Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Hamtramck Festival

Wawel will be present in the Polish Day Parade which takes place before the festival opens on Monday.

St. Malachy's Parish Festival

In the evening of Sunday, August 20, 2006, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble performed at St. Malachy's Festival in Sterling Heights, MI. This performance is always a favorite of members of the ensemble.

Wawel performed its Opoczno, Nowy Sacz, Cieszyn, and Lubelski suites as well as Polka Warszawska and the Karolina Polka.

After the performance members of the Ensemble remained at the festival experiencing delicious foods and listening to the sounds of the Coachmen.

Sw. Jacka Odpust

On Sunday, August 20, 2006, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble participated in a mass at St. Hyacinth Church in Detroit, MI celebrating the feast of St. Hyacinth and as part of the Parish's year long 100th Anniversary celebration.

Wawel walked in procession during the mass, which was celebrated by Bishop Ryszard Karpinski from Lublin, Poland and was concelebrated by St. Hyacinth's new Pastor, Fr. Janusz Iwan and Pastor Emeritus, Fr. Francis Skalski and several other priests.

After mass, the congregation flocked to the Parish hall for a pierogi luncheon and reception for Bishop Karpinski.

After lunch and a performance by St. Hyacinth's Mens' Choir, under the direction of Larry Surhigh, Wawel performed its Cieszyn and Lubelski Suites for the audience. Wawel selected Cieszyn and Lubelski because St. Hyacinth originated from Silesia near Cieszyn and Lubelski because Bishop Karpinski hails from Lublin, Poland.

After Wawel's performance, Bishop Karpinski thanked the attendees and told several stories including the time he made potato pancakes for Pope John Paul II.

Novi International Festival

On Saturday, August 19, 2006, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble participated in Novi's International Festival in the heart of Novi.

Wawel gave two 10 minute performances during the festival performing its Lubelski suite and the Karolina Polka. Wawel also participated in the Festival's Parade of Nations, representing Poland.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Sweetest Heart of Mary Pierogi Festival

On Sunday, August 13, 2006, the Wawel Folk Ensemble performed at Sweetest Heart of Mary's annual Pierogi Festival in Detroit, MI.

At the 2006 Pierogi Festival, Wawel presented the Polonez, Polka Warszawska, the Karolina Polka, and the Ensemble's Lubelski and Opoczno suites. After the performance, many members of the Ensemble remained on the parish grounds to partake in Polish Food, and to listen to the sounds of the Misty Blues.

Wawel has a long history with Sweetest Heart including not only the Pierogi Festival performances, but also with Wawel's annual participation in the parish's Christmas Midnight Mass and Sunrise Easter Service.

Wawel's next performances are this coming weekend. On Saturday (8/19), the Ensemble will perform in Novi, MI at an international festival. On Sunday (8/20), the Ensemble will participate at Mass and perform at a luncheon immediately following at St. Hyacinth's church in Detroit, MI. Later on Sunday, the Ensemble will perform at St. Malachy's annual parish festival.

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