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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center


July 2017

July 30   SGSCA Picnic at the Alki Beach Park
July 8   Polish Festival at the Seattle Center
July 1   Remembering Polish Fallen Heroes at the Polish Cultural Center
July   Polish Cultural Center Open in July

July 30, noon - 4 pm: SGSCA Picnic at the Alki Beach Park

Picnic on the beach with spectacular mountain views! Everyone is invited - individuals and families, members and guests - to celebrate the summer at the yearly picnic of the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Assn. Come to learn about upcoming SGSCA activities and to socialize with other Polish-Americans while munching on roasted kielbasa and other delights and enjoying a day on a beach.


Where: the Alki Beach Park in Seattle, shelter #1 (on the beach); admission free, food and drink but please bring a dish of your favorite picnic food to share

More: SGSCA, or contact Gail Wodzin

July 8, 11 am - 7 pm: Polish Festival at the Seattle Center / Armory & Mural Amphitheatre

The 6th annual Polish Festival Seattle is part of the big ethnic festival series at the Seattle Center, known as Festal. The venue is again the Armory and the Mural Amphitheatre. The Festival focus this year is on the Upper Silesia region (Górny Śląsk) that is the industrial heart of Poland. Attractions include: live performances by: folk groups including Karpaty (Salt Lake City) and Piast (Las Vegas), modern dance group Agnieszka Laska Dancers (Portland, OR), Yazda! band (Portland), Parno Drom band (Vancouver, BC) and Matt Strutynski Band, a Chopin piano concert, exhibits: about Upper Silesia, Solidarity and military-historical; cooking demos and workshops, children’s activities and more. New this year: vodka tasting! Vendor booths offer Polish glass art, hand-crafted pottery, crystal, jewelry, and paper cut-cut art. Also available: plenty of great Polish food and a beer garden.

Update: photo gallery with pictures from the event.


The Festival still needs volunteers for late afternoon and evening shifts, specifically for food court, baked goodies and children activities. A free festival T-shirt and food tickets for 3+ hours of volunteering!


Where: Armory & Mural Amphitheatre at the Seattle Center in Seattle; admission & entertainment free

More: Polish Festival on facebook; for PR please contact Teresa Davis

July 1, 6 pm: Remembering Polish Fallen Heroes at the Polish Cultural Center

Michael Reagan

This event honors sixty six Polish Army soldiers who died fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the NATO forces and it is also a closure for the Polish Fallen Heroes Project organized by Robert Michalak that presented the heroes' portraits to the families in Warsaw in December 2015. Keynote speakers include: artist Michael Reagan, recipient of the Civilian Medal of Honor who drew the portraits, Lt. Col. Karol Sobczyk, Assistant Military Attaché, Polish Embassy, Washington, DC and Robert Michalak, US Army veteran. Update: pictures from the ceremony.


Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free, in Polish w/ English subtitles

More: event poster, about Fallen Heroes Warsaw ceremony

July: The Polish Cultural Center Open in July

The Polish Cultural Center is open on Friday nights in July but it is closed on Sundays. It will be closed for the yearly summer break in August.


More: Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle


© 2017  Ryszard Kott

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