Tuesday, July 27, 2010

PNA Piknik at Wanda Park

On Sunday July 25, 2010, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble performed at the PNA Council #122 Picnic held at Wanda Park in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The Ensemble gave two performances (one at 5:00 and one at 7:00). The performances featured Wawel's Rzeszow, Sieradz, Lubelski, and Cieszyn suites as well as Kadzioleczka, and the Karolina Polka. After the second performance the entire group, as well as members of the audience and Zespol "Muza Mix" all joined in singing Sto Lat in recognition of Wawel member Todd's birthday.

Following the performance members of the ensemble spent the rest of the evening dancing to musical selections performed by Muza Mix, enjoying wonderful Polish food and winning numerous raffle prizes.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Ordination Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday, July 17, 2010, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble performed at a reception celebrating the 50th and 30th Anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of Fr. George Rutkowski and Fr. Andrew Wesley.

Fr. George is the Former pastor of Our Lady Help of Christians in Detroit, Michigan and Fr. Andy currently serves as the pastor of Transfiguration Parish in Detroit, Michigan and St. Ladislaus Parish in Hamtramck, Michigan. Both Fr. George and Fr. Andy have been long time supporters of Wawel, and the ensemble was thrilled that they were asked to be a part of the celebration. Wawel presented its Sieradz and Rzeszow suites as well as the Karolina Polka at the reception. Following the performance, Wawel and the other reception attendees joined in singing Sto Lat to Fr. George and Fr. Andy.

Fundusz Kręgle - Bowling Fundraiser

On Friday, July 16, 2010 the Wawel Folk Ensemble held its Second Annual Bowling Fundraiser at Regal Lanes in Warren, Michigan. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go toward defraying the cost of the Ensemble's trip in July 2011 to participate in the Triennial Festival of Polish Folk Dance in Rzesów, Poland. Congrats to all who worked hard to make this event a great success.

Wawel's next public performances are this Sunday, July 25, 2010 at Wanda Park in Sterling Heights, Michigan.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Wawel in Regina, Saskatchewan

From June 28 – July 4, 2010, Polonia from both the United States and Canada descended upon the prairies of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada to participate in the Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas (PFDAA) dance festival. The Wawel Folk Ensemble was one of several US ensembles that participated in the event.

These festivals, held every several years and in a different city, are an opportunity for the various dance ensembles to get to know each other, as well as participate in folk dance and ethnography workshops presented by dance choreographers, expert in their respective regions, from Poland. This year’s festival featured choreographers who taught songs and dance from the Beskid Zywiecki area in southern Poland, Biłgoraj in eastern Poland, and Kaszuby from northwestern Poland.

In addition to participating in dance workshops, participating ensembles performed at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Depot in Regina as part of its 125th anniversary celebration. Wawel presented its Sieradz suite at the RCMP Depot celebrations. Following the performance festival attendees had the opportunity to tour the Depot’s museum and watch the sunset ceremony which featured RCMP cadets retiring the Canadian colors, displaying drill formations, as well as the RCMP cadet band and several other pipe bands.

The highlight of the week; however, was the gala performance on Saturday, July 4, 2010 which was held at the Conexus Center in Regina and attended by 674 people. At the gala performance, Wawel presented its Sieradz and Podlasie suites. The gala performance was capped off by a Krakowiak finale which featured all 120 festival participants.

Wawel returned to Detroit on July 4, tired but energized by the experience. And they’ll have to be. Wawel’s next public performance is July 9, 2010 at the American Polish Century Club’s Polish Festival in Sterling Heights, Michigan. On July 16, 2010 Wawel will hold its second annual bowling fundraiser at Regal Lanes in Warren. Money raised at the bowling fundraiser will go toward Wawel’s trip to Poland next summer to participate in the triennial Festival of Polish Folklore held in Rzeszów, Poland. For additional information about booking Wawel for your function or about the upcoming bowling fundraiser, please visit www.wawelfolkensemble.com

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