Monday, October 18, 2010

American Polish Cultural Center - 25th Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday, October 17, 2010, the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, Michigan celebrated its 25th Anniversary. The event which featured dinner, dancing, proclamations and a silent auction also featured several Polish folk dance presentations.

Wawel was one of two metro area ensembles (Polanie being the second) that was invited to perform at the event. Before the evening's events, members of the ensemble greeted guests as they arrived and escorted them to their seats. At the beginning of the event, both ensembles led the audience in singing the Polish and American national anthems.

As is the Polish tradition, Wawel opened the evening's celebrations with the Polonez. Attired in the folk dress from the City of Zywiec and the Kontusz, the performance struck a perfect balance with the evening's jubilant atmosphere. As the evening progressed, Wawel performed a second time presenting its Sieradz suite. As one of the founding Ensemble's at the Polish Cultural Center, Wawel was very honored to be included in the event.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Wawel's Fall Happenings

It seems like Labor Day was just yesterday, and now Halloween is almost here. It has been a busy several weeks for the Wawel Folk Ensemble as the performance schedule has maitained its steady pace.

On September 18, 2010 the Ensemble did double duty with members performing at an Oktoberfest celebration in Williamston, Michigan and with members performing at a polka party for the Ave Maria University in Ann Arbor, Michigan. At the Oktoberfest the ensemble presented its Lubelski and Rzeszow suites along with the Karolina polka. At the polka party, the ensemble presented its Sieradz suite as well as the Karolina polka. After the polka party performance, members of the ensemble provided the polka party attendees with some polka lessons and got everyone out on the floor to dance to the sounds of the Duane Malinowski Orchestra.

On September 25, 2010 the Ensemble performed at a banquet honroing Wladyslaw Budweil, as he celebrated his 60th Anniversary of being the organist at Our Lady Queen of Apostle's Church in Hamtramck, Michigan. In addition to being the organist at Queen of Apostle's, Mr. Budweil is also the former director of the Filarets Choir. Wawel presented its Rzeszow and Sieradz suites along with the Karolina polka.

On October 3, 2010 the Ensemble participated in a Mass and performance at Transfiguration Parish in Detroit, Michigan. The Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Adam Maida and was in honor of the 85th Anniversary of Transfiguration Parish and the 125th Anniversary of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth. Following mass, a reception was held in the school gym. During the reception, Wawel presented its Krakowiak, and Sieradz suite along with the Karolina polka.

On October 17, 2010, Wawel will perform at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, Michigan as part of the Center's 25th Anniversary celebration.

After a summer and early fall full of performances, the late fall and winter months are proving to be no exception, please check back often for further updates.

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