Monday, September 21, 2009

Port Huron Museum World Festival

On Sunday, September 20, 2009, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble performed at the Port Huron Museum's Annual World Festival at the Seaway Terminal in Port Huron, Michigan.

The World Festival was originally held outdoors, on the grounds of the Port Huron Museum, but has since grown and is now held at the Sea Way Terminal. The Festival features numerous booths, food vendors and performances from cultures and countries all around the world (there all ways is a Polish booth or table at the Festival). Wawel has participated in the event for at least the past 10 years.

At the World Festival performance Wawel presented its Sieradz, Podlasie and Rzeszów suites, as well as Kadziałezka and the Karolina polka.

Wawel's next performances are this Friday in Hamtramck, Michigan. Wawel has a private performance on Saturday.

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Hamtramck Polish Day Parade

On September 7, 2009, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble participated in the annual Polish Day Parade in Hamtramck, Michigan. The Ensemble participates in the parade annually which has been a part of the Labor Day tradition since the early 1980's.

In addition to numerous other Polish folk dance ensembles, the parade featured a float and members of the Polish American Congress commemorating the 70th Anniversary of the start of World War II and the 20th Anniversary of the fall of communism and free elections in Poland.

The Parade's Grand Marshall was Wallace Ozog, President of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, the largest Polish American fraternal in the United States, and one in which many members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble are members or are choreographers or directors of PRCUA Children's folk dance groups.

Wawel's next public appearance will be on Saturday, September 12 at the St. Athanatious Fun Fest in Roseville, Michigan.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

One Busy Weekend

Summer weekends are often busy ones. That's true for people tackling home projects, but it's also true for the Wawel Folk Ensemble. The weekend of August 14 - 16 was one such weekend.

On Saturday, August 15, members of the Ensemble performed at St. Malachy's annual summer festival. The group's performed at St. Malachy's for many years, and the festival is highly anticipated.

On Sunday, August 16, members of the Ensemble performed at a fundraiser luncheon whose proceeds would help to build a church located in Poland at St. Edmund's parish in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The church being constructed in Poland will contain many items which were found in the now closed Our Lady Help of Christians parish, which was located in Detroit, Michigan.

From St. Edmund's in suburban Detroit, members of the Ensemble traveled to the heart of Detroit to Sweetest Heart of Mary Parish and its annual Pierogi Festival. There the ensemble performed between local polka favorites the Kielbasa Kings and area favorites the Polish Muslims.

Despite the heat, Wawel still delivered two highly energized performances. Wawel's next public appearance is on September 7 at the annual Polish Day Parade in Hamtramck, Michigan.

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