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).

Congratulations!

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.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

American Polish Century Club's October Meeting

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble performed at the American Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, Michigan.  The ensemble was invited to perform before the Club's monthly meeting.  The performance celebrated October, which is Polish American Heritage Month.  For its performance, Wawel presented a suite of dances from Eastern Krakow.  The ensemble also lead the membership in reciting the pledge of allegiance and in the singing of the Polish National Anthem.


Wawel will next perform on October 28, 2017 at a private function.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Late Summer/Early Fall Update

It's been a busy past few months for the Wawel Folk Ensemble.  Summer has flown by and we find ourselves in mid-October already.

On July 16, 2017, members of the ensemble performed at a family reunion.

On August 13, 2017, members of the ensemble performed at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit, Michigan's annual Pierogi Festival.  Wawel has a longstanding history with Sweetest Heart of Mary and is always happy to be back at the parish.

On September 4, 2017, members of the ensemble marched in the annual Polish Day Parade, held every Labor Day, in Hamtramck, Michigan.

Wawel also had performances on September 10 and September 15, 2017.

On October 15, 2017, Wawel attended the annual Polish Heritage Mass and then performed at a dinner celebrating Polish Heritage Month at Transfiguration Church in Detroit, Michigan.  For its performance, Wawel presented suites of dances from Sieradz, Eastern Krakow, and its dances from Old Warsaw.

On Wednesday, October 18, 2017, Wawel will perform at the American Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, Michigan before its monthly meeting begins in order to help the club celebrate Polish Heritage Month.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

American Polish Century Club 37th Annual Polish Festival

On Friday, July 7, 2017, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble performed at the American Polish Century Club ("APCC")'s 37th Annual Polish Festival in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

A long standing performance on Wawel's schedule, Wawel participated in the Festival's opening ceremonies and then presented a 1/2 hour performance.  Wearing folk dress from the areas of Eastern Krakow, Wawel presented suites of dances from Eastern Krakow, Bilgoraj, Sieradz, and then its Dances from Old Warsaw.  Wawel is also honored to have one of its members, Cheryl, as the 2017 APCC Polish Heritage Queen.

Following the performance, members of the ensemble remained on the festival grounds to experience polka bands, the Polish Muslims, and the best in Polish cuisine.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Upcoming Summer Performances

Here's a list of some upcoming summer performances.  This list will be updated from time to time as new performances are added.  We hope to see you at a show this summer!

July 7, 2017 - APCC American Polish Festival - Sterling Heights, Michigan
August 13, 2017 - Sweetest Heart of Mary Pierogi Festival - Detroit, Michigan
September 4, 2017 - Polish Day Parade - Hamtramck, Michigan



Jimmy John's Polish Night and Polish Fest - Milwaukee

On Thursday, June 15, 2017, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble participated in the second Polish Heritage Night at Jimmy John's Field in Utica, Michigan.  The event which was part of a baseball game between the Birmingham/Bloomfield Beavers and the Eastside Diamond Hoppers featured performances from many local Polish dance groups and Polka music from Duane Malinowski.

Members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble served as a color guard during the singing of the Polish and American National Anthems.  Between the second and third innings, the Wawel Folk Ensemble performed a portion of its Saxernet Polka on the field.

On Friday, June 16, 2017, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble headed west and north as they traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to attend Polish Fest, the largest Polish festival in the United States.  Wawel has performed at Polish Fest at least 16 times since its first appearance in 1998.  Wawel performed two numbers in the Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas' gala concert of Polish dance at Polish Fest.  Wawel presented a suite of dances from Bilgora and its Dances from old Warsaw.  Wawel's choreographer, Donna Skurski, who is currently serving as PFDAA's president acted as Master of Ceremonies for the concert.  The concert was not without its challenges as there were torrential rains which caused flooding in the performers' changing area during the concert.

Wawel's next performance will be in early July at the American Polish Century Club in Sterling Heights, Michigan's annual Polish Festival.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Pierogipalooza II

On Friday, June 2, 2017, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble performed at the second annual Pierogipalooza at the PNA hall in Hamtramck, Michigan.  The well attended event was a fundraiser for the Polish American Congress - Michigan Division.

For its performance, Wawel presented suites of dances from Rzeszow and Sieradz.  The event also featured performances by the Polanie Dance Ensemble from Dearborn, Michigan as well as musical performances from the Kielbasa Kings Polka Band.

In addition to the musical and dance performances, there were numerous vendor tables and, of course, pierogi - over 24 different varieties to sample.  The pierogi were provided by Srodek's Campau Quality Sausage, Polish Village CafĂ© and Bozek's Market.

Wawel's next performance will be as part of the Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas gala concert at Polish Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 17, 2017.

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