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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center

 


March 2016


Mar 25 & 27   The Polish Cultural Center closed for Easter
Mar 26   Easter Food Basket Blessing in Seattle, Bellevue etc.
  Szymanowski & Beethoven Concert at Banaroya
Mar 20   Celebration of Mazurkas and Frederic's Birthday in Portland
Mar 19   Annual Spring Bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center
  Polish Exchange Program Fundraiser at Barnes & Noble in Olympia
Mar 18   K. Kaminski in Monodrama Milosc jest najwazniejsza in Portland
Mar 12   Annual Spring Cleanup at the Polish Cultural Center
  Duo Klavitarre In Concert at the Polish Cultural Center
Mar 6   Student Chopin Recital at the Polish Cultural Center
  Bronek Czech Memorial Cup on Mt. Seymour / Vancouver, BC
Mar 5   Open House at the Polish Book Club at the Polish Cultural Center
Mar 4   Lithuania, Poland, Russian and International Security at UW
Mar 3   Polish Food and Culture Night at the UW

Szymanowski at Benaroya

Klavitarre

Polish Bazaar


Mar 25 & 27: The Polish Cultural Center Closed for Easter

As is the tradition, the Polish Home is closed on Good Friday, March 25, 2016. The restaurant is also closed on Sunday, March 20, on Easter Sunday, March 27 and on Sunday, April 3, 2016 for the Easter Egg Sharing event..

 

More: Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle

Mar 26: Easter Food Basket Blessing (Święcone)

This is the schedule for blessing of the traditional Easter food baskets in nearby churches on Holy Saturday, March 26, 2016.

 

 Bellevue: Sacred Heart after 9 am morning prayer, St. Louise 2 pm

 Sammamish: Mary Queen of Peace 2 pm

 Seattle:  St. Margaretís 11 am, 12, 1 pm & 2pm, Blessed Sacrament 1:30 pm

 Tacoma: Sts. Peter & Paul, 10 am, 11 am, 12, 1 pm & 2 pm

Mar 26, 2 pm: Szymanowski and Beethoven at Benaroya

Karol Szymanowski

The Seattle Philharmonic presents Beethoven's fourth symphony in a concert that also includes Karol Szymanowski's violin concerto no. 2 for violin and orchestra. The program includes Ottorino Respighi's Rossiniana, Szymanowski's concerto with soloist Evan Hjort and Beethoven's Symphony no. 4 in B-flat. Mr. Hjort, 17, won the 2015 Don Bushell Concerto Competition playing Szymanowski.

 

Where: at the Seattle Symphony at Benaroya Hall; tickets $20 & $30

More: about Szymanowski, Hjort, Concert & Ticket info

Mar 20, 1 pm: Celebration of Mazurkas & Frederic's Birthday in Portland

The Polish Hall in Portland presents Celebration of Mazurkas & Frederic's Birthday - a music, dance, poetry and culinary event. In the program: mazurkas by Polish composers F. Chopin, K. Szymanowski and R. Maciejewski, Polish poetry and a cameo by the Agnieszka Laska Dancers. Last but not least,  Polish mazurka cakes, an Easter tradition, will be served with coffee, tea and fine Polish liqueurs.

   

Where: Polish Hall & Library in Portland, OR;  tickets $15 regular & $10 discounted, include desserts

More: tickets and more info, or contact Agnieszka Laska

Mar 19, noon - 6 pm: Annual Spring Bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center

The Spring Bazaar is an annual event organized by the Polish Women's Club / Koło Pań. The booths upstairs offer Polish crystal bowls and vases, amber and silver jewelry, pottery, crafts, books, Easter eggs and much more. Downstairs you can enjoy traditional Polish dishes served by the young waiters clad in Polish folk costumes. You can also buy home-made desserts and pastries. Polish Choir Vivat Musica! will sing at 2:30 pm.

Volunteers needed: setting up tables on the day before, contact Alisa Lahti.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free
More: for table reservations, please contact Alisa Lahti

Mar 19, 11 am - 6 pm: Polish Exchange Program Fundraiser at B & N in Olympia

Minsk Mazowiecki

coat of arms

The Lacey-Minsk Mazowiecki Sister City Assn and Barnes & Noble invite everybody to a fundraising event supporting the exchange program between Lacey, WA and Minsk Mazowiecki in central Poland. Up to 20% purchase value will be donated! The program includes: 11 am - Passport to Poland Storytime, 12 pm talk about Lacey-Minsk exchange programs, 1 pm talk about Polish culture & history, 2 pm Storytime, 4 pm Lacey exchange students' presentation, 5 pm Famous Polish Places & Food

     

Where: at the Barnes & Noble store in Olympia, WA; admission free; the fundraiser runs 3/19 to 3/24.

More: detailed program, contact Jacek Anuszewski

Mar 18, 7 pm: K. Kaminski in Monodrama Miłość jest najważniejsza in Portland

Krzysztof Kaminski

The Polish Hall in Portland presents Krzysztof Kaminski in a monodrama Milość jest najważniejsza, with poems by Karol Wojtyla and music by Michal Lorenc. Mr. Kaminski is a theatre and film and TV actor known for creating CDs and plays presenting Polish poetry. CD with the monodrama will also be available. This program is in Polish.

 

Where: at the St. Stanislaus Church next to the Polish Hall in Portland, OR; tickets $15 & $10

More: about the actor and the spectacle (PL), for more info please contact [email protected]

Mar 18, 7:30 pm: Documentary Papusza at the Polish Cultural Center - Cancelled

Papusza

This even has been moved to April due to the preparations to the Spring Bazaar. Please visit the Polish Film Club site for more info.

The Polish Film Club KINO OKO presents the documentary Papusza directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze

Mar 12, 9 am - 1 pm: Annual Spring Cleanup at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Home Assn invites all friends of the Polish Home to the annual cleanup party from 9 am to 1 pm, delicious lunch included! This year besides the usual tending to the greenery around the building, the goal is to unload new office furniture and install cabinets and shelving. Please come with your own tools and bring a van or light truck for debris removal. Everyone is invited.

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski from 9 am to 1 pm but drop by when you can for as long as you can - every pair of hands helps! Free lunch served!

More: Polish Cultural Center / Polish Home Association website

Mar 12, 7 pm: Duo Klavitarre In Concert at the Polish Cultural Center

Duo Klavitarre is a musician couple of Joanna Ziemska (piano) and Maciej Ziemski (classical guitar). Both husband and wife are accomplished musicians with solo careers; as a duo, they give concerts since 2003, with the musical range spanning from baroque & classical through romantic to modern. The restaurant & the bar will be open from 5:30 pm.

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; tickets $20 advanced, $25 at the door, $15 youth up to 16 years old. For tickets call Asia Jeziorska at 425-417-9548 or Lucyna Blonska at 206-992- 6821, Jerzy Radka 425-736-5195 or Basia Radka 425-736-9643

More: Klavitarre site; the duo also has a concert in Vancouver on 3/20.

Mar 6, 4 pm: Student Chopin Recital at the Polish Cultural Center

Frederic Chopin

Lilian Szlaga Piano Studio presents an annual piano recital celebrating music of Frederic Chopin. Ms. Szlaga will open the concert with Fantasie-Impromptu op. 66. The program includes mazurkas, nocturnes, preludes, waltzes and polonaises by Chopin performed by the Studio students from 10 to 16 years old. The Polish Home restaurant is open from 1 to 4 pm.

     

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free (donations accepted)

More: detailed 2016 concert program, M. Szlaga Studio, contact Marzena Szlaga

Mar 6, all day: Bronek Czech Memorial Cup on Mt. Seymour / Vancouver, BC

Bronek Czech Memorial Cup / Maly Memorial Bronslawa Czecha is a very popular event organized by the Polonia of Vancouver, BC. This ski and snowboard competition has divisions for children and teenagers of different ages as well as all-family categories. Bronislaw Czech was a famous Polish skier and a WWII underground courier over the Tatra Mountains.

 

Where: On Mt. Seymour, Mount Seymour Provincial Park, Vancouver, BC;

More: online reservation info, or call 604-685-4585 or 604-431-8403, about Bronislaw Czech,

Mar 5, 11 am: Open House at the Polish Book Club at the Polish Cultural Center

by Wojciech Weiss

The Polish Book Club invites everybody who enjoys reading to an open house with or without a book. come to this informal meeting, even with your kids, to chat about your favorite Polish books, novels and poetry, that are good reading. This is a drive for new members so drop by if you like reading to see what this is about!

 

Where: at the conference room downstairs at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle; admission free, in Polish

More: about Polish Book Club

Mar 4, 11:30 am: Lithuania, Poland, Russia and International Security at the UW

M. Laurinavicius

UW Jackson School of International Studies invites to a lecture Lithuania, Poland, Russia and International Security by Marius Laurinavicius. Mr. Laurinavicius is a Baltic-American Freedom Foundation (BAFF) Security Research Scholar  and a leading expert on Russia in Lithuania.

 

Where: at the HUB at the Univ. of Washington campus; admission free

Mr. Laurinavicius has another talk on Russia and the World: A view from Lithuania at 7 pm.

More: Mr. Laurinavicius bio

Mar 3, from 6 pm: Polish Food and Culture Night at the UW

The Foundation for International Understanding Through Students (FIUTS) at the UW presents an event in the quarterly series Global Food and Culture Nights showcasing Poland. Come to enjoy traditional Polish food prepared by UW chefs, hear a Polish choir perform, learn about Poland and meet some people from the country. Also the Polish Choir Vivat Musica will sing at 6 pm at a nearby location.

 

Where: The 8, McMahon Hall at the UW campus in Seattle; admission free, full menu $8.50. The Polish Choir sings at 6 pm at Hagget Hall Gray Lounge.

More: FIUTS event & menu info, or contact Tom Lang (206) 685-6835

 
 

© 2016 Ryszard Kott

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