25th Annual Lawrence County Polish Day

Celebrate the 25th Annual Lawrence County Polish Day on Sunday, September 27 at Cascade Park Pavilion in New Castle, Pa.

Entertainment this year will be provided by Lenny Gomulka and Chicago, and for the first time in this area, Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze.

Vendors will be on hand with items like Polish pottery from Boleslawiec Poland, wooden and glass eggs, Christmas ornaments, Polish sweets, seasonings, canned goods and more.

Donations will be accepted for the Polish Orphanage “Jutrzenka” located in Bardo, Poland. Since its’ inception, thousands of pounds of toiletries, school supplies, clothing and personal hygiene items have been sent overseas to these children from Polish New Castle. In addition, Polish New Castle has sent over $5,000 to aid in their care. Items are shipped on a quarterly basis throughout the year based on the donations received.

The doors and kitchen open at noon with delicious Polish food prepared by Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church. Admission is only $12 with children 16-and-under free! The dancing starts at 1 p.m.

Proceeds benefit the Polish Americans of Lawrence County Educational Scholarship Fund. To date close to $60,000 has been paid out in scholarship funds.

For more information, contact Rose Marie at 724-658-5916, Gary at 724-752-9988 or Jean at 724-654-6337. For more information, please visit our website at http://polishnewcastle.org.

VP Trish: Have you met our Cultural Commissioner?

A few years ago, Lawrence (Larry) Kozlowski joined the Polish Falcons as our Cultural Commissioner. What a great move that has proven to be! Larry has tons of experience and knowledge which he so graciously shares with all of us.

His workshops have been very successful and all who attend are thrilled! Last year, he was the host of the First Annual Polish Falcons of America Wigilia. The group was so pleased with the program and the reenactment of a traditional Christmas Wigilia. There were quite a few tears as many thought back to their childhoods, their parents and so many wonderful memories. The Wigilia will be held this year on Saturday, December 5. The program will be slightly different this year, but all who attend will be as pleased as they were last year (at least, that is our hope!).

Larry also attends all of our youth events and the kids love him. He engages them and is able to educate them in an entertaining way. This year at camp, he was teaching Polish dancing. When he played the first song, I thought he hit the wrong button. But no, he had a Motown song up first to get the kids moving. His intention was to show the correlation between just dancing and Polish dancing. It worked! Larry can boogie!

Thursday evening, he taught us how to celebrate St. John’s Eve. We were all dressed in togas, wearing wreathes of flowers on our heads (each of the kids had made their own, Shari Pekarovic made mine, thank you!) and carrying a wreath with a candle (there again, I didn’t make mine!). We walked around the huge campfire the older guys had built, as Larry shared the tradition. All then walked to the lake and placed their wreaths in the lake. Surprisingly, the water took them out. Later that night, we were able to see the soft glow off in the distance. Druhna Chris and I each got to release a Sky Lantern that had been signed by all at camp. That was incredible. This was followed by the sharing of the Oplatek. As is usual, there were lots of tears and kind words shared with one another.

Even though not all of us in attendance were of Polish decent, we all enjoyed the Polish traditions. Again, Larry did a fabulous job of explaining and encouraging all to participate!

Larry is available to visit your Nest or District (at our expense) to share his knowledge of the Polish culture. Please contact me if you are interested.