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Polish Festival

at the Seattle Center

 


April 2017


Apr 30   Easter Egg Sharing at the Polish Cultural Center
Apr 29   Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library
Apr 24   Writer Eva Stachniak Reads at Third Place Books
Apr 23   Celebration of Mazurkas & Piano Concert in Portland
Apr 22   Crown the Eagle Polish Heritage Festival in Portland
Apr 21   Movie Gods by L. Palkowski at the Polish Cultural Center
Apr 19 & 20   Consular Visit to Seattle at the Polish Cultural Center
Apr 14 & 16   Polish Cultural Center Closed for Easter
Apr 15   Easter Food Basket Blessing in Seattle, Bellevue etc.
Apr 9   Presentation A Visit to Presov in Carpathian Mtns at the Polish Cultural Center
Apr 8   Annual Polish Spring Bazaar at the Polish Cultural Center
Until Apr 7   Exhibition Wooden Sacred Architecture of Poland in Olympia
Until Apr 5   Movie The Zookeeper's Wife by Niki Caro at a Theater Near You
Apr 2   Spring Market and Entertainment at Sebi's
  Mass Commemorating Katyn and Smolensk at the Polish Church
  Polish School's Annual Children Party at the Polish Cultural Center
  Movie Big Sonia by Leah Warshawski at the Jewish FF

Puppet Theatre

Spring Bazaar

Zookeeper's Wife


Apr 30, 2:30 pm: Easter Egg Sharing & Egg Hunt at the Polish Cultural Center

A traditional meeting of members & friends of the Polish Home with sharing of the Easter eggs and a dinner; Fr. Andrzej Galant, the pastor at the Polish Parish in Seattle, will be present. The program includes an Easter Egg Hunt so come with your children to have some Easter fun. Polish Home Assn. provides most of the food such as cold meat cuts, but please bring a salad or pastry to share 

 

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

More: Polish Home

Apr 29, 11 am: Polish Book Club Meeting at the Green Lake Library

The book for the meeting is again Skoruń by Maciej Płaza, published by WAB in 2015. Dr. Płaza, 41, is a writer and translator; his PhD dissertation was about Lem's cognizance. Skoruń is about coming of age of a country boy in 1980s Poland shown through seven different stories narrated by the title hero. The book won the Kościelski award and the Gdynia Literature award and was nominated to the Nike awards. This is an open meeting, drop by even if you haven't read the book.

 

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

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

Apr 24, 7:30 pm: Writer Eva Stachniak Reads at Third Place Books

Eva Stachniak is a Polish born and raised author living in Canada, with a PhD in literature from McGill University. Her book The Winter Palace won the Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year award and made The Washington Post's most notable fiction list in 2012. The Chosen Maiden is a vivid novel depicting the life of the famous Polish ballet dancer and choreographer Bronislava (Bronia) Nijinska, the sister of the great Vaslav Nijinski (Wacław Niżyński).

 

Where: at Third Place Books at Seward Park in Seattle; admission free

More: Eva Stachniak site

Apr 23, 1 pm: Celebration of Mazurkas & Piano Recital in Portland

The Polish Hall in Portland presents Celebration of Mazurkas and Piano Recital by Joanna Różewska - a music and culinary event. In the program: mazurkas by Polish composers including Chopin and  Szymanowski. 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: Please contact Agnieszka Laska

Apr 22, from 12 noon, all day: Crown the Eagle Festival in Portland

The McMenamins White Eagle Saloon in Portland presents Crown the Eagle Festival -  a Polish Heritage Party. The program includes a history talk, folish food, vodka tasting, live performances by Chervona band at 1:15 pm and Yazda at 4 pm, Polish School students performance at 12:30 pm, presentation on Polish History & Cultural Traditions at 2 pm and Agnieszka Laska Dancers at 3:15 pm with party going till late hours.

   

Where: McMenamins White Eagle Saloon in Portland, OR;

More: 2017 program

Apr 21, 7:30 pm: Movie Gods by L. Palkowski at the Polish Cultural Center

The Polish Film Club Kino OKO presents the movie Gods / Bogowie directed by Lukasz Palkowski. This very vivid and dynamic bio of the famously rebellious and effective cardio surgeon Professor Zbigniew Religa was the best movie of the 2014 Gdynia FF, sweeping several awards, including the Best Actor for Tomasz Kot. Prof. Religa and his team performed the first successful heart transplant in Poland in 1985.

Evening schedule: 7:30 pm socializing & film intro, 8:00 pm screening 

 

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

More: the movie, the Club site

 Apr 19 & 20: Consular Visit to Seattle at the Polish Cultural Center

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles kindly informs that the consular visit to Seattle, only to process passport applications, is scheduled for April 19 & 20, 2017. The Consul will be available at the Polish Cultural Center by reservation only, 9 am to 5 pm on Wednesday and 9 am to 3:30 pm on Thursday. To make a reservation send an email to losangeles.kg.paszporty@msz.gov.pl stating your name, DOB, the PESEL number and a preferred time.

   

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle, WA; reservations required.

More: info about the visit in Seattle (PL), the Consulate passport info

Apr 15: Easter Food Basket Blessing (Święcone)

This is the schedule for blessing of the traditional Easter food baskets in nearby churches on Holy Saturday, April 15, 2017.

 

 Bellevue: St. Louise at 2 pm

 Sammamish: Mary Queen of Peace at 2 pm

 Seattle:  St. Margaret at 11 am, 12, 1 & 2 pm, Blessed Sacrament at 1 pm

 Tacoma: Sts. Peter & Paul at 11 am, 12, 1, 2 & 7:15 pm

Apr 14 & 16: The Polish Cultural Center Closed for Easter

As is the tradition, the Polish Home is closed on Good Friday, April 14, 2017. The restaurant is also closed on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017.

 

More: Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski in Seattle

Apr 9, 2 pm: Presentation A Visit to Presov in Carpathian Mtns at the Polish Cultural Center

Church in Dobroslava

The Carpatho-Rusyn Society, Pacific NW branch invites you to a presentation A Visit to the Presov Region of the Carpathian Mountains by Bonnie Burke and Patricia Krafcik. Ms. Burke and Dr. Krafcik will share experiences and photos from the International Summer School of Rusyn Language and Culture in Presov, Slovakia. The Rusyn or Ruthenians are known as Lemkos on the Polish side of the mountains.

  

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free, food sold separately

More: about Rusyn / Ruthenian / Lemko language, for more info contact Leslie or call 206-295-4425

Apr 8, noon - 6 pm: Annual Polish 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. Update: Spring Bazaar picture gallery

Volunteers needed: setting up tables etc. on April 6 & 7, please contact Barbara Augustyniak

 

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free
More: Spring Bazaar leaflet, for table reservations or more info please contact Barbara Augustyniak

Until Apr 7: Exhibition Wooden Sacred Architecture of Poland  in Olympia

by M. Chabarowski

The Gallery at the South Puget Sound Community College presents an exhibition Wooden Sacred Architecture in the Republic of Poland (1918-1945) featuring drawings by Polish artist Marek Chabrowski. documenting the sacred wooden structures of Poland before WWII. Presented in partnership with the Lacey-Minsk Mazowiecki Sister City Assn. Opening reception at 6 pm on March 25, 2017 before the Chopin concert with pianist Jacek Nazarczuk.

     

Where: at The Gallery at the SPSCC campus in Olympia; admission free; .

More: for more info contact Paul Perz of Lacey-Minsk Maz. Sister City Assn.

Until Apr 5: Movie The Zookeeper's Wife by Niki Caro at a Theater Near You

This movie goes into general release now so check your local theatre. The Zookeeper's Wife directed by Niki Caro stars Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain in the title role. The film tells the story of the Warsaw Zoo director Dr. Jan Żabiński and his wife Antonina who saved lives of hundreds of Jews by hiding them at the Zoo during WWII. The film is based on the book by Diana Ackerman under the same title.

 

Where: I found it listed at AMC Pacific Place 11 in Seattle, Lincoln Square in Bellevue, AMC Alderwood Mall 16 in Lynwood; I am sure it is screened in other places.

More: movie info at SJFF page

Apr 2, 11 am - 7 pm: Spring Market & Entertainment at Sebi's

During this all day event, you can purchase goods, see movies and eat lunch or dinner. Invite a friend or two! Vendors will be selling: polish donuts, blueberry buns, traditional polish cakes, pierogi (frozen), sausage, dry sausage, polish Easter sweets, traditional jewelry and home décor manufactured in Poland and much more! Movies: Shrek at 11:30 am & 2:30 pm, and Planet Single / Planeta Singli at 5 & 7 pm.

 

Where: at the Sebi's Bistro in Seattle; Polish movie w/ English subtitles

More: poster, event facebook page, for more info contact Kamila or call 206-420-2199.

April 2, 12 noon: Mass Commemorating Katyn and Smolensk at the Polish Church

Katyn Monument, Seattle

The Polish Parish in Seattle invites everybody to the Holy Mass in the intention of Poland commemorating the 77th anniversary of the WWII Katyn massacre of Polish officers as well as the 7th anniversary of the catastrophe in Smolensk where President Kaczynski perished together with members of the Polish political and military elite.

Similar event at the Polish Parish and the Polish Veterans Assn (SPK) in Vancouver, BC is on April 9.

 

Where: St. Margaret’s Catholic Church in Seattle, admission free

More: for more info please contact Aldona Bazant

Apr 2, noon - 4 pm: Polish School's Annual Children Party at the Polish Cultural Center

Smok Wawelski

by Puppet Theatre Jester

The Polish School in Seattle invites all kids to its annual children party and fundraiser. The party is free and the main attraction is the Puppet Theatre Jester from Maple Ridge, BC with two performances Szewczyk Dratewka (in Polish) and The Legend of the Wawel Hill / O smoku wawelskim (in English). Other attractions include palemki and pisanki workshops and children activities. Also available, a delicious dinner and desserts prepared by the parents. Update: a picture gallery from the event

  

Where: at the Polish Cultural Center Dom Polski; admission free, food sold separately

More: event flyer, about puppet theatre for more info, please contact Maria Grabowska, also at 425-271-3669

Apr 2, 6:40 pm: Movie Big Sonia by L. Warshawski at SJFF

2017 Seattle Jewish Film Festival presents the movie Big Sonia directed by Seattleite Leah Warshawski. The movie tells a story of Sonia Warshawski - a diminutive lady with a big spirit and a holocaust survivor who always looks towards the future. Both Sonia and her daughter director Leah will be present at the screening with some other members of the Warshawski family.

Additional free screening on April 3, at 3:30 pm.

 

Where: at the Stroum Jewish Community Center on Mercer Island

More: movie info at SJFF page, movie site

 
 

© 2017  Ryszard Kott

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