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!
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
"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.