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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center

 


May 2015


May 30 - June 7   Venerating the Black Madonna at St. Margaret Church
May 30   Polish Ukrainian Concert & Fundraising at the Polish Cultural Center
May 24   Polish Force Northwest team in the Ski To Sea Race
May 23   The Second Round of the Presidential Elections at the Polish Cultural Center
  Polish Book Club Meeting at the Kirkland Library - moved to June
May 20 & 22   Movie Waterline by M. Otwinowski at SIFF
May 17   St John Paul II's Canonization Anniversary at the Polish Parish
May 16   Annual Pierogi Fest at the Polish Cultural Center
May 15   Movie Waterline by M. Otwinowski at SIFF
May 14   Lecture on American and Soviet Realism in Poster Art at the UW
May 13   Artur Gotz in Concert at the Polish Cultural Center
May 9   Polish Presidential Elections at the Polish Cultural Center
  K. Poznanski Painting Exhibition at the Fountainhead Gallery
  Fiesta Mexicana Party at the Polish Cultural Center
  Children's Tale The Wawel Dragon in Portland
May 8   Artur Gotz in Concert in Portland
May 5   GiveBIG to Polish Orgs & Causes at Seattle Foundation / PHF page
May 3  Meeting with St. Michalkiewicz in Tacoma
 Third of May Celebration at the Polish Cultural Center
 Biking Around the World Presentation at the Polish Cultural Center
May 2   Marcin Dylla in a Classic Guitar Concert at Benaroya
May 1   Movie With Fire and Sword in Portland

The Black Madonna

Movie Waterline

Pol-Ukr Concert


May 30, 10 am - till June 7: Venerating the Black Madonna at St. Margaret Church

The Polish Parish in Seattle is hosting an icon of Our Lady Of Czestochowa. It is a faithful replica of the famous medieval Black Madonna icon from the Jasna Gora sanctuary in Czestochowa, Poland. The icon arrives on May 30 with the Enthronement of the Icon and a solemn mass at 10 am. The veneration will last till June 7 with special intentions and prayers each day. Details are available at the St. Margaret Church website. The Parish invites everybody to join in prayers with Our Lady, the Black Madonna.

  

Where: at the St. Margaret Church in Seattle; admission free

More: about the Black Madonna, for St. Margaret's please contact Fr. Andrzej Galant, the pastor.

May 30, 5 pm: Polish Ukrainian Concert and Fundraising at the Polish Cultural Center

Friends of Ukraine and the Polish Home Association present a concert A Friend in Need is a Friend Indeed to support the independent Ukraine. The program includes:

    5:30 pm   Opening with the Ukrainian Consul Valeriy Goloborodko and Polish Consul Teresa Davis

    6:00 pm   Concert of Ukrainian and Polish music

                     by Ukrainian group Serpanok and band Serpica, Polish Choir Vivat Musica and others

    7:30 pm   Silent auction closing and then continuation of the concert

Traditional Ukrainian food will also be available. All proceeds  will go to Save Lives Together Foundation, an American 501(c)(3) nonprofit providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

     

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; suggested donation $10+, food separately.

More: about Friends of Ukraine, or contact Anna Horodetska

May 24: Polish Force Northwest in the Ski To Sea Race

Marek Wencel

The local team Polish Force NW goes again to the Ski to Sea Race. The race is a relay over 100 miles distance from Mt. Baker to Marine Park in Fairhaven (Bellingham). The relay legs are: alpine run, downhill run, road bike, canoe, cross country bike, kayak and mountain bike. This year Marek Wencel and Polish Force NW  want to improve their best result from 2014. Come to cheer the Polish iron men at the leg transition zones and the finish line.

 

Where: Mt. Baker to Bellingham in Whatcom county, throughout the day; check with the event site and the team when & where to show up, course map.

More: Ski To Sea website, contact Marek Wencel, 206-227-3788 for more info

May 23, 7 am - 9 pm: The Second Round of the Presidential Elections at the Polish Home

As expected, the second round of the elections is needed to decide who will be the next president of Poland: Mr. Andrzej Duda (Law & Justice / PiS) who won the first round or Mr. Bronislaw Komorowski (Civic Platfrom / PO), the current president. Polish citizens residing in the USA have to register to be able to vote. Voters who registered for the first round are automatically registered for the second round. Deadline for additional registration for voting in person is May 21. In Seattle, you can vote in person at the polling station #163 at the Polish Cultural Center.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; registration and a valid passport is needed to vote

More: Detailed election and registration info (in Polish), online registration

May 23, 10 am: Polish Book Club Meeting at  the Kirkland Library - Cancelled

This meeting has been moved to June.

Where: at the public library in Kirkland, WA; admission free, in Polish

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

May 17, 12 noon: St. John Paul II's Canonization Anniversary at St. Margaret

The Friends of John Paul II Foundation invites everybody to an event celebrating anniversary of St. John Paul II's canonization and birthday at the St. Margaret Church in Seattle. The program includes a mass at 12 pm, a fundraising dinner at 1 pm and a presentation at 2 pm.

 

Where: St. Margaret Catholic Church in Seattle; admission free, dinner $15

More: Please contact Renata Zbanyszek for more info.

May 15, 20 & 22: Movie Waterline by M. Otwinowski at SIFF

Jowita Budnik

The Seattle International Film Festival presents the movie Waterline / Jeziorak directed by Michal Otwinowski in 2014. The film is a crime thriller set in the Polish countryside with an outstanding role by Jowita Budnik as a policewoman inspector investigating a murder of a young woman and the missing of two fellow policemen including her partner. In Polish with English subtitles.

 

Where: at SIFF Cinema Uptown on May 15 at 9 pm and on May 20 at 4:30 and at Lincoln Square Cinemas in Bellevue on May 22 at 8:30 pm. This movie is co-sponsored by Seattle Polish Film Festival.

More: the movie at SIFF.

May 16, 11:30 - 4 pm: Annual Pierogi Fest at the Polish Cultural Center

Pierogi!

This is the 10th edition of the Festival that brings a great mixture of Polish food and culture. It is a Polish dumpling extravaganza that serves several kinds of pierogi: meat, potato & cheese, plum etc. This year in a new format, 12 pierogi for $10. Other Polish dishes available as well as Polish beer. Free attractions include: folk group performances, craft workshops (make your own pierogi!) & children activities. You can eat leisurely, listen to Polish music and have a good time. Also available: tea. coffee, soft drinks and desserts. On sale: Polish cutout art, Polish folk costumes, Polish sports scarves.

 

Performances include Polish Choir Vivat Musica at 1:30 pm and Ukrainian Folk Group Serpanok at 3 pm.Volunteers needed to run the event! Please contact John Golubiec.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle; food prices TBD, all entertainment and additional programs upstairs free

More: Please contact Festival coordinator John Golubiec for more info

May 14, 7:30 pm: Lecture on American and Soviet Realism in Poster Art at the UW

An American WWII poster

UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee presents a lecture American Realism and Soviet Propaganda in Poster Art by Izabela Gabrielson. Dr. Gabrielson teaches art history at the Northwest College of Art and Design in Poulsbo, WA and is also a painter. The lecture explores nuances of the American Realism from Rockwell to the Works Progress Administration and compares it with the ideologically driven Socialist Realism reigning in the Soviet Union and the Soviet block countries.

 

Where: Simpson Center for Humanities, 206 Communication Bldg at the UW campus in Seattle, admission free

More: about Izabela Gabrielson, UW PSEC

May 13, 7:30 pm: Artur Gotz in Concert at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Home Association presents Artur Gotz in a concert promoting his new CD Mezczyzna prawie idealny. Mr. Gotz, 32, is an actor with roles in theatre, movies and TV and a popular singer with a current single hit Milionerzy. The restaurant will be opened as usual for such events. This program is in Polish. This concert is also at the Polish Hall in Portland on May 8, 2015

     

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; tickets $20 advanced, $25 at the door.

More: his website (PL), for tickets and reservation please contact Asia Jeziorska (425) 417-9548, Lucyna Błońska (206) 992-6821, Maria Grabowska (425) 271-3669, Renata Mrz (206) 362-7917

May 9, 7 am - 9 pm: Polish Presidential Elections at the Polish Cultural Center

The presidential elections in Poland have been called for May 10, 2015; voting in the United States is set on May 9. If needed, the second tour will happen on May 23. Polish citizens can vote in person or by mail. In Seattle, you can vote in person at the polling station #163 at the Polish Cultural Center. Polish citizens residing in the USA have to register to be able to vote. The registration deadline passed on May 7.

Update: The second round is needed to decide the election. Two candidates left are Andrzej Duda (Law & Justice / PiS) and Bronislaw Komorowski (Civic Platform / PO). Mr. Duda won the first round.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; registration and a valid passport is needed to vote

More: Detailed election and registration info (in Polish)

May 9, 5-7 pm, till May 31: K. Poznanski Painting Exhibition at the Fountainhead Gallery

Sunny Morning

The Fountainhead Gallery presents an exhibition Color and Line with paintings by Kazimierz Poznanski. The exhibit includes fifteen medium and large size painting in oil on canvas and watercolors. Mr. Poznanski is a painter, poet, writer and a Professor of Economics at the Univ. of Washington in Seattle, with interest in Chinese art.

   

Where: The Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle from May 7 till May 31; admission free, business hours Thu-Sun 11 am - 6 pm. Opening reception May 9, from 5-7 pm.

More: about Kaz Poznanski

May 9, from 6:30 pm: Fiesta Mexicana Party at the Polish Cultural Center

Come to celebrate Cinco de Mayo by having fun and dancing at a Mexican Fiesta. Music by DJ Filip. Doors open at 6:30 pm with dinner available at the Polish Home restaurant downstairs from 7 pm till 10 pm, bar opened from 8 pm to midnight, dancing from 8 pm to 1 am.

 

Where: the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski, tickets $10 members, $15 for non-members. 

More: for reservations or info please contact Maria Switalska at (425) 226 7660 or Lucyna Blonska at (206) 764 7057

May 9, 12:30 pm: Children's Play The Wawel Dragon in Portland

Polish Hall presents the classic children's tale The Wawel Dragon / O Smoku Wawelskim performed by Artur Gotz. Mr. Gotz is an actor and a singer. In this performance he plays all the characters from the prince Krak and the cobbler Dratewka to the Wawel Dragon either in person or using puppets. The performance is in Polish.

   

Where: Polish Hall & Library in Portland, OR; in Polish

More: Mr. Gotz performs a concert in Portland on May TBD and in Seattle on May 13

 GiveBIG to Local Polish Organizations and Causes on May 5, 2015

On May 5, the Seattle Foundation (SF) hosts the annual GiveBIG event a one-day, online charitable giving event to benefit local nonprofits. The reason this is important to us as the Polish community is that every donation given during this event gets additional bonus money from "angels" working with the SF.

 

You can support all local Polish causes, events and orgs in the Pacific Northwest by donating during this event. The Polish Home Foundation partners with the SF for this event. You can support your favorite cause by donating to the PHF through the Seattle Foundation PHF Profile Page and providing a comment where the money should go.  

Update: This event raised over $10,000 - more details here

 

More: info doc about supporting Polish community through GiveBIG

May 3, 12:30 pm: Meeting with St. Michalkiewicz in Tacoma

Stanislaw Michalkiewicz

The Polish Parish in Tacoma presents a meeting in Polish with Stanislaw Michalkiewicz to discuss Polska wobec strategicznych partnerow. Mr. Michalkiewicz is a popular right-wing author & columnist affiliated with the Radio Maryja and weekly Nasza Polska, and a lecturer at the College of Social and Media Culture in Torun. He has also published several books on topics related to Polish politics and the conservative agenda.

 

Where: at the Parish Hall of SS Peter a& Paul in Tacoma; admission free, in Polish

More: Michalkiewicz site (in Polish)

May 3, 2:30 pm: Third of May Celebration at the Polish Cultural Center

Polish Home Association invites everybody to the 3rd of May celebration marking the anniversary of the first Polish constitution, which was enacted in 1791. The program includes a performance prepared by the Polish School in Seattle and by the Polish Choir Vivat Musica. The restaurant at the Polish Home is open from 12 pm to 4 pm.

 

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

More: about the Constitution, Constitution source

May 3, 4:30 pm: Biking Around the World Presentation at the Polish Cultural Center

So far so good: 43,000 km biked, 31 countries and 4 continents visited - and about halfway around the globe! Polish super-bikers Adela Tarkowska and Kris Jozefowski will have a presentation about their epic journey that  started in 2010 and went through Turkey, Middle East, Africa and the Americas from Patagonia to Pacific NW. Come to listen, admire, cheer and support the brave travelers!

 

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

More: Bike the World blog, support info

May 2, 7:30 pm: Marcin Dylla in a Classic Guitar Concert at Benaroya

Marcin Dylla

Seattle Classic Guitar Society presents a concert in the International Guitar Series by the Polish master Marcin Dylla. Mr. Dylla, 39, hailed by Washington Post as among the most gifted guitarists on the planet, won a slew of international competition awards, including the Gold Medal at the prestigious 2007 Am. Guitar Foundation International Competition. Born in Poland, Mr. Dylla is a professor at the Music Academy in Cracow and Katowice.

 

Where: at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall; tickets $38

More: Marcin Dylla website, SCGS and the International Guitar Series

May 1, 6 pm: Movie With Fire and Sword in Portland

Polish Hall presents the movie With Fire and Sword dir. by Jerzy Hoffman in 1999. The story set during 17 c. Polish war with Ukrainian Cossacks stars Isabella Scorupco and Michal Zebrowski. The film is based on the novel of the same title by Henryk Sienkiewicz; the book is the first part of the famous Trilogy of novels by Sienkiewicz highlighting Poland's wars with Cossacks, Sweden and Turkey in mid-17c.

   

Where: Polish Hall & Library in Portland, OR; admission free

More: about movie

 
 

2015  Ryszard Kott

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