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Polish in Buffalo - Buffalo Polonia


Polish in Buffalo - Buffalo Polonia
Broadway Public Market: Buffalo's Most Famous Food Address - 999 Broadway

The Batalion Burza at the 2011 Polish Heritage Festival 
St. John's Eve Ritual at the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle 
(612 Fillmore Ave) in Buffalo, New York

The  Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble at Buffalo's Rediscover Amherst Street Festival in Black Rock
Buffalo's North District Common Council Member Joseph Golombek, Jr. made a guest appearance with the Harmony Polish Folk Ensemble at Buffalo's Rediscover Amherst Street Festival in Black Rock
Organ and altar at the the Church of 
the Assumption on Amherst Street
View more dożynki photos:

Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle, Inc. 
Kto to jest? That's Amy Smardz 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. 

Brawo! Dziękuję!
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. 

Pour yourself a cup of coffee and enjoy the ride!
St. Stanislaus Church Main Altar at Easter
St. Casimir Oratory  Buffalo, New York
(716) 824-9589

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 chairman Jerry Inda and General Pulaski Association president Brian D. Rusk presided.
Descendants of Casimir Pułaski were in attendance.
Stanley Pułaski Sr. addressing the gathering
Erie County Judge Judge Michael Pietruszka (left) and U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Carl L. Bucki
Polish-American Veterans Association Leaders
Pułaski statue in downtown Buffalo, N.Y.
Pułaski statue in downtown Buffalo, N.Y.
Pułaski statue in downtown Buffalo, N.Y.
Wreath-Laying Ceremony in Honor of 
General Casimir Pułaski
March 2, 2012

Everyone was grateful for the nice weather!

Polish-made supplies are now available for purchase. CLICK HERE
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

CLICK HERE to view photos of the 
2012 St. Casimir Oratory EasterFest

Drowning Marzanna
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.
Polonia is alive and well in Buffalo, New York!

 Cheektowaga Polish Arts Festival!
Click here to view photos

Inscription: This memorial is dedicated to the members of the Polish Amed Forces

who gallantly participated in active combat on land, high seas 

and in the air. These brave men and women fought for your freedom 

and ours alongside the Allies on the Western Front, as well as in Poland 

as the underground home army and intelligence gathering network.




Bóg, Honor i Ojczyzna
Monument in Buffalo, NY Honoring Poland's Contribution in the Second World War

View Pics of Corpus Christi Dożynki 
ABOVE: Pierogi Contest Judges In Action
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.
Kazik Piechowski, seen here with his wife, managed to escape from Auschwitz with two others by stealing the Camp Commander's car and posing as SS officers. One of Katy's songs is about this daring escape.
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! 
Buffalo Courier Article: "Our Polish Colony"

 Cheektowaga Polish Arts Festival!
Click here to view photos and videos
Do you know the story of Fr. Pitass and the crow? 

Buffalo: Our Polish Colony
Special Treat!:
Andy Gołębiowski's Photos of His Recent Trip to Poland 
(on Facebook)

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.
Congratulations, Fr. Ted!
Amy Smardz  leading a Saint John's Eve celebration at the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle in Buffalo, New York
Kto to jest? -->
Kliknij tutaj.
Cheektowaga Polish Arts Festival!
Click here to view photos
You can only buy the POLSKA guitar strap featured in the above video hereThis standard 2" wide guitar strap is a genuine LEVY'S product and fully is adjustable to 54 inches. 

I also sell the full range of American-made Teton Guitars (like the one in the video).


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."

Kulig 2015 

Event organizer, PACWNY Director, Jim Lawicki (in górale attire) with Stephen Flor, national director of PAC.
Biały Orzeł from Toronto
Dyngus Day 2015 CLICK HERE
Corpus Christi café
Corpus Christi
Gino's G& T Inn on Memorial Drive
R& L Lounge on Mills Street
R&L on Mills Street - (Be sure to order pierogi.)
Dick's East Side Inn near The Market on Lombard Street.
Dick's East Side Inn
Addam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle, Incc, Fillmore Ave. I didn't see anyone reading, but there was plenty of drama!
True Colors rockin' the Library
Arty's on Paderewski Drive is right on the parade route, hence it draws and enormous crowd later in the day.
Stephanie, America's Polka Sweetheart at St. Stan's Social Center
IV Stallions on William St. in Cheektowaga. John Gora draws a big crowd.
Jurek, of True Colors
Broadway-Fillmore in the 1890's
Broadway-Fillmore today
Bishop Colton Wilson St. 2015
  • CLICK HERE to view photos and videos of Dyngus Day 2015
  • CLICK HERE to pray the Rosary in Polish with Saint John Paul ll.
  • CLICK HERE to follow me on my return trip to Poland, July/August, 2015.
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%)]
Get ready for Western New York's 2nd Annual Zupapalooza Polish Soup Festival 
taking place on:

 Sunday, October 25th from 1 pm - 5 pm 
at the
 K of C Father Justin Hall 
2735 Union Rd
Cheektowaga, NY.

Freshly prepared Polish soups, Polish beer/vodka, and Polish music! 


Ampol Eagle "Polka Beat" Calendar
Aug 16: Rare Vintage Polka Mass-Annunciation in Elma. 11:30. Lenny Gomulka 4:30.
Aug. 21: Polka Family at Holy Trinity Parish, 5 p.m. Erie, PA.
Aug. 22: Polka Country Musicians & Mar-Vels at Holy Trinity Parish, Erie, PA.
Aug. 22: Special Delivery at About Face Festival, Veteran’s Stadium, 2960 South Park Ave., Lackawanna, NY. 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Aug. 23: Owl Family Picnic. Multiple bands for multiple charities. George F. Lamm Post Grove, 962 Wehrle Dr., Williamsville. 12:30-7 p.m. $25 donation includes all food, music and beverages.
Aug. 23: Concertina All Stars at Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish, Center Ave. at Oliver St. in North Tonawanda. 2- 5 p.m.
Aug. 23: The Knewz at Holy Trinity Parish, afternoon. Erie, PA.
Aug. 26: Polka Variety Social Club Mtg. at VFW Leonard Post, 2450 Walden Ave.,Cheektowaga. Music by Rhythm Revue with Art Gayler at 7:30. Doors open 6:30. $8 (members) $9 (non-members), incl. coffee, beer, pop & music. 
Aug 26: Special Delivery at Aurora Park Senior Center, 292 Main St., East Aurora, 7 p.m.
Sept. 2: Buffalo Touch at Larkin Square in Buffalo for “East Side Day.” 5 p.m.
Sept. 3: “IPA Festival Pre-Party with Polish Happy Hour Buffalo” at Millennium Hotel, Cheektowaga, 5 p.m. John Gora & New Direction Band.
Sept. 4-6: International Polka Association (IPA) Convention at Millennium Hotel, Cheektowaga. Friday: Polka Family, The Knewz. Saturday Pool Party: Buffalo Touch. Saturday Night: Dennis Polisky & The Maestro’s Men, IPA Tribute Band, Polka Country Musicians. Sunday: *1 p.m. “Pro-Am Polka Jam” (Bring and Play your instrument with the “Polka Pros!”); Lenny Gomulka & Chicago Push, Freeze Dried, Tony Blazonczyk & New Phaze. 3-day passes available until Aug. 18, call (312) 342-3959, or email: plkaqueen25@att.net. 
Sept. 8: Special Delivery at Cheektowaga Seniors Center, Town Hall Pavilion, Broadway & Union, 6-8 p.m.
Sept. 12: The Buffalo Touch at Arty’s Grill, Buffalo, for “Mary’s 80th Birthday Party” 508 Peckham St, Buffalo. 856-6027.
Sept. 13: Special Delivery at Clinton Bar & Grill, 2460 Clinton St. (near Harlem), West Seneca, (5 p.m. start this Sunday only).
Sept. 19-20: Dożynki Polish Harvest Festival. 8th Annual Pierogi Contest. Polish food, Polish beer. Guided church tours. Special Delivery (Sept. 20 from 3-7 p.m.) Corpus Christi R.C. Church, 199 Clark St. Buffalo. Sears Athletic & Social Club, 165 Sears St., Buffalo. http://dozynki.corpuschristibuffalo.org 
Sept. 23: Polka Variety Social Club Mtg. at VFW Leonard Post, 2450 Walden Ave.,Cheektowaga. Music by Special Delivery at 7:30. Doors open 6:30. $8 (members) $9 (non-members), incl. coffee, beer, pop & music. 
Sept. 24: Buffalo Polka Boosters Meeting, Music by The Buffalo Touch. “Potluck Night” Doors open at 6:45. Food served at 7:30. Polish Falcons, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew. (716) 771-1076
Sept. 26: Special Delivery at Halfway to Dyngus Day Party, Nite-Cappe Steak & Seafood, 1769 Abbott Rd, Lackawanna, 7-10 p.m.
Sept. 26: Buffalo Touch at VFW Post #5798 Miss Buffalo Ride - 6:30 p.m. 549-5798
Oct. 3: The Knewz at “Bills Pre-Game Party”, Potts Banquet Hall, 41. S. Rossler, Bflo. 826-6575
Oct. 3: Jackie Schmid Memorial Scholarship Fundraiser, Lily of the Valley Hall, 2379 Union Road, Cheektowaga, N.Y. 5:00-9:00 p.m.