Members of Friends of Polish Art (FPA) gathered for a summer picnic Saturday, June 22, at the Patterson Park in Grosse Pointe. The main attraction of the afternoon was the reenactment of an old Polish mid summer tradition - the festival of wianki. It is connected to the celebration of Feast of St. John the Baptist (known in Polish as “Noc Świętojańska ora Noc Kupały). The celebration relates to the summer solstice when nights are the shortest. Among many rituals and traditions of the celebration is the “festival of wianki (flower wreaths). Girls float wreaths of flowers (often lit with candles) on rivers and attempt to gain foresight into their relationship fortunes from the flow patterns of the flowers on the river. Men may attempt to capture the wreaths, in the hope of capturing the interest of the woman who floated the wreath. Members of FPA also prepared “wianki” and at the end of the picnic they set their wreaths onto the nearby lake.
HAMTRAMCK,MI - Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski, President of the Piast Institute has announced an extension of the new survey of Polish Americans in the United States in cooperation with the University of British Columbia. The survey will now be continued through July 7, 2013. The Piast Institute is a National Center for Research, Analysis and Policy formation on Polish and Polish Affairs and an official U.S. Census Information Center (CIC) that focuses on Polish and other East Central European ethnic groups in America. This survey follows up on two earlier national studies in 2009 and 2010 that the Institute did of 900 and 1,400 Polish American activists respectively. The new study probes some of the key social, political and economic questions asked on the earlier studies and adds a few additional issues that have aroused public concern since. It also probes the attitudes of Polish Americans on matters of concern to the community and their ideas about its future.
TROY, MI - Former New Orleans Saints tackle/guard Jim Dombrowski and World Champion figure skater Elaine Zayak were honored Thursday, June 13, with the induction to the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame (NPASHF). Additionally, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Brad Keselowski received the Hall of Fame’s Excellence in Sports Award. The Induction banquet which also marked the 40th anniversary of the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame was held at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, MI.
Jim Dombrowski, a unanimous All-American and two-time recipient of the Jacobs Blocking Award, was a standout offensive lineman at the University of Virginia from 1982-1985. A three-time all-ACC selection Dombrowski was equally impressive in the classroom earning first team Academic All-Conference. He was the sixth overall pick by the Saints in the 1986 NFL Draft and anchored the Saints offensive line for 11 seasons from 1986-1996. In 2008 Dombrowski was elected into the College Football Hall of Fame and in 2003 he was elected into the Saints Hall of Fame.
GREENPOINT (Brooklyn), N.Y. - As the Downstate New York Division of the Polish American Congress announced it is forming a committee to observe the 75tth anniversary of New York’s Kosciuszko Bridge in 2014, U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) is already talking about holding a special ceremony in 2018 to mark the opening of the “new” Kosciuszko Bridge.
Rep. Maloney’s 12th Congressional District of N.Y. includes the large Polish community of Greenpoint.
A piano recital by Vanessa Kwiatkowski took place Friday, May 31, at “Evola Music” in Shelby Twp. The concert entitled “A Night of Classical Music” showcased Vanessa’s undisputed talent and passion for piano.
Vanessa Kwiatkowski, still in her teens, began studying piano at the age of five. Around the age of nine, she decided to pursue classical training with accomplished Russian pianist, Emma Bogdassarova. Under her expert supervision and direction, Vanessa was able to realize both her capability and talent for an instrument she truly loves.
Over the years, Vanessa is proud to have played in several piano recitals, band and choir concerts, talent shows and competitions. She placed among top three at numerous American Guild & Music competitions, was awarded First Division at Solo & Ensemble, and scored high ratings at the State Solo & Ensemble competition.
DETROIT - Comerica Park had a full house for the 43rd annual Polish-American Night hosted by the Detroit Tigers. The Minnesota Twins were in town and Anibal Sanchez crafted a nifty one hitter as the home team won, 6-0. Sanchez had a no-hitter until Joe Mauer, lined a single for the Twins with one out in the ninth.
The Tigers scored three runs in the second inning and that was all they needed. Miguel Cabrera broke open the game with a bases loaded hard single down the line past third-base.
Councilman for the City of Warren Keith Sadowski was on the receiving end of witticism and barbs at the 14th Annual Polish Day Parade Roast on Thursday, May 23 at American Polish Century Club in Sterling Heitghts.
Keith Sadowski has been a Councilman in the City of Warren since November 2003. Warren has been his home for most of his life, with the exception of a year stint in upstate NY, where he met his wife Gina. They have been married for over 15 years.
Since 2005, the Friends of Polish Art has had the honor of awarding scholarships through the generosity of the late Frank Filipek of Battle Creek. Mr. Filipek requested that five scholarships be given each year in the memory of specified individuals. There are also two Lillian and Chester Mitchell Fine Arts Scholarships given to individuals studying in the fine arts. These scholarships were awarded at the Friends of Polish Art General Meeting held at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy on Friday, May 17.
Five winners of the $5,000 Brig. Gen. Casimir Pulaski Scholarships were announced recently by Mr. Marion Winters, Chairman Pulaski Scholarship Committee, American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC). A record number of applications were received this year. The scholarship program was initiated 13 years ago as a result of a sizeable endowment by the Conrad R. Walas family with continuing support from the Polonia.
Military officers from the United States and Canada held their 54th International Armed Forces Night dinner on Friday, May 10 at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.
The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools and the Michigan Division of the Polish American Congress hosted the annual events commemorating the anniversary of adoption of Poland’s Constitution, which took place on May 3, 1791.
KEW GARDENS, N.Y. - Nobody else could have been more exuberant than the members of the Polish-Jewish Dialogue Committee of New York when President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to a deceased World War II hero revered by both the Jewish and the Polish communities.
The President bestowed this honor on Jan Karski, a Polish Catholic officer in Poland’s underground resistance Home Army (Armia Krajowa), who is now being acknowledged as “The Man Who Tried to Stop the Holocaust.”
TROY, MI - The 37th annual membership meeting of the PAC Federal Credit Union was held Thursday, April 25, at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy.
Board Chairman Zdzisław Miłoboszewski announced to the gathering that 2012 was a good year in which the Credit Union introduced several new programs, some specifically designed to help younger members achieve educational and home ownership goals.
On Saturday, April 13, attendees of the 40th Annual Ambassadors Ball - a celebration that recognizes the Orchard Lake Ambassadors membership for their support of the Endowment Fund - had the honor of witnessing Orchard Lake Schools most prestigious annual award, the Fidelitas Medal, bestowed upon Edward G. Pinkowski and the late Richard Roger Cosby.
The Fidelitas Medal, first awarded in 1949, is presented in recognition of one’s fidelity in serving God, country, and the Orchard Lake Schools. Fidelitas medalists are evaluated for their realization of the religious and cultural ideals of Orchard Lake Schools founder, Rev. Joseph Dabrowski, a Polish missionary priest, who established the original education institution in Detroit in 1885.
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.
- Łowicz Dancers Annual Recital (15/2011)
- FPA hosts delicious “Święconka” (14/2013)
- A life of twists and turns, but always in his mind: his Pol-Am background (14/2013)
- Brzozowski, Baltic Strings perform at DIA (12-13/2013)
- Installation of Officers and Directors of the Polish American Congress Michigan Division (12-13/2012)
- Polish Panorama Gala Presentation (11/2013)
- Mariusz Szajnert to lead Polish American Congress Michigan Division (11/2013)
- THE URBAN EATERS (10/2013)
- Blessing of Polish American Dance Ensembles (10/2013)
- THE URBAN EATERS (9/2013)