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.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Plymouth Wedding

On Saturday, May 6, 2017, the Wawel Folk Ensemble performed at a wedding in Plymouth, Michigan.  In addition to presenting its Sieradz suite and its dances from Old Warsaw, the Ensemble also facilitated the customary presentation of bread and salt to the newlyweds.

Summer is nearly upon us.  Which means festivals.  Please check with this blog and Wawel's Facebook group for updated performance schedules.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Tatry Song & Dance Ensemble 45th Anniversary Concert

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On Saturday, April 29, 2017, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble traveled to Windsor, Ontario, Canada to participate in the 45th Anniversary Concert of the Tatry Song & Dance Ensemble.  Wawel performed its Sieradz and Bilgoraj suites during the concert.  In addition to Tatry's performances, the concert also featured performances from the Wici Dance Ensemble from Chicago, Illinois as well as performances from Goralska Kapela Kontrabanda from Chicago, Illinois.

Following the performance, members of the Ensemble attended a banquet held in Tatry's honor at the Dom Polski hall in Windsor to celebrate this milestone.  At both the concert and banquet, Wawel's artistic director, Donna Skurski, who is the current president of the Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas made a presentation to Tatry on behalf of the Association.

Congratualtions to Tatry on this milestone.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Early Spring Events

On Sunday, March 26, 2017, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble participated in the 15th Annual Blessing of the Polish Dance Groups at St. Hyacinth Church in Detroit (Poletown), Michigan.  Established by St. Hyacinth's former pastor, Sp. Ks. Francis Skalski, the event has been maintained and nurtured by the parishioners and the parish's current pastor, Ks. Janusz Iwan.  Wawel is proud to have been a part of this event for each of its 15 years.  This year's blessing received some local media attention with an article and photo gallery in the Detroit Free Press.

On Sunday, April 16, 2017 (Easter Sunday), members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble participated in procession at Sweetest Heart of Mary Church in Detroit, Michigan's Resurrection Mass.  Wawel has a long history with Sweetest Heart of Mary.  The group has performed at its annual Pierogi Festival since its establishment.  Additionally, many members of the ensemble were married at Sweetest Heart and are parishioners of the church.

Wawel's next performance will take place in Windsor, Ontario, Canada on April 29, 2017.  Wawel will perform as part of the Tatry Song & Dance Ensemble's 45th Anniversary Concert.  Please check back with this blog and on Facebook as new event are frequently added. 




Monday, March 06, 2017

90th Birthday Celebration

On Friday, March 3, 2017, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble were invited to perform at the Gaelic League in Detroit, Michigan for the 90th birthday celebration for the mother of one of its longtime members.

For its performance, Wawel presented its Sieradz and Rzeszow suites.  Sto Lat!

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