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  Nov 28   Polish Book Club meeting at the Green Lake Library
  Celebrating St. Andrew's night / Andrzejki at the Polish Home
  Nov 20   PH Youth Group performs at the St. Philomena in Des Moines
  Nov 18-22   Polish Film Festival in America at the Seattle Art Museum
  Nov 18-22   Lamentatio by Agnieszka Laska Dancers in Portland
  Nov 15   Feast of St. Margaret at the Polish Church in Seattle
  Poland's Independence Day celebration at the Polish Home
  Opening Gala for the new wing of the Polish Home
  Nov 7-8   Polish Bazaar at the Polish Home

Nov 28, 10 am: Polish Book Club meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Rok reportera by Piotr Krasko, published by Ksiegarnia Sw. Jacka in 2008. Krasko is a reporter working as an international correspondent from places such as Rwanda & Congo or New Orleans after Katrina. The book conveys impressions from these difficult assignments from 1996 to 2007.


Where: at the Green Lake Public Library in Seattle; admission free

More: about book, Piotr Krasko (in Polish), Polish Book Club

Nov 28, from 7 pm: St. Andrew's night  party / Andrzejki at the Polish Home

According to the old Polish tradition, Andrzejki (a party on St. Andrew’s night, Nov 30) was the last party of the year, with some special customs such as divining future from pouring hot wax on water. Attractions: Belly dancing by Nadira; Russian and Gypsy songs by Slava (1 hr). Cocktail hour from 7 pm upstairs. Dinner available downstairs (separately) from 7 to 10 pm. Dancing from 9 pm to 1 am. Belly dancing at 9:30 pm.


Where: at the Polish Home, tickets $20 PHA members and parties 8+, $25 regular 

More: Slava, Nadira, reservations Lucyna Blonska (206) 764-7057, Maria Switalska (425) 226-7660

Nov 27: Polish Home closed for Thanksgiving

The Polish Home is closed for Thanksgiving on Friday, November 27, 2009.


Where: at the Polish Home

Nov 20, from 6:30 pm: PH Youth Group performs at St. Philomena

The Mlodzi Polanie Youth Group from the Polish Home will perform a Polish dance and song medley as part of an European Festival at the St. Philomena Church. Festival starts at 6:30 pm, Mlodzi Polanie is one of the folk groups performing that evening.


Where: at the Parish Hall, St. Philomena Church in Des Moines,WA; admission free

More: St. Louise Parish, Fr. J. Twardowski Polish School in Bellevue (in Polish)

Nov 18-22: Polish Film Festival in America at the Seattle Art Museum 


Festival poster


Revisited by Zanussi


General Nil

w/ O. Lukaszewicz


Mall Girls

The Society for Arts invites to the 20th Polish Film Festival in America, playing in several cities. In Seattle, the Festival runs November 18-22 at the Seattle Art Museum. The Opening Gala at SAM Arnolds Room is on Friday, Nov 20 at 6:30 PM, with actors Olgierd Lukaszewicz & Grazyna Marzec-Lukaszewicz. Organized by the Society for Arts (Chicago) and Dr. Michal Friedrich (Seattle).


Program for Wednesday, November 18

    6:00 pm   Scratch / Rysa, 2008, dir. Michal Rosa

    8:00 pm   Little Moscow / Mala Moskwa, 2008, dir. Waldemar Krzystek


Program for Friday, November 20

    6:00 pm   Revisited / Rewizyta, 2009, dir. Krzysztof Zanussi

    6:30 pm   Opening Gala at Arnolds Room, by invitation only

                       Actors Olgierd Lukaszewicz &  Grazyna Marzec-Lukaszewicz

                       attending the Gala

    8:00 pm   Performance by Polish Choir

                       I am guessing the movie will start after the Choir is done

    8:00 pm   General Nil, 2009, dir. Ryszard Bugajski

                       Actors Olgierd Lukaszewicz & Grazyna Marzec-Lukaszewicz

                       at the screening


Program for Saturday, November 21

    3:00 pm   The General. The Gibraltar Assassinaion / General. Zamach na

                      Gibraltarze, 2009, dir. Anna Jadowski

    4:45 pm   How Much the Trojan Horse Weighs? / Ile wazy kon trojanski?

                      2008, dir. Juliusz Machulski

    7:00 pm   The Rebound / Hel, 2009, dir. Kinga Debska

    8:45 pm   Dance and Love / Kochaj i tancz, 2009, dir. Bruce Parramore


Program for Sunday, November 22

  12:00 pm   Happy medium / Zloty srodek, 2009, dir. Olaf Lubaszenko

   2:00 pm    Polish documentaries:

                   American Correspondent / Amerykanski korespondent

                       2009, dir. Eugene Starky

                   An American in the Polish People Republic / Amerykanin

                   w PRL-u, 2009, dir. Piotr Morawski & Ryszard Kaczynski

    3:45 pm   Happy Aphonya / Afonia i pszczoly,  2009, dir. Jan Jakub Kolski

    5:45 pm   Earthly Paradise / Droga do raju, 2008, dir. Gerwazy Regula

    7:30 pm   Mall Girls / Galerianki, 2009, dir. Katarzyna Rosolaniec

    9:00 pm   Before Twilight / Jeszcze nie wieczor, 2008, dir. Jerzy Blawut


Please note: the Festival looks for volunteers - if you would like to help, please contact Dr. Friedrich.


Where: at the Seattle Art Museum downtown; ticket info

More: PFFA, PFFA Seattle, Michal Friedrich can be reached at 206.283-1513

Nov 18-22: Lamentatio by Agnieszka Laska Dancers in Portland

Agnieszka Laska Dancers invite to Lamentatio - a performance inspired by poems of detainees from Guantanamo, soldiers from Iraq and mothers of victims from all sides of the Global War Of Terror. It is set to a Requiem by Polish composer Roman Maciejewski and choreographed by Agnieszka Laska of Portland.


Where: at the Imago Theatre in Portland, OR; tickets $20/15 regular/discounted

More: Agnieszka Laska Dancers, Lamentatio, Agnieszka Laska

Nov 15, noon: Feast of St. Margaret at the Polish Church in Seattle

St. Margaret,

Edinburgh Castle

The Seattle Polish American Parish celebrates the Annual Feast Day of St. Margaret on Sunday, Nov 15, 2009. Celebration will start with High Mass at 12:00 noon, after the mass a dinner will be available in the Parish Hall. The artistic program includes performance by the children group. As at any traditional church feast, you  will be able to obtain devotional items such as rosaries and prayer books.

Where: St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, admission free, dinner $10

More: tel. to the Parish (206) 282 1804

Nov 15, 5:30-6:30 pm: Poland’s Independence Day celebration at the PH

Poland regained its independence on Nov 11, 1918, when Jozef Pilsudski became the Head of State after a popular revolt liberated the Polish territories. The program performed by the children from the Polish Scouts troop has been prepared by Iwona Bernacka. The restaurant will be open from 1 pm to 8 pm.


Where: at the Polish Home, admission free.

More: Polish Home

Nov 15, 7 pm: Opening Gala for the new wing of the Polish Home

The Polish Home sports a new wing with additional rooms and an elevator. The Opening Gala starts at 7 pm with the Polish Consul General from Los Angeles, Hon. Joanna Kozinska-Frybes and guests from the City of Seattle attending. The Polish Home Assn invites all the supporters of the extension project as well as members and friends of the Polish Home to celebrate this milestone. Reception will follow.


Where: at the Polish Home; admission free

More: about Polish Home Extension project, grant info – how to donate

Nov 7-8, noon - 7 pm: Fall Bazaar at the Polish Home

Kasia Pawluskiewicz, Polish Bazaar 2004

The biggest Polish event around, the fall bazaar features booths with Polish books and CDs, crafts, pottery, crystal, amber and other merchandise as well as booths by local Polish-American organizations. You can also buy Christmas ornaments and wafers (oplatki), Polish pierogi, home made cakes and enjoy a full course dinner. Also, frozen pierogi from Chicago on sale to go. Organized by the Ladies Auxiliary.


Where: at the Polish Home, admission free.

More: Polish Home, or contact Beta Rodzinski, President of the Ladies Auxiliary


© 2009  Ryszard Kott

Photo "Fountain" courtesy Hanna Gil, Photo "Seattle" courtesy Ryszard Kwieciński