On Sunday, October 9, Polish American community in Wyandotte celebrated the Pułaski Day with a special Mass and a ceremony at the Pułaski monument. The event was organized by the Polish American Veterans Association (PAVA) Post 95.
The festivities began with a 12:00 Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish celebrated by its Pastor, Fr. Walter Ptak.
REFLECTIONS ON POLISH HERITAGE BY DR. THADDEUS C. RADZILOWSKI, HISTORIAN AND PRESIDENT OF THE PIAST INSTITUTE
HAMTRAMCK, MI - October each year is designated as Polish-American Heritage month. It is a quintessential American ethnic commemoration. Obviously no one in Poland celebrates it. We Polish Americans use it to commemorate the rich history, culture and traditions of the land from which we or our ancestors came. More importantly, during this month we celebrate Polish achievements in America, past and present. We remind our fellow Americans of the contributions to our country of the Jamestown pioneers, of Kościuszko and Pułaski, of ordinary Polish immigrants who built industrial America and who fought its wars, and of contemporary scientists, astronauts, statesmen, entertainers and other notables of Polish ancestry.
On Sunday, October 2, the FPA (Friends of Polish Art) Fine Art Competition winners were announced at the reception at the Orchard Lake School’s Galeria. The annual Art Competition is co-sponsored by FPA and the Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools.
This year’s edition (26th) featured a few innovations. First, the artists who wanted to participate in the competition had to send digital images of their artwork. The jury, headed by Portrait Artist Vianna Szabo, made first selection and picked qualified works. Then, all the art work had to be delivered to the Orchard Lake Galeria where the final judging took place.
For many, the summer months are spent relaxing and recouping from the daily grind. If anything, members of the Wawel Folk Ensemble “turned the volume up to 11,” with an intense schedule of practices, travel and performances during the summer months of 2011.
Wawel’s summer whirlwind officially kicked off in June. From June 17-19, members of the Ensemble traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to participate in Milwaukee’s 30th Annual Polish Fest. Polish Fest, which features performances by many other mid-west based Polish folk groups, has been a regular event on Wawel’s performance calendar since 1998. Wawel performed on three occasions at Polish Fest and presented its Sieradz, Rzeszów, and Podlasie suites as well as its Krakowiak. The performances at Polish Fest were capped off with a Gala Concert featuring the member ensembles of the Polish Folk Dance Association of the Americas, of which Wawel is a founding member.
On Tuesday September 20, The Polish Mission welcomed three-time Emmy Award winning journalist Rita Cosby to the historic campus in Orchard Lake.
The Polish Century Club of Detroit celebrated its 95th anniversary on Saturday, September 24, with a jubilee banquet held at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy. A delicious dinner, dancing to a fantastic swing/jazz “Millionaires Orchestra” and a raffle were main attractions of the evening.
The history of the Polish Century Club of Detroit takes us back to 1916. The first official meeting of the Club was held on February 18, 1916. A few months later the Articles of Association were signed and filed in the state of Michigan.
Originally the Club was limited to one hundred members from the east side of Detroit, and also, what was known as the Village of Hamtramck.
In a world flourishing in the age of information technology and services, and decline in manufacturing - community developers, city leaders, and citizens everywhere have been looking for some new solutions. Locally, 28-year-old Philip Lauri, of Detroit, decided to do a cross-cultural comparison with the situation of Łódz in Poland.
Founder of the production company Detroit Lives!, Lauri said his idea for a documentary film was hatched in January, after he received an email from Michał Gruda, a Pole who lives in Łódz, saying, “You should check out my city; it’s very similar to yours.”
Each season brings with a fresh opportunities to explore our Polish heritage, actively cultivate it in our families, promote it in our Polonian organizations and share it with the rest of America. In that way we are not only taking from America but also giving back something in return by helping to enrich our country’s multi-ethnic mosaic.
Dożynki - Polish harvest fest
Dożynki are held at various venues across America, wherever people of Polish extraction reside. They can be outdoor fests or hall-type festivities such as harvest balls or parish suppers. One especially interesting event of this type is the two-day Polish Harvest Festival which attracts more than 100,000 visitors to Cleveland’s Slavic Village each year. People come not only from across Ohio but also from neighboring states to celebrate this community’s culture, tradition and foods. Folk-dance performances, dancing in the street, tasty ethnic foods, numerous souvenir stands and other attractions provide family fun for all.
HAMTRAMCK, MI - In an August 17, 2011 letter to Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski (pictured), President of the Piast Institute, YAHOO! Inc. announced that it is the decision of its Editorial Process and Policy group that it will not use “Polish” in the title/description of a Nazi Death Camp and this policy “has now been incorporated into the standard training documentation.”
WARSAW - The “Karta Polaka” (which has been translated as Pole’s Charter, Pole’s Card or Polish Card) could be called a form of quasi-citizenship granted by Poland to people of Polish descent living in Diaspora. After Poland regained its independence in 1989, there were plans to extend special privileges to Polonians the world over, the largest number of whom live in North America. It soon turned out however that the cost of such a grandiose operation far exceeded Poland’s limited budget, so efforts focused on Poles in the former Soviet republics.
WARSAW - When I mentioned to a recent Pol-Am visitor from the Buffalo area that leading Polish foods are now under the protection of the European Union, his reaction was: “You mean like gołąbki, pierogi and kiełbasa?” I had to explain that stuffed cabbage and filled dumplings are not exclusively Polish but are shared by several different nations. I added that kiełbasa was on the list, but not just any Polish-style sausage, only Kiełbasa Lisiecka.
Here it is! Our photo spread from 35th annual Polish Day Parade in Hamtramck! This year’s edition of the parade took place on Labor Day Monday, September 5. A long, rich history is associated with the founding of the Polish Day Parade. In the 1930s, the roots of the present day Polish Day Parade took hold with the May 3rd Polish Constitution Day observance held on Detroit’s Belle Isle. The Polish Day Parade evolved later into the Pulaski Day Parade and was held in the fall each year in downtown Detroit. In 1977, Paul Odrobina as President of the Polish American Congress Michigan Division and as the Hamtramck City councilman saw the need for the Polish Day Parade to continue in Hamtramck. And since then every year the parade brings together Polish American parishes, organizations, businesses and dance groups.
J. William Gorski will be awarded The Distinguished Service Award by the Federation of Genealogical Societies (FGS) at the FGS annual conference on Thursday, September 8, in Sprinfield, IL. Gorski’s name was submitted for the award by the Polish Genealogical Society of Michigan, a member of FGS. In a letter informing Gorski of this honor, FGS writes: “Your dedication to the Polish Genealogical Society in many capacities, your donations to the State of Michigan library, and the indexing of the Hamtramck Citizen are gifts that will offer future generations links to their family history. Your activities are exceptional and your giving is generous.” CONGRATULATIONS!
Rev. Canon Thomas C. Machalski officially installed as the new Rector of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary (35/2011)( 12 Votes )
His Excellency Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron presided over a special Mass on Saturday, August 27, at the Shrine Chapel of Our Lady of Orchard Lake, during which an installation of Rev. Canon Thomas C. Machalski as the new Rector-President of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary took place.
- Sweetest Heart of Mary’s PIEROGI FESTIVAL (34/2011)
- Poland - the national brand? (34/2011)
- The national anthem - “Dąbrowski’s Mazurka” (33/2011)
- “Miracle on the Vistula” Commemoration (33/2011)
- ACPC ANNUAL CONVENTION HOSTED BY JOHN PAUL II POLISH AMERICAN CULTURAL CENTER IN CLEVELAND, OHIO (32/2011)
- POLANIE Returns with Smiles & Memories (32/2011)
- A crash course in Polish heraldry (31/2011)
- Polish-American Night at Cellular Field (31/2011)
- St. Albertus Fest (30/2011)
- Blue Angels Thrill Big Crowds over Western Wayne County (30/2011)