Sunday, July 23, 2006

St. Albertus Fest

Thursday, July 20, 2006

From Wawel's Perch

As temperatures climbed into the mid-90's on Sunday, July 16, many sought shelter from the heat by heading to the air-conditioned indoors. Wawel headed out doors and gave two performances.

In the early afternoon, Wawel performed at the Immaculate Conception Perch Festival in Anchor Bay, Michigan. Like the performance in Birmingham earlier this month, Wawel again shared the bill with Big Daddy Lackowski and his La Dee Das. Wawel presented its Polonez, Kadzialeczka, Opoczno and Lubelski suites and the Karolina polka.

In addition to Wawel, the Perch Festival featured, among other things, Perch (as seen below).

Later that afternoon, Wawel performed at the American Polish Century Club's Polish Festival at Freedom Hill in Sterling Heights, MI. At the Polish Festival, Wawel presented the Polonez, Kadzialeczka, and its Nowy Sacz, Cieszyn, and Zywiec Suites.

The 2006 performances at both the Perch Festival and the Freedom Hill Polish Festival marks Wawel's return to these festivals' lineups. Wawel was unable to perform in both of these festivals in 2005 because the Ensemble was in Poland Participating in the Triennial Rzeszow Folk Festival.

Wawel's next public performances are at Sweetest Heart of Mary's Pierogi Festival on August 13, St. Hyacinth's on August 20 (Morning/ Early Afternoon) and St. Malachy's also on August 20 (Evening Performance).

Monday, July 03, 2006

Polish Wedding in the Park

On Wednesday, June 28, 2006, the Wawel Folk Ensemble participated in the Polish Wedding in the Park at Shain Park in Birmingham, MI.

Wawel performed its Polonez, Karolina Polka and Cieszyn suite. The event also featured performances from the PRCUA Zajaczek Dance Ensemble from Sterling Heights, MI as well as the musical stylings of Big Daddy Lackowski and The La Dee Das.

After performing, members of Wawel and Zajaczek led the audience in a Polish Style Grand Wedding March. The event concluded with everyone dancing to the Beer Barrel Polka, and with the singing of the God Bless America, The Battle Hymn of the Republic, How Great Thou Art, and the Polish National Anthem led by Big Daddy.

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