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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center


November 2015

Nov 28   St. Andrew's Night Party / Andrzejki at the Polish Cultural Center 
Nov 21   Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library
Nov 15   Poland's Independence Day Celebration in Seattle
Nov 10   Lecture on Controversies Related to Polish Youth Magazines at the UW
Nov 7-8   Polish Bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center
Nov 7   Ethnic Heritage Workshop at the Nordic Heritage Museum
Nov 5   Holocaust Lecture on the Starachovice Factory Camps at the UW
  Exhibition Photographs From Poland & Ukraine at the Gallery4Culture
Nov 3   Motion Trio at Benaroya

Motion Trio at Benaroya

Nov 28, from 7 pm: St. Andrew's Night Party / Andrzejki at the Polish Cultural Center


In Polish tradition, Andrzejki (a party on St. Andrew’s night, Nov 30) was the last big party of the year, with some special customs such as divining future from pouring hot wax on water through a key. The restaurant downstairs open from 7 pm to 10 pm, bar open from 7:30 pm till 11:30, dancing to music by a DJ from 8 pm. Everybody is welcome!


Where: the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski, tickets $15 members, $20 non-members. no info on babysitting this year.

More: for reservations or more info please contact Irena Kordula at (425) 652 5878 or Lucyna Blonska at (206) 764 7057

Nov 21, 11 am: Polish Book Club Meeting at  the Green Lake Library

There are two books for this meeting: Podglad by Marcin Podolec & Daniel Chmielewski and Prawiek i inne czasy by Olga Tokarczuk. Podglad is a graphic book that broke into general readership in Poland; it's topic is modern sexual relationships. Prawiek i inne czasy, first published in 1996, is the most successful novel of popular writer Olga Tokarczuk and has been translated into over 20 languages.


Where: at the Green Lake Library in Seattle, WA; admission free, in Polish

More: Olga Tokarczuk Polish Book Club

Nov 15, 2:30 pm: Poland’s Independence Day Celebration at the Polish Home

The Polish Home Assn presents an Independence Day celebration that includes a patriotic poetic program in Polish prepared by Barbara Strutynski and a performance by the Polish Choir. Also at the event, Solidarity activist Jerzy Las will be honored with the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity, a decoration bestowed by the President of Poland. Congratulations! The restaurant will be open from 1 pm as usual.


Where: the mass at St. Margaret's Church in Seattle at noon, the celebration at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski at 2:30 pm, admission free, the main program is in Polish.

More: Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home Association website

Nov 10, 2:30 pm: Lecture on Controversies Related to Polish Youth Magazines at the UW

Piotr Nowakowski

The UW Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures presents a lecture The Controversies Surrounding Polish Youth Magazines by Piotr Nowakowski. Dr. Nowakowski is an associate professor at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland. His areas of interest include philosophy of education, pedagogy of mass media, social rehabilitation and social work.


Where: A216 Pedelford Bldg at the UW campus in Seattle, admission free

More: about the lecture at the UW, about Dr. Nowakowski

Nov 7-8, noon - 6 pm: Fall Bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center

The annual fall bazaar features booths with amber and silver jewelry, crafts, Polish books and CDs, Boleslawiec pottery, Polish crystals as well as booths by local Polish-American organizations. Polish Choir Vivat Musica will perform on Sat at 2:30 pm. You can buy Christmas ornaments and wafers (oplatki), Polish pierogi, homemade cakes and enjoy a full course dinner. Also available frozen pierogi and dinners to go. Organized by the Ladies Auxiliary.


Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski, admission free.

More: Irena Kulik, president of the Ladies Auxiliary

Nov 7, 9 am - 3:30 pm: Ethnic Heritage Workshop at the Nordic Heritage Museum

The Ethnic Heritage Council of Seattle presents a workshop on preserving and sharing a heritage. Workshop sessions include a case study on Greeks in Washington, instructions on how to conduct an interview and how to create a compelling storytelling video presentation. Please see this flier for more details.


Where: at the Nordic Heritage Musem; this is a free workshop but please RSVP by email to [email protected] by Nov 5, 2015.

More: Ethnic Heritage Council of Seattle

Nov 5, 3:30 pm: Holocaust Lecture on the Starachowice Factory Camps at the UW

Christopher Browning

The UW Department of History presents a lecture Holocaust History and Survivor Testimony: The Starachowice Factory Slave Labor Camps by Christopher Browning. Dr. Browning is a visiting professor  at the UW and a professor emeritus of Univ. of North Carolina; his books on Holocaust include the ground-breaking Ordinary Men: Reserve Police Battalion 101 and the Final Solution in Poland. Starachowice is an industrial city in central Poland.


Where: Room 120 at the Communications Bldg at the UW campus in Seattle, admission free

More: about the lecture at the UW, about Dr. Browning, Starachowice labor camps

Nov 5 - Till Dec 3:   Exhibition Photographs from Poland and Ukraine at the Gallery4Culture

Gallery4Culture in Seattle presents an exhibition Some Time Later ... I'm Here: Photographs From Poland & Ukraine by Alexander Mouton. Mr. Mouton is a Seattle based artist who spend four yeas living in Berlin. The exhibition features 22 color photographs from Warsaw, Kraków, Łódz and Wrocłąw in Poland and Lviv in Ukraine taken in 2013. The exhibition is open till December 3, 2015.


Where: at the Gallery4Culture in downtown Seattle; admission free, gallery hours are Mon-Fri 9 am - 5 pm, opening / closing on First Thursday is 6-8 pm

More: Mouton exhibition,

Nov 3, 7:30 pm: Motion Trio in Concert at Benaroya

Motion Trio

by Jacek Poremba

Motion Trio is an all accordion group from Krakow that is a world-wide phenomenon both in the classic and modern philharmonic repertoire. The trio includes Pawel Baranek, Janusz Wojtarowicz and Marcin Galazyn. Their program at Benaroya features arrangements of works by Polish contemporary composers such as Witold Lutoslawski, Wojciech Kilar, Krzysztof Penderecki and Henryk Gorecki as well as a prelude and a Mazurka by Frederic Chopin.


Where: at the Illsley Ball Nordstrom Recital Hall at the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall; tickets $20 & $30, discount tickets available for Polish group at the Seattle Symphony or 206-215-4818

More: Motion Trio website, Motion Trio Concert at Benaroya


© 2015  Ryszard Kott

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