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.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Pasterka 2017

On Sunday, December 24, 2017, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble attended and participated in the Pasterka (midnight) mass in Polish folk dress at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit, Michigan.

Wawel has a history with Sweetest Heart of Mary Church going back to at least the 1970s.  Wawel performs at the Church's annual Pierogi Festival in August, and participates in the sunrise services on Easter Sunday as well as the Pasterka on Christmas Eve.  In addition to the performances and processions, several members of the ensemble were married at Sweetest Heart of Mary and are current parishioners.

Wawel is currently on its holiday break, but will return to practices in 2018 on January 31.  Please check this blog and the ensemble's facebook page for performance updates and future events.

Happy New Year!

Monday, November 20, 2017

2017 Pulaski Awards

On Sunday, October 29, 2017, the Polish American Central Citizens Committee of Metro Detroit held its 45th 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 two members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble were included in the 7 recipients of the Pulaski Medal.  Congratulations to Wawel members, Nick and Jessica on their receipt of a 2017 Pulaski medal.  These two members join 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), and Wawel member, Basia (Pulaski Award 2016).


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

90th Birthday Party

On Saturday, October 28, 2017, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble performed at a 90th Birthday Party held in Farmington Hills, Michigan.  The Ensemble was a special surprise for the birthday girl.  For its performance, Wawel presented suites of dances from Eastern Krakow, Sieradz and its Old Dances from Warsaw.  The Old Dances from Warsaw were particularly relevant because the guest of honor's family came from areas around Warsaw.  Following the dances members of the Ensemble lead the guests in singing Sto Lat to the guest of honor.

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