Thursday, November 01, 2018

2018 Pulaski Awards


On Sunday, October 28, 2018, the Polish American Central Citizens Committee of Metro Detroit held its 46th Annual Pulaski Awards banquet at the PNA Hall in Hamtramck, Michigan.  The Central Citizens Committee has existed for over 100 years and has seen its focus shift from recruiting Polish Americans to join the fight for Poland's independence during the first World War to one of education and cultural outreach.

This year one member of the Wawel Folk Ensemble was included among the recipients of the Pulaski Medal.  Congratulations to Wawel member, Beth on her receipt of a 2018 Pulaski medal.  Beth joins other Wawel members who've received the award in the past: Wawel's choreographer, Donna (Pulaski Award 1996), Wawel's Director, Tom (Pulaski Award 2006), Wawel member, Basia (Pulaski Award 2016), Wawel member, Nick (Pulaski Award 2017), Wawel member, Jessica (Pulaski Award 2017).


Wedding Performance

On Saturday, October 27, 2018, in downtown Detroit, Michigan, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble were invited to participate in wedding reception for one of the ensemble's members, Shaina.  Wawel members participated in presenting the bride and groom with bread and salt (a popular Polish and Slavic tradition) at the beginning of the reception.  As the reception progressed, Wawel took to the dance floor and presented its rendition of the Krakowiak along with the Saxernet polka.  Mid-way through the polka, members of the ensemble grabbed reception guests and had an impromptu dance along.  Congratulations Shaina & Nick!

With the holiday season upon us, Wawel will take some time off to spend with friends and family.  It's next public appearance will be on Christmas Eve at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit, Michigan when it participates in procession during the church's Christmas Eve Midnight Mass.

Please continue to check this blog and Wawel's Facebook group for additional updates.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Music of the Slavic Lands

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, the Wawel Folk Ensemble performed at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit, Michigan as part of a concert called: Music from the Slavic Lands.  The concert featured choral selections performed by the Detroit Concert Choir and the Filarets Mixed Chorus.  Wawel was invited by the Filarets to dance a polonez while the Filarets sang.  Wawel also presented a suite of dances from Sieradz.

Wawel's next performance is Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at the American Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, Michigan.  Wawel will perform before the club's monthly meeting as part of the club's Polish Heritage Month commemorations.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Summer Recap

It's after Labor Day, but fall hasn't quite hit yet.  The perfect time to recap some of Wawel's summer performances.

On Friday, July 13, 2018, Wawel performed in Sterling Heights, Michigan at the American Polish Century Club's Annual Polish Festival.

On Saturday, August 4, 2018, Wawel performed in Farmington Hills, Michigan as part of a Polish Day at their weekly farmers' market.

On Sunday, August 12, 2018, Wawel performed in Detroit, Michigan at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church's annual Pierogi Festival.

On Sunday, September 9, 2018, Wawel performed in Detroit, Michigan at Transfiguration Church's annual Potato/Apple Festival.

Wawel has several performance scheduled into the fall.  Please check back frequently for updates.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Polish Fest 2018

From June 15 - June 17, 2018, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble found themselves again in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for the city's annual Polish Fest.  Wawel first attended Polish Fest in 1998.  Wawel's performances at Polish Fest were on Saturday, June 16.  Wawel presented a longer performance which was shared with Polonez from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  For its performance, Wawel presented suites of dances from Bilgoraj, Sieradz, Podlasie, and Eastern Krakow.


Later in the evening, Wawel presented two numbers in the Polish Folk Dance Association of the America's gala concert at Polish Fest.  Wawel presented suites of dances from Sieradz and Bilgoraj for the PFDAA gala.  Wawel's choreographer, Donna Skurski is the current president of the PFDAA.  She served as master of ceremonies for the PFDAA gala concert.


Following the gala, members of the Ensemble stayed at Polish fest to listen to bands and see what the festival had to offer.  On Sunday morning, they started the long trek home with a new set of Polish Fest memories and already counting the days to Polish Fest 2019.


Wawel's next performance will be at the American Polish Century Club's Annual Polish Festival in Sterling Heights, Michigan (14 Mile Road and Maple Lane) on July 13, 2018.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Polish Heritage Night at Jimmy John's Field

On Thursday, June 7, 2018, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble performed as part of Polish American Heritage Night at Jimmy John's Field in Utica, Michigan.  Wawel was on the field pre-game serving as an honor guard during the singing of the Polish and American National Anthems.  During the 4th inning, Wawel again took to the field and performed a shortened rendition of its Saxernet Polka.

Wawel's next performance is Saturday, June 16, 2018 as part of Polish Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Monday, March 12, 2018

2018 Blessing of the Polish Folk Dance Ensembles

On Sunday, March 11, 2018, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble participated in the 16th Annual Blessing of the Polish Folk Dance Ensembles at St. Hyacinth Church in Detroit, Michigan.  A long standing event on the Ensemble's calendar, Wawel has attended each year of the event's existence.  The event was implemented by St. Hyacinth's former pastor, the late Fr. Francis Skalski and has been continued by its current pastor, Fr. Janusz Iwan.  The event was well attended by many Michigan Polish folk dance ensembles.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Wawel's Weekend Pilgrimage

During the weekend of January 20, 2018, Wawel spent some time on a mini-pilgrimage visiting some of metro-Detroit's historical Polish Churches.

On Saturday, January 20, 2018, Wawel participated in mass at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit, Michigan.  The mass featured songs, carols and koledy performed by the Polonaiser Chorale.  Wawel has a long history with Sweetest Heart (going back to the 1970s) and is always happy to participate in one of their functions.

On Sunday, January 21, 2018, Wawel participated in mass at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church in Hamtramck, Michigan.  The mass was coordinated by Radio Maryja and was followed by their annual oplatek dinner.

These two appearances were Wawel's first for 2018.  Please continue to check back with this blog and the group's facebook page for additional performance information.

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