Monday, April 27, 2009

2009 Update

It’s hard to believe that May will start this week. 2009 has really been flying by. Members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble have been busily preparing for the start of the 2009 Festival Season, learning new dances and preparing existing numbers for performances this spring, summer and fall. Here’s an update of all that’s been going on so far:

March 2009

March 21, 2009 – Wawel participated in the Second Annual Polish Folk Dance Festival at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, Michigan. This event featured Polish Folk Dance groups from throughout the Metro Detroit area, and was well attended by members of Polonia. Wawel presented its Podlasie, Cieszyn, and Sącz suites. The group received many compliments for the precision and synchronization of its performance.

March 22, 2009 – Wawel participated in the annual Blessing of the Polish Folk Dance Ensembles at St. Hyacinth Parish, in Detroit’s Poletown area. Wawel has participated in this event since it began in 2002. The idea was conceived by St. Hyacinth’s former pastor, Fr. Francis Skalski.

April 2009

April 12, 2009 – Sweetest Heart of Mary – Detroit, Michigan – Resurrection Mass. 2009 marks Wawel’s 31st year participating in Sweetest Heart’s Easter mass. Sweetest Heart and Wawel have a long standing tradition. Many current and alumni members of the Ensemble are parishoners at the parish.

April 25, 2009 – Transfiguration/Our Lady Help of Christians parish festival – Detroit, Michigan. An annual event for the Wawel Folk Ensemble and also the kick off to the summer season. Wawel has a long standing tradition with Transfiguration and is happy to be a part of their annual festival.

April 25, 2009 – St. Tecla Polish Night – Clinton Township, Michigan. Wawel participated in this event several years ago, and was thrilled to be invited back. Wawel presented dances from Nowy Sącz, Podlasie, Cieszyn and the fan favorite Karolina Polka at this event.

April 26, 2009 – St. Louise Mother Daughter Breakfast – Warren, Michigan. Wawel presented its Cieszyn, Nowy Sącz, and Polasie suites as well as the Karolina Polka.

Upcoming Events

June - Festival of the Arts - Wayne State University Campus - Detroit, Michigan

June 19 – 21 – Polish Fest – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July – Polish Fest – Sterling Heights, Michigan
August – Sweetest Heart of Mary – Pierogi Festival – Detroit, Michigan
August – St. Malachy – Summer Festival – Sterling Heights, Michigan
September – St. Athanatious – Fun Festival – Roseville, Michigan
September – Polish Day Parade – Hamtramck, Michigan
October – Oktoberfest – Northville, Michigan

We hope to see you at one (or many of these performances) over the summer. For additional information about the Wawel Folk Ensemble, please check back here or visit our website.

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