, "We want to give individuals and families a chance to experience a Kulig. the Kulig will feature activities, sights, and sounds that will be like visiting the Polish mountain town, Zakopane, during the winter. It should be lot of fun for all ages."
Cheektowaga is a suburb of Buffalo, New York. According to the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 94,019. The name comes from the Iroquoian word Ji-ik-do-wa-gah, meaning the place of the crab apple tree. Cheektowaga has a large Polish-American community, and about 39.9% of the population is of Polish heritage. [German (29.9%), Italian (16.0%), Irish (14.1%), English (5.8%), French (2.7%)]
BRIEF HISTORY AND MISSION of the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College
In 1959, a committee of leading citizens of Western New York, in cooperation with Canisius College, established the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College to preserve and further Polish culture and heritage in Western New York. Funds for the initial endowment were donated by Polish American parishes in response to sermons given by Jesuits from Canisius College and also from direct appeals to members of the Polish-American community. The Board of Directors of the Polish Chair continues to raise funds to sustain the Polish Chair, to advise the President of the College on how best to spend the income from the endowment, and to advise and assist the College in sponsoring programs and projects that will preserve and further Polish culture and heritage. Over the years, various programs have been provided under the auspices of the Chair including a two-part video (DVD) program on churches of interest to the Polish community in Western New York, publication of a book, The Polonian Legacy of Western New York, sponsorship of numerous musical programs featuring artists such as the Moniuszko String Quartet, Boguslaw Szynalski of the State Opera of Poznan, Maria Knapic, Valerian Ruminski, Adrienne Tworek Gryta, Igor Lipinski, Mary Beth Wrobel, speakers such as Nobel-laureate Czeslaw Milosz, Polish senator, Andrzej Stelmachowski, and Pope John Paul II's biographer, George Weigel, theatrical productions such as Life in a Jar, a play about Irena Sendler who saved 2500 Jewish children during WWII, scholarship assistance for those interested in studying in Poland, and a multitude of other programs of interest to the Polish-American community and the community at large. MORE
CLICK HEREto view photos and videos of the Polish American Festival of WNY and Pulaski Parade in Cheektowaga, New York
President John F. Kennedy addresses City of Buffalo on Pułaski Day, October 14, 1962
October 14, 1962 was one of the most exciting and memorable days in the history of Buffalo's Polonia. It was the day when President John F. Kennedy would be the most prominent visitor in the city's annual Pulaski Day Parade. Already one of the marquee events of the year for Buffalo's Polish-America community, Kennedy's appearance at the parade would draw over 200,000 along the parade route and conclude with a poignant speech targeted at communist oppression of Poland and other nations across the world. Kennedy's journey took him down Broadway, to Niagara Square were an additional 100,000 spectators waited his arrival. The President stopped the car numerous times to shake hands and wave to the throngs along the parade route. The St. Stanislaus Boys Choir (upper right-hand corner of photo) participated in welcoming our President. VIDEO
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The Buffalo Bisons baseball team has announced that Father Dan Palys has been chosen to be this year's "Polish American of the Year". Father Dan will receive this honor at the Bisons' "POLISH FESTIVAL NIGHT" at Coca Cola Field in Downtown Buffalo on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. There will be a tent party with a polka band, Polish food and Polish dancers at 5:00 p.m., followed by a game against Indianapolis at 7:00 p.m.
Am-Pol Eagle 2016 Citizens of the Year Awards
Business – Ru's Pierogi; Community Leader (non-Pole) – Stratton Rawson; Culture – Marion Pockalny; Education – Przemyslaw (P.J.) Moskal, Ph.D.; Heritage – Barbara Ruppert; Individual in Organizations – Christine Kibler; Media – Paula Witherell; Military/Veterans – Ted Kniazuk; Music – Kathleen Pawlak; Religion – Sister Christine Songin; Youth – Elizabeth Kubiniec; and Special Recognition – Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
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- Thursday, December 7, 2017 Advent/Christmas Concert: featuring Brittany Mruczek- Blessed Sacrament Chruch, 263 Clermont, Tonawanda-7:30 p.m. following the 6:30 Mass celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception.
- Saturday, December 16 A Goralskie Christmas: Polish Christmas Carol/Kolędy Night featuring Ted Zdybał i Hyr - Polish Highlander Quintet from Toronto and Special Delivery - 7-11 PM- Potts Banquet Hall, 41 Rossler Street, Cheektowaga. Admission $10. Call Ted Szymański, 716-668-9101 or Potts, 716-826-6575.
- Polish Cadets Annual Christmas Party: 927 Grant Buffalo - Free to Members - $10 For Non-Members - Christmas Dinner - Music by DJred White - 6pm-11pm - Please RVSP by December 13th
- Sunday, December 17 at 1 PM - 5 PM, Annual Jasełka: Come and enjoy a Polish dinner and a performance by the student of Polish Saturday School. Join us for 12:00pm mass at St. Stanislaus Church then head over to St. Stanislaus Social Center at 1:00 p.m. Adult ticket prices are $15. Children ages 5 - 12 are $10. Children under 5 and Polish school students are free. Tickets sold at the door.Dinner, dessert, and coffee are included in ticket price. Raffle tickets available for purchase for the basket raffle. Kid Friendly.
- The Polish Heritage Dancers of Western New York will present a treasury of nostalgia capturing echoes of the traditions carried out by generations of Polish families. "Polish Christmas in the Village" will be held at the Lancaster Opera House on Saturday, December 30 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. This unique perfomance will feature Polish folk dancing and song and music celebrating the wonder of the season. This program is adapted from the book "A Polish Christmas Eve", written by Rev. Czesław Krysa. Tickets are $15 for adults; $13 for seniors; $10 for students and are available at the box office or online at www.lancopera.org. For details call (716) 983-5084.
- Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 12 PM - 5 PM: Polish Winter Festival 2018 at MacKinnon Lodge in Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park NY. Featuring traditional Polish folk music by Ludowa Nuta, tunes by DJ Red, Polish food and beverages, outdoor winter activities.
The following was posted on Facebook by Sophie Hodorowicz Knab:
For those in the Buffalo area I'm enclosing the entire list of activities being held as part of the Polish Cultural Festival 2017 being hosted by the Permanent Chair of Polish Culture at Canisius College in conjunction with numerous other Polish American organizations. It includes lectures, art, music, dance, films and book talks.
Please Note: Canisius College Regis Rooms are located at the Student Center on Hughes Avenue at the Canisius College Campus, 2001 Main Street, Buffalo 14208. Street and campus parking are available. Contact: email@example.com
Polish Film Festival Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Daemen College is located at 4380 Main Street, Amherst 14226. Parking for the Research & Information Commons is located between Duns Scotus (RIC is attached to Duns Scotus) and Wick Center. The room is located on the first floor of the library (Research & Information Commons, or RIC). Contact email@example.com
Polish Arts Club contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Other contact information is listed below
Unless otherwise noted, events are free
Monday, September 11- 7:00 p.m.— Canisius College Regis Rooms – Women in the Holocaust – a lecture by Dr. Karolina Krasuska of the University of Warsaw who holds a PhD in cultural studies from Europa-University Viadrina in Frankfurt. Since 2009 she has been an assistant professor at the American Studies Center, University of Warsaw and is a member of the research group on Literature and Gender at the Polish Academy of the Sciences.
Sunday, September 17 – 3:00 p.m. – Daemen College Wick Center Social Room, 4380 Main Street, Amherst - Jedliniok Folk Dance Group of Wroclaw – a performance of the Polish academic song and dance ensemble. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for Students. Tickets available at the Am-Pol Eagle Offices, 3620 Harlem Rd, Call 983-5084 or 681-0813
Tuesday, September 19 – 6:00 p.m. Daemen College Research & Information Commons, Room 120 (Palisano Room) – Raise the Roof – a screening of the documentary about the reconstruction of the roof and bimah of the 18th Century wooden Synagogue in Gwoździec (formerly in Poland) by artists Rick and Laura Brown which is now the centerpiece of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews. The documentary is by Yari & Cary Wolinsky and is presented courtesy of the National Center for Jewish Film. Copyright Trillium Studios. http://www.polishsynagogue.com/movietrailer/
Sunday, September 24 - 2:00 pm, Buffalo State (SUNY), Butler Library, Room 210. 1300 Elmwood Avenue. Buffalo, NY 14222. Presentation by artist Viktoria Ciostek. Followed at 3:30 pm with tour led by Mary Jane Masiulionis of exhibition "Community: Immigrant and Refugee Artists in Western New York," Burchfield Penney Art Center.
Thursday, September 28 – 7:00 p.m. Regis Rooms Canisius College, 2001 Main Street (Student Center on Hughes Avenue) – Dr. Graham Hodges of Colgate University on Kosciuszko in celebration of the UNESCO “Year of Kosciuszko” – A lecture by Dr. Graham Russell Gao Hodges, the George Dorland Langdon Jr. Professor of History and Africana & Latin American Studies at Colgate University and in 2006-2007 a Distinguished Fulbright Professor of History at Beijing University. A prolific author on a variety of topics, Dr. Hodges will present on Thaddeus Kosciuszko and his African-American aide, Agrippa Hall based on his book, Sons of Liberty.
Sunday, October 1 – 10:00 a.m. – Assumption Church, 435 Amherst Street – International Festival Mass, Pancake Breakfast, Radosc Song and Dance Ensemble Performance and Workshop beginning at 12:30 p.m. - Radosc performance will follow the Mass and be held in the Church Hall, Workshop for Polish song and dance will be held in the Gymnasium at Our Lady of Black Rock School on the Assumption Campus. Free events.
September 14-October 27. Exhibition of Artworks by Polish artist Wiesław Skibiński at Karamanoukian Gallery. Haberman Gacioch Arts Center. Daemen. Opening reception on Thursday, September 14, 5:00-7:00 pm - Wieslaw Skibinski of Limanova, Poland studied the fine arts at the Pedagogical University in Krakow and at the Faculty of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. He has been pursuing graphic techniques, drawing, photography, design and occasionally animated film and has received grants from the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage and the John Paul II Foundation in Rome. His work can be found in national and private collections the world over.
Tuesday, October 3 – 6:00 p.m. Daemen College – POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews, located in Warsaw, Poland –– a lecture by Dr. Karolina Krasuska on the museum which opened in 2014 at the site of the former Warsaw Ghetto.
Tuesday, October 10 – 6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception, 7:00 p.m. Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society – Dr. James Pula on Thaddeus Kosciuszko – Dr. James Pula of Purdue University is recipient of numerous awards including the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland and author of many books including Thaddeus Kosciuszko: The Purest Son of Liberty
Saturday, October 14 – 4:00 p.m. Mass – Holy Mother of the Rosary Cathedral, 6298 Broadway, Lancaster – Polish Heritage Dancers of WNY 20th Anniversary Mass and Gala at Kloc’s, 1245 Seneca Creek Road, West Seneca at 6:00 p.m. -Cash Bar, 6:30 Family Style Dinner,7:30 Program, 8-11 Music by Special Delivery, $40 per person by 9/1, $45 after 9/1, deadline 10/5 Call 716-983-5084
Sunday, October 15 – 3:00 p.m. – St. Stanislaus Church, 123 Townsend Street, Buffalo 14212 – Chopin Singing Society 118th Annual Concert – with the Amherst Chamber Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Thomas Witakowski, honoring Eileen Koteras Elibol – Tickets $10, $12 at the door – Contact 633-1755 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 18 – 7:00 p.m. Canisius College Regis North – Wearing the Letter P – Polish Women as Forced Laborers in Nazi Germany, 1939-1945 - a book talk by Sophie Hodorowicz-Knab on her new book documenting the horrors faced by Polish slave laborers in Nazi Germany. Knab presents an exceptionally well-researched and moving account of a topic which is largely ignored in English-language historical scholarship. Books will be available for sale.
Wednesday, November 1 –
8:00 p.m. Kleinhans Music Hall Mary Seaton Room – Konrad Skolarski in Recital featuring piano works by Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Liszt and more. By special arrangement with the Ludwig van Betthoven Association, Krakow, Poland.
Contact the Buffalo Philharmonic at bpo.org or 885-5000
Saturday, November 4 – 3:00 p.m. – St. Stanislaus Cemetery Mausoleum, 700 Pine Ridge Road – All Souls Day Commemoration Contact: email@example.com or 716-510-7562.
Saturday, November 4 – 8:00 p.m. at Kleinhans Music Hall – Chopin’s Piano – featuring one of Poland’s preeminent pianists, Konrad Stolarski with the BPO to perform Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Contact the Buffalo Philharmonic at bpo.org or 885-5000
Wednesday November 15 at 7:00 pm at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Road, Amherst - Danuta Nycz-Nakamura and students on Tadeusz Kosciuszko and His Legacy.
General Admission Polish Arts Club Members Free, Non-members $5
October 12 – 15 -Polish Film Festival in conjunction with Buffalo International Film Festival will feature:
Marie Curie - The Power of Courage -The biography of the legendary, Nobel Prize–winning physicist and chemist. The story covers the most turbulent five years in the life of this genius, between 1905- 1911.
Sztuka Kochania - Historia Michaliny Wislocka, the most famous and recognized sexologist of communist Poland, fights for the right to publish her book, which will change the sex life of Polish people forever.
Two Worlds - The film tells a story of Laura, who has to grow up too fast due to both her parents being mute. From the day she was born Laura lives in two worlds – in the world of silence of her home and in the world of hearing.
Communion -When adults are ineffectual, children have to grow up quickly. Ola is 14 and she takes care of her dysfunctional father, autistic brother and a mother who lives separately. The film reveals the beauty of the rejected, the strength of the weak and the need for change when change seems impossible.
Also November 12 - STARS with Director Kidawa-Błoński A story of passion, rivalry, love, and friendship. Jan Banaś, acclaimed Silesian football player of the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to makes his dreams come true on and off the field. Further details forthcoming. Films are generally in Polish with English subtitles.
Sunday, December 3 – 3:30 p.m. – St. Stanislaus Church, 123 Townsend Street – Buffalo 14212 – Polish Singers Alliance of America District IX – Annual Koledy – Chopin Singing Society, Kalina Singing Society, Symfonia Choir of Hamilton and guests. Free will offering
"Ave Maria" was performed by Luduwa Nuta at the Corpus Christi Harvest Mass in Buffalo, New York on October 1, 2017. During the Mass, Fr. Michał Czyżewski of Corpus Christi Church took Ludowa Nuta choir director Sławek Dudalski aside and requested the choir sing this hymn a second time. He also told the congregation that he is so fond of this hymn, he could listen to it all day and all night. This video is for you, Father.
Polish Happy Hour - December 2, 2017 at Polish Villa ll