American Polish Festival and Craft Show

This year’s American Polish Festival and Craft Show will be held July 11-13, 2014, on the grounds of the American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights, MI.

The American Polish Festival draws thousands of festival-goers each year. The festival will feature live band performances, Polish Dance Ensembles, Polish and American food, refreshments, inflatables for the kids and an Outdoor Craft Show.

For crafters, the festival offers a 12’ x 12’ area for the entire weekend, although some charges may apply. Participants will be responsible for their own tables, chairs, fire resistant canopies and fire extinguishers. No electricity will be provided.

Admission to the festival is free, but there is a daily parking fee of $5.00 per car.

For more information, call (586) 731-2866, e-mail americanpolishfestival@yahoo.com or visit http://www.americanpolishfestival.com.

Source: Polonia Media Network

Christmas in Traditional Polish Style e-book

From the author of “Polish Heritage Cookery,” “Polish Holiday Cookery” and “Polish/Polonian Heritage & Lifestyles” comes a book Polonia has long been waiting for: “Christmas in Traditional Polish Style.” Everything you ever wanted to know about Polish-style Yuletide can be found in the pages of this new e-book. It explains how individual customs originated, what they signify, and how they were once, and are currently celebrated in Poland and across our Polish-American community.

The Polish traditions surrounding Advent, visits from St. Nicholas, the podłaźniczka (decorated evergreen bough) and Christmas cribs are all presented in an easy-to-read format. Included are instructions on how to create handmade tree ornaments and practice such customs as the tree of good deeds and the hay of good deeds. Wigilia (Christmas Eve), the highpoint of Polish Yuletide, is particularly elaborated and all its symbols, practices and lore are all clearly explained.

These include the distinctive way the table is set on this one night a year with tufts of hay protruding from under the table-cloth, the evening’s first star, the sharing of opłatek and the special spread of Wigilia delicacies gracing the table. Family caroling and fortune-telling, Midnight Mass and the roving bands of house-to-house carolers who start their rounds on December 26, all come alive in “Christmas in Traditional Polish Style.”

Customs are not only explained but step-by-step instructions are provided on how to re-enact them in a Polish-American setting. You will find the texts to two Polish nativity plays – one bilingual and the other in English – as well as numerous hints on how to hold an opłatek-dinner, pay caroling visits to nursing homes and organize Polish-style New Year’s Eve or Three Kings Day festivities. Also included are caroling songs, prayers and Christmas poems with English translations provided for all the Polish-language texts.

The Kindle version of “Christmas in Traditional Polish Style” costs $3.99 and starting in September 2013 is available exclusively through Amazon.com. Just type in the author’s name (Robert Strybel) to land on the right page.

Those who prefer to read the book on their computer screen can order the PDF version by airmailing a $3.99 (personal or bank) check or money order to:

Robert Strybel
ul. Kaniowska 24
01-529 Warsaw, Poland

Be sure to include your email address so the book can be dispatched to you without delay.