TROY, MI - Former New Orleans Saints tackle/guard Jim Dombrowski and World Champion figure skater Elaine Zayak have been elected into the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame for 2013. Additionally, Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski has been chosen to receive the Hall of Fame’s Excellence in Sports Award.
On Sunday, April 14, the Łowicz Dancers presented their eighth annual recital. It took place at the Warren Woods Tower High School Auditorium
The Łowicz Dancers ensemble is organized under Group 786 of the Polish Women’s Alliance of America, a fraternal benefit society founded in 1898 to serve the financial and social needs of the Polish and Polish American communities.
Friends of Polish Art (FPA) hosted an annual „Święconka” luncheon on Saturday, April 6, at the American Polish Cultural Center’s “Wawel” Restaurant in Troy.
“Święconka”, meaning “the blessing of the Easter baskets,” is one of the most enduring and beloved Polish traditions on Holy Saturday. That word is also associated with Easter gatherings (dinner, luncheon) of friends and family. It is a popular event especially among Polish-Americans.
On Sunday, March 17, pianist Kazimierz Brzozowski accompanied by the Baltic Strings quartet performed at the Detroit Institute of Arts. The concert, organized as part of the newly established DIA’s series “Sunday Music Bar”, featured music of Frederic Chopin, including popular Mazurkas, Waltzes, Concerto No 2 in F Minor and the famous Fantasy of Polish Airs (Andante Spianato & Grande Polonaise Brilliante). The Baltic Strings includes two Polish musicians, Grzegorz Wiczuk (viola) and Grzegorz Boguski (cello), as well as Zekljko Milicevis (violin) and Olena Yendovytska (violin).
Installation of Officers and Directors of the Polish American Congress Michigan Division (12-13/2012)( 1 Vote )
On Saturday, March 23, the Installation Ceremony of the Officers and Directors of the Polish American Congress Michigan Division (PAC-MI) took place. The event was held at the Polish National Alliance Council 122 Banquet Hall in Hamtramck.
The program, of which Sebastian Szczepanski was Master of Ceremonies, also included the presentation of PAC-MI Awards to outstanding Polish-American individuals and organizations.
The Polish Panorama, located in on the campus of the Orchard Lakes Schools, as part of the Polish Mission, is a unique European theater depicting 1,000 years of Polish and Polish American history. It dramatizes the history of Poland from the earliest legends to the rise of Pope John Paul II.
Mariusz Szajnert was elected the President of the Polish American Congress Michigan Division (PAC-MI) at the annual membership meeting on Saturday, March 16, at the PNA Hall in Hamtramck. Szajnert was the only nominated candidate for the position of PAC-MI President.
This week we head southwest Wayne County to the Village of Waltz (near I-275 and Will Carleton Road area) to the Waltz Inn.
This village is where it seems that everyone “lives just down the road”. Walking in to the Inn you instantly feel like you have been there before (ha ha! Actually, yes we have!). You are greeted by several people from the waitress to the bartender. Ahh, we feel like we are at home with wood parquet floors and wood paneling. Even the owner is walking around talking with her “old” friends.
The liveliness of the Polish folk dances, the folk costumes the dancers wear, the music and culture they represent is a beautiful portrayal of our Polish heritage. The historic St. Hyacinth Parish in Detroit’s Poletown welcomed the Detroit area Polish American folk ensembles to the special Mass in their honor, Sunday, March 10. It was the eleventh edition of the annual Blessing of the Polish American Dance ensembles.
Athletes: celebrities of the sporting world. This category revolves around soccer players, hockey players, and, of course, basketball players. They’re agile, all powerful, and suave. Approachable, and yet unapproachable. Like us, but then again, not like us. The very mention of these terms links us to the mental image of celebrity powerhouses; for example, with “soccer leagues,” we see David Beckham; and in hockey, our thoughts automatically go to Wayne Gretzky. But with the mention of the National Basketball League, our minds become flooded of Michael Jordan, squeaky shoes, basketballs, as well as an unmentioned two dimensional perception often associated with athletes. Contrary to this belief, Windsor Express’ Power Forward, Greg Surmacz, is a well-rounded individual and, actually, not that out of bounds for public understanding.
22 young Polish Americans were presented and celebrated during the 2013 Polish Roman Catholic Union of American (PRCUA) Shirley Galanty Michigan State Ball. The event took place Saturday, February 23, at the San Marino banquet hall in Troy.
The event is named after Shirley Galanty, the founder of the PRCUA State Ball in 1992. Ms. Galanty is known as the first PRCUA dance instructor in Michigan. She wanted the Polish American youth to know their heritage, culture, customs and traditions and she was instrumental in the formation of several dance schools in Michigan.
HAMTRAMCK, MI - Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski, President of the Piast Institute issued a statement Friday, February 15, calling the YouTube video ‘Fat Tuesday’ by John Kerfoot a vicious and racist attack on Polish Americans and on the City of Hamtramck.
DETROIT, MI - On Saturday, February 2, Polish Alliance Dancers and General Pulaski Polish Language school, both of Polish National Alliance (PNA) Council 54 - Lodge 2525, celebrated their 50th Jubilee anniversary at SS Peter & Paul’s church, on Detroit’s Westside.
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- Gwiazda Dancers Host Michigan PRCUA Women’s Division Opłatek (51-52/2012)
- Christmas Concert at Orchard Lake Schools (51-52/2012)
- Gerald T. Celeskey honored with “Lifetime Achievement” award (50/2012)