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  May 31  Honoring Adm. Tumaniszwili in Portland
  May 30  Polish Book Club meeting at the Green Lake Library
 European Festival in Barnaby, BC
  May 23-25  Polish language camp in Yelm, WA
  May 15-20   Movie Katyn at the SIFF Cinema
  May 17   Mother's Day celebration at the Polish Home
  May 16   Polish Folk Extravaganza at the Seattle Central Library
  Disco at the Polish Home  - Cancalled
  May 15   Katyn - lecture, movie & discussion at the SIFF Cinema
  May 10   UW PSEC Reception with Mariusz Kwiecien in Seattle
  May 9   All You Can Eat Pierogi Fest at the Polish Home
  Polish Book & CD Sale at the Polish Home
  May 4   Movie Three Buddies and guests at the Polish Home
  May 3   Third of May celebration at the Polish Home
  May 2   Mariusz Kwiecien in Marriage of Figaro at the Opera
  till May 16   Poznanski painting exhibition at the Kobo Gallery in Seattle

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Polish Folk Extravaganza

Langauage Camp

May 31, from 11 am: Honoring Adm. Tumaniszwili in Portland, OR

Jerzy Tumaniszwili

Polish Ambassador to the United Stated,  Hon. Robert Kupiecki, comes to Portland to honor Mr. Jerzy Tumaniszwili with a promotion to Rear Admiral of the Polish Navy. Adm. Tumaniszwili, 92, is a distinguished WWII veteran, decorated with Virtuti Militari and other orders. He served on the Polish Navy ships (ORP) Burza, Krakowiak and Piorun. Adm. Tumaniszwili lives in Beavercreek, OR, and has had many connections to the Polish community in Seattle.

 

Where: 11 am Mass for WWII veterans at the St. Stanislaus Church in Portland, OR; 12:15 pm the main ceremony at the Polish Hall in Portland; admission free

More: Portland Polonia website

May 30, 10 am: Polish Book Club meeting at  the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is Po sniadaniu by Eustachy Rylski published by Swiat Ksiazki in 2008. Po sniadaniu is a collection of seven intimate essays about literature - books and writers who fascinated the author. Eustachy Rylski is a contemporary writer, playwright and screenwriter.  The book can be bought on the Internet or borrowed from Club members. Club meetings are in Polish.

 

Where: at the Green Lake Public Library in Seattle; admission free

More: about the book, Eustachy Rylski, Polish Book Club

May 30: European Festival in Barnaby, BC

This is the 12th European Festival in Barnaby, BC, between the Canadian border and Vancouver, BC. It features exceptionally strong performance program with a big variety of ethnic folk groups (including Polonez from Vancouver, BC) from 10 am till 8 pm and also exhibits about participating countries, lots of ethnic food, beer garden, arts & crafts and children activities. Organized by the EuroFest BC Society.

 

Where: at the Scandinavian Community Center in Barnaby, BC; tickets $7

More: EuroFest BC Society

May 23-25: Local Polish language camp in Yelm, WA

This becomes a tradition: the Polish School in Seattle organizes a local Polish language camp over the Memorial Day weekend. Children as well as teenagers up to 15 years old can participate, you can also go as a whole family. The program includes language exercises and games, bonfire and more.

 

Where: at the Cascade Camp & Conferene Center in Yelm, WA; price $64 for children 5-11, $124 for parents and teenagers,  $33.75 for younger kids; includes 2 nights and meals; for reservations please contact Ms. Anna Babcock, tel. 206-362-3077.

More: Polish School in Seattle

May 15-20: Movie Katyn at the SIFF Cinema

A special screening on May 15 (see below) includes historical intro and discussion.

 

The 2008 Oscar nominee Katyn (2007) is a moving reconstruction of the Soviet mass murder of Polish military and intellectual POW elite during WWII and its shattering effect on live and politics in post-war communist Poland. Directed by Oscar winner Andrzej Wajda.

  

Where: at the SIFF Cinema at the Seattle Center

More: About movie, pictures from the movie, SPFF, UW PSEC

May 17, 2:30 pm: Mother's Day Celebration at the Polish Home

Polish Scout (ZHP) Troup Kaszuby invites to a Mother's Day celebration at the Polish Home. The program includes performance by the Polish Choir Vivat Musica and poetry recitation by the scouts; coffee & tea as well as pastries and cakes will be served. Separately, the Polish Home restaurant is open from 1 pm to 4 pm as is usual on Sundays.

  

Where: Polish Home, admission free

More: For the Kaszuby Troup, please contact Anna Bieniek

May 16, 2 pm: Polish Folk Extravaganza at the Seattle Central Library

The Seattle Public Library invites to Polish Folk Extravaganza. The program includes concert of lively Polish folk songs by the Polish Choir Vivat Musica directed by Anna Sawicki and a performance of Cracovian and Silesian dances by a youth group Mlodzi Polanie directed by Barbara Strutynski.

 

Where: at the Seattle Central Library, admission free

More: more info Leszek Chudzinski (206) 684-0849

May 16, 9 pm: Disco at the Polish Home - Cancelled

This event has been cancelled as the Polish community mourns Piotr Pawluskiewicz, who died recently.

Organized by Mloda Polonia and Polish Soccer Club of Seattle

More: Polish Home, Seattle Polonia site

May 15, 7:30 pm:  Katyn - lecture, movie and discussion at the SIFF Cinema

This is a special screening with a historical introduction by Prof. James Felak of UW History Department, and also with a Q & A session after the movie with Prof. Felak and Dr. Christina Manetti.

  

The 2008 Oscar nominee Katyn (2007) is a moving reconstruction of the Soviet mass murder of Polish military and intellectual POW elite during WWII and its shattering effect on live and politics in post-war communist Poland. Directed by Oscar winner Andrzej Wajda. Co-presented by SIFF, SPFF and UW PSEC.

  

Where: at the SIFF Cinema at the Seattle Center

More: About movie, pictures from the movie, SPFF, UW PSEC

May 10, 6 pm: UW PSEC reception with Mariusz Kwiecien

Mariusz Kwiecien

Mr. Kwiecien is a young Polish baritone who returns to Seattle to sing in Marriage of Figaro at the Opera. Please see another note on this page for info about that performance. The reception is a fundraiser organized by the UW Polish Studies Endowment Committee to support Polish Studies at the University of Washington.

 

Where: at a private residence in Seattle, by reservation only; donation $100 per person covers a ticket to the Opera on May 9, at 7:30 pm and a reception reservation for May 10; reservations Ewa Poraj-Kuczewska (206) 362-3829 by April 15, 2009

More: Mariusz Kwiecien, his fan site, UW PSEC

May 9, 11:30 am 4:30 pm: All You Can Eat Pierogi Fest at the Polish Home

All you can eat!

 

It's the annual pierogi (Polish dumplings) extravaganza that includes several different kinds of pierogi: meat, potato & cheese, blueberries, plum etc. Free attractions include: song and dance performance, craft workshops (make your own pierogi!), animation movies & children activities. You can eat leisurely, listen to Polish music and have a good time. Also available: beer, wine as well as coffee, soft drinks and homemade deserts (not included in the admission price).

 

Polish Book & CD sale goes at the same time along with Bric-a-Brac sale.

 

Volunteers needed in a variety of positions! Used book and CDs needed for the book sale; bric-a-brack anything wanted, too! Please help making this a fantastic event by volunteering and by donating items to the sales - just bring them in to the Polish Home on Friday or contact Martha Golubiec (206) 935-7535.

 

Where: at the Polish Home - All You Can Eat event at the lower hall; tickets $15 regular, $8 children up to 11; tots up to 3 years old free; additional programs upstairs, admission free

More: Polish Home, 2009 Pierogi Fest program, volunteer opportunities

May 9, noon - 4 pm: Polish Book & CD Sale at the Polish Home

This event that is a part of the Pierogi Fest features usually a lot of new and second-hand books and albums in Polish, bi-lingual or in English on Polish topics as well as Polish CDs and DVDs - most at very affordable prices!

   

Where: at the Polish Home upper hall; admission free

More: Polish Home asks for donations of books, CDs and DVDs for the sale. Please bring them to the PH on Friday night and leave them at the gate or call Martha Golubiec (206) 935-7535.

May 4, 7:30 pm: Movie Three Buddies and guests at the Polish Home

The Polish Home invites to a screening of the movie Three Buddies / Trzech kumpli directed by Ewa Stankiewicz and Anna Ferens and to a meeting with the co-directors. The movie (2008, 106 min) tells a true story of three dissident buddies, one of them Staszek Pyjas, and their different fates in 1970s Poland and later; it has won several awards including a Polish Pulitzer for 2008.

 

Where: at the Polish Home; in Polish with English subtitles, admission free, donations towards cost of screeing & guests appreciated

More: about the movie, Ewa Stankiewicz, Anna Ferens

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

By Jan Matejko

The 3rd of May celebration at the Polish Home marks the anniversary of the first Polish constitution, which was enacted on May 3, 1791. The program includes performances by students of the Polish School in Seattle, the youth group Mlodzi Polanie and the Polish Choir Vivat Musica. The restaurant at the Polish Home is open from 1pm to 4 pm as usual on Sundays.

 

Where: at the Polish Home; admission free; in Polish

More: about the Constitution, Constitution source

May 2-17: Mariusz Kwiecien in Marriage of Figaro at the Opera

Mariusz Kwiecien

Mr. Kwiecien is the brilliant Polish baritone who returns to Seattle to sing as Count Almaviva in Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at the Seattle Opera. Every visit of Mr. Kwiecien to Seattle is a triumph; not only did he sing to rave reviews, he also won the Seattle Opera Artist of the Year award for the 2006/2007 season for his Giovani, so don't miss him!

  

Where: Seattle Opera at McCaw Hall; please double-check with the Opera if Mr. Kwiecien is scheduled on day you are interested in

More: Marriage of Figaro in Seattle, Mariusz Kwiecien, his fan site,

Till May 16: Poznanski paintings at the Kobo Gallery in Seattle

Kazimierz Poznanski is a professor at the University of Washington, a painter with exhibit in China and Canada and an art collector with interest in Chinese art & culture. His exhibition North End Lands at the Kobo Gallery in the International District features about 15 paintings made with traditional Chinese paint on a rice paper.

 

Where: at the Kobo at Higo Gallery; admission free. The exhibition is open from April 10 till May 16, 2009.

More: about Kazimierz Poznanski and his Chinese interests

 
 

2009  Ryszard Kott

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