Monday, June 15, 2015
Wawel at Milwaukee Polish Fest 2015
The weekend of June 12 – 14, 2015 saw the Wawel Folk Ensemble return to a long standing tradition and perform at Polish Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. After several years away from the Polish Fest stage and as part of its 50th Anniversary celebrations, Wawel members loaded up their cars and hit the road for Polish Fest. Wawel’s first trip to Polish Fest was in 1998. Six members who traveled for the 2015 addition of Polish Fest also traveled to Polish Fest with Wawel in 1998.
Members of the Ensemble arrived Friday evening and had an opportunity to walk the Polish Fest grounds to see what Polish Fest 2015 Polish Fest had to offer. But it was Saturday, June 13, 2015 that was what really drove the trip.
On Saturday, Wawel performed on Polish Fest’s cultural stage and presented its Krakowiak, its Cieszyn and Kaszëbë suites, and its Saxonet polka. After a quick break, Wawel returned to the Polish Fest Cultural stage to participate in the gala concert of Polish Folk Dance sponsored by the Polish Folk Dance Association. Wawel presented its Sieradz and Biłgoraj suites in the gala.
After the performances, cars were packed full of costumes and the members remained to take in polka and Polish folk bands and to sample Polish delicacies offered by the various food vendors. On Sunday morning, the cars were packed and the dancers began the long drive home to Detroit – full of memories of Polish Fest 2015 and already making plans for their return in 2016.