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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center

 


April 2015


Apr 29   Spring Mixer & Happy Hour at the Polish Cultural Center
Apr 26   Costume Party For Children at the Polish Cultural Center
  Polish Remembrance Month at St. Margaret's Church
Apr 25   Movie About John Paul II at the Polish Cultural Center
  Japan's Rescue of Polish Children from Siberia in 1920s at the Japanese Festival
  Crown the Eagle Festival in Portland
Apr 18   Polish Book Club Meeting at the Redmond Library
Apr 14 & 18   Polish Literature Events in Vancouver, BC
Apr 15   Polish Rescuer Story at the Holocaust Memorial at the UW
Apr 12   Easter Egg Sharing & Egg Hunt at the Polish Cultural Center
Apr 11   Young Polanie at the Seattle International Children's Friendship Festival
Apr 3, 5 & 12   Polish Cultural Center closed for Easter
Apr 4   Easter Food Basket Blessing in Seattle, Bellevue etc.
Apr 2, 3 & 4   Ingrid Fliter Plays Chopin's Concerto #2 at Benaroya
Apr 2   Scissors + Paper Exhibition at Art Xchange Gallery in Seattle

Costume party

movie


Apr 29, 6-8 pm: Spring Mixer & Happy Hour at the Polish Cultural Center  

Spring Mixer: this is another opportunity to mingle with young Polish-Americans and make new connections! Share stories and ideas while enjoying imported Polish beers and local wines at a happy-hour pricing ($5). The evening will feature complimentary appetizers. Came in and bring a friend 21 and over as the bar will be open.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski, adm. free 21+, RSVP via event page on Facebook

More: contact Pawel Krupa or Diana Antczak 

Apr 26, 12 pm - 5 pm: Costume Party For Children at the Polish Cultural Center

The Juliusz Slowacki Polish School in Seattle invites all children, parents, families and friends to a children's costume party. In the program: singing, dancing, games with prizes, costume competition with awards and a lot of fun! Also available homemade delicious dinner and desserts.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free

More: please contact Maria Grabowska at 425-271-3669

Apr 26, 2 pm: Polish Remembrance Month at St. Margaret's Church

As part of the Polish Remembrance Month this year, the Polish Scout / ZHP Troop Kaszuby presents a program about the Warsaw Uprising, the biggest resistance operation of WWII. It lasted from Aug 1 to Oct 2, 1944 and ended with a capitulation of Polish forces and the destruction of the city. A dinner, deserts & coffee will be available before and after the program.

 

Where: at the Parish Hall of St. Margaretís Church in Seattle after the noon mass; admission free

More: for more info contact Iwona Bernacki

April 25, 12:30 pm: Japan's Rescue of Polish Children from Siberia at the Japanese Festival  

The historical presentation Japan's Rescue of Polish Children from Siberia by Martha Golubiec is part of the Seattle Cherry Blossom & Japanese Cultural Festival. The fascinating story of Polish children rescued from Siberia by Japan after the Russian Revolution is presented at the invitation of the Japanese community. It follows an earlier presentation at the Polish Cultural Center commemorating the event captured in the iconic 1922 photograph.

 

Where: Loft Room #3, Seattle Center Armory in Seattle; admission free & open to the public

More: the Cherry Blossom Festival site, or please contact Martha Golubiec or Teresa Davis

Apr 25, 4:30 pm: Movie About John Paul II at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Home Association presents a documentary film Witness to Hope: The Life of Karol Wojtyla, Pope John Paul II  (116 min) directed by Judith Dwan Hallet. The movie, based on a detailed biography written by George Weigel, is a complete and intimate portrait of the extraordinary leader. A special introduction by Fr. Lukasz Misko, OP, the Associate Director of the UW Catholic Newman Center. This event is in the series Meetings with Polish Culture organized by Beata Gallaher and Monika Johnson.

     

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle; admission free

More: about the movie, or contact Monika Johnson or Beata Gallaher

Apr 25, from 11 am: Crown the Eagle Festival in Portland

The McMenamins White Eagle Saloon in Portland presents Crown the Eagle Festival -  a Polish Heritage Party. The program includes a history talks, vodka tasting, performances by folk groups, Agnieszka Laska Dancers, Reverb Brothers, evening music by Kef and more. Special this year a Bike the World presentation by Polish bikers.

   

Where: McMenamins White Eagle Saloon in Portland, OR;

More: Event program

Apr 18, 10 am: Polish Book Club Meeting at  the Redmond Library

The book for the meeting is Najgorszy czlowiek na świecie by Malgorzata Halber, published by Znak in 2015. Ms. Halber, 36, is a controversial TV presenter, journalist, columnist and blogger, graphic designer with her own cartoon and a graduate of the Philosophy Dept of the Warsaw University. The book is her first novel that is praised for frankness in depicting a successful business woman who is a recovering alcoholic and drug user.

  

Where: a conference at the public library in Redmond, Wa; admission free, in Polish

More: about the book (PL), interview with the author (PL),  Polish Book Club

Apr 14 & 18: Polish Literature Events in Vancouver, BC

These are two Polish literature events supported by the Polish Consulate General in Vancouver.

  Apr 14, 7:30 pm  Polish Literature in Canada - with the editor B. Szalasta-Rogowska and three

                 Polish-Canadian authors G. Zambrzycka, A. Busza & R. Szabo featured in new anthology

                 Literatura polska obu Ameryk. The program includes poetry recitations and readings.

  Apr 18, 2:30 pm  Lecture on Polish Literature by prof. Bill Jonston

              4:30 pm  Discussion about Pilch's book Inne rozkosze translated by Mr. Johnson

Where: the Anthology meeting at SPK in Vancouver, BC, admission $5; the lecture and Pilch discussion at the UBC campus in Vancouver, BC admission free but registration is required; to register please send mail to [email protected].

More: Poster of the first event, Consulate page about the second event

Apr 15, 6:30 pm: Polish Rescuer Story at the Holocaust Remembrance at the UW

Irene Gut Opdyke

At the UW Holocaust Remembrance Day the keynote speaker is Jeannie Opdyke Smith, the daughter of Polish rescuer Irene Gut Smith. She will share her mother's courageous story of rescuing Jews during WWII. Also in the program a presentation by Denise Grollmus, Fulbright scholar in Poland from the UW, who will share her work with the her work with the Jewish community there.

 

There is also a lunch-and-learn event with Ms. Opdyke Smith at 11:45 earlier in the day.

 

Where: the main event at Kane Hall on the UW campus, admission free and open to the public; the lunch event at the Holocaust Center for Humanity - to attend make a reservation

More: Irene Gut Opdyke site, In My Hands: Memories of the Holocaust Rescuer

Apr 12, 2:30 pm: Easter Egg Sharing & Egg Hunt at the Polish Cultural Center

A traditional meeting of members & friends of the Polish Home with sharing of the Easter eggs and a dinner. The program includes an Easter Egg Hunt so come with your children to have some Easter fun. Polish Home Assn. provides most of the food such as cold meat cuts, but please bring a salad or pastry to share 

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free

More: Polish Home

Apr 11, 2:30 pm: Young Polanie at the Seattle International Children's Friendship Festival

The Young Polanie group will be presenting a medley of Polish songs and dances at the Seattle International Children's Friendship Festival. The SICFF features performances by the children highlighting their ethnic heritages. Also, all children are invited to visit the Polish booth with an interactive cultural  display about Poland on both days of the Festival, April 11 & 12 from 12 pm to 5 pm.

 

Where: at Fisher Pavilion at the Seattle Center, Seattle, WA; admission free

More: SICFF website, for Young Polanie contact Barbara Strutynski, for the Polish cultural booth, contact Teresa Davis or call 206 948 8064.

Apr 3, 5 & 12: Polish Cultural Center Closed for Easter

As is the tradition, the Polish Home is closed on Good Friday, April 3, 2015. The restaurant is also closed on Easter Sunday April 5 and on Sunday April 12, 2015 for the Easter Egg Sharing event..

 

More: Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle

Apr 4: Easter Food Basket Blessing (Święcone)

This is the schedule for blessing of the traditional Easter food baskets in nearby churches on Holy Saturday, April 4, 2015.

 

 Bellevue: Sacred Heart 9:30 am, St. Louise 2 pm

 Sammamish: Mary Queen of Peace at 2 pm, with a Polish reception at the parish hall afterwards

 Seattle:  St. Margaretís, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm & 2 pm, Blessed Sacrament 1 pm

 Tacoma: Sts. Peter & Paul, 11 am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm & 7 pm

Apr 2 - 4: Ingrid Fliter Plays Chopin's Concerto #2 at Benaroya

Ingrid Fliter

Seattle Symphony presents Chopin's Concerto #2 performed by Ingrid Fliter. Ms. Fliter is an Argentine player praised for her passionate interpretations performed with an effortless technique. There are three different concerts with discounts for Polish listeners:

 Apr 2, 7:30 pm   Concert in the Masterworks series also includes Karol Szymanowski's Concert

                                Overture and Sergei Prokofiev's 5th symphony; preconcert talk at 6:30 pm

 Apr 3, 7:00 pm   Concert in the Untuxed series (no intermission program) also includes Chopin's

                                 Waltz op 18 & Nocturne op 27 no 2 and Karol Szymanowski's Concert Overture.

                                 Ask the Artist session directly after the concert

 Apr 4, 8:00 pm  Concert in the Masterworks series again

 

Where: Seattle Symphony at the Benaroya Hall in Seattle. Tickets with a Polish group discount from $35 for the Masterworks concert and $13 for the Untuxed concert at the main floor Orchestra section! To claim the Polish group discount, send email to [email protected] with group name (Polish), your name, address, phone number, date of concert and how many tickets requested

More: Masterworks concert info, Untuxed concert info

Apr 2, 5-8 pm till May 2: Scissors + Paper Exhibition at Art Xchange Gallery in Seattle

Encircled by A. Lahti

Art Xchange Gallery in Seattle presents the Scissors + Paper exhibition featuring cutout works by three artists: Lauren Iida, Alisa Lahti and Ann Leda Shapiro. Exhibition shows different approaches to cut-paper art when exploring storytelling, the cycles of life and cultural heritage. Opening reception on Apr 2, 5-8 pm, artist talk on Apr 18, 12-3 pm.

  

Where: at the Art Xchange Gallery in Seattle; admission free

More: about exhibition

 
 

© 2015  Ryszard Kott

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