Celebrating Polish Heritage, Arts, Culture, and Language

Our Mission:
To encourage, and further knowledge of Polish culture, traditions, history, language, arts, current affairs, and local events through cultural activities, classes, seminars, and any and all appropriate means.
To foster friendly relations between the American and Polish people.

3rd Annual Texas-EU Business Summit

May 1 at Austin’s AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center, Austin, Texas.
Event Helps Texas Businesses Access World’s Largest Economic Zone.
The 3rd annual Texas-EU summit, a business-focused event, seeks to connect Texas business with economic opportunities in the European Union (EU).

The Austin Polish Society is a non-profit Participating Partner in this premier event for Texas businesses, entrepreneurs and economic development professionals seeking to expand their footprint in Europe. Presentations from international speakers, including Polish guest, Mr. Tomasz Sowa, begin at 8:30 am.
For a complete schedule see Summit Schedule

Registration deadline is April 23 and it includes breakfast, all sessions, lunch and a closing reception.
Registration and Summit details are at http://conferences.la.utexas.edu/texaseusummit

If you are a member of the Austin Polish Society, please register online as “member” ($50).

For more information click: The 2014 Texas-EU Summit

Sewn on the Street – Fusebox Event on April 24

Monika Jakubiak (from Poland) and Rebecca Layton (from Austin) are textile artists presenting during the 2014 Fusebox Festival. Come learn about the high human cost of cheap garments and the “fast versus slow clothes” discussion.
When: Thursday, April 24 from 11 am to 2 pm
Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street
Who: Rebecca Layton & Monika Jakubiak

This event is part of the Fuse Box 2014 Machine Shop series. This is a free event. Reservations not required.
Details: www.fuseboxfestival.com/2014-festival
Sponsored by Austin Polish Society. More information: 2014 Fusebox

The 14th Russian Spring Fest – Saturday, April 26

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The Russian Speakers Society of Austin invites you to a great concert featuring two outstanding groups: The Russian Duo, from Cleveland, Ohio and The Flying Balalaika Brothers, Austin.

What: 14th Russian Fest
When: Saturday, April 26 at 7 pm
Where: Unity Church of the Hills, 9905 Anderson Mill Road, TX 78750 (look for the arch)
Cost: $10 and $20

Please see attached: Spring Fest
Ticket discounts are available to members, friends, and family of the Russian Speaker’s Society ($10 for what are normally $20 tickets). Hope to see you at the concert!

Polish Artist Featured in Exhibit

Aga Czech
Local Polish artist, Aga Czech, is featured in an exhibit on Sunday, April 27. APS encourages members and friends to support Ms. Czech and join her at her opening exhibit in Austin.

Who: Aga Czech, artist
What: Teachers Art Show
When: Sunday, April 27, 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Where: Art Plus Academy Art Studio, 8650 Spicewood Springs Rd, Suiye 118, Austin, TX , 78759

Details at Exhibit Flyer

John Paul II – “A Soul For All Seasons”

On April 27, 2014 the Roman Catholic Church will canonize a man, born as Karol Józef Wojtyla in 1920, in Wadowice, Poland, and elected as Pope in 1978. As Pope, John Paul II belonged to the world, but in the beginning he belonged to Poland.
There will be many tributes to this great and holy man and we have included one article (reprinted from The Wall Street Journal, April 21, 2014) written by Mr. George Weigel, a distinguished senior fellow at Washington’s Ethics and Public Policy Center, and the author of the two-volume biography of John Paul II, “Witness to Hope” (1999) and “The End and the Beginning” (2010). More…A Soul for All Seasons

Build Polish Immigration History

flagsMr. Mansoor Sheikh is a Master’s student at the University of Texas at Austin (CREEES) and is currently working on a research project focusing on Polish immigration to the USA between 1977 and 1984. The APS Board requested information to share with APS membership. If you are interested in sharing your immigration story, please contact Mr. Sheikh. Sharing your experience can help build Polish immigration history!

Mr. Sheikh’s contact information, resume and other information is provided at:
Interview Request – Polish Immigrant Experiences
Mr. Mansoor Sheikh Resume

This project has been reviewed and approved by the APS Board.

The 8th Polish Festival – May 3 & 4, 2014 – Houston, Texas

The Best Polish Festival in Texas!

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What: The Houston Polish Festival is a celebration of the food, the music, the language, the customs and the culture of the Polish people.
Where: The Festival, the largest Polish festival in Texas, is held on the grounds of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish located at 1731 Blalock Drive, 1.5 miles north of the Katy Freeway.
When: Saturday, May 3 and Sunday May 4
Cost: $5 per person

Traditional Polish food such as pierogi (stuffed dumplings), golabki (cabbage rolls), bigos (hunter’s stew) and kielbasa (sausage) as well as a huge assortment of traditional cakes and desserts lovingly prepared by our parishioners will be available. Enjoy live Polish music all day on the main stage presented by local artists and musical groups from the parish. Traditional Polish songs will be performed by the church’s youth and adult choirs throughout the day and several musical and dance performances will be presented by the parish’s Polish folk troupe, Wawel.

Please see: www.forum-polonia-houston.com for more details.

3rd Annual Polish Picnic “Majowka” at a new location!!!


Location: Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park, 7000 Ardath St, Austin, TX, 78757
When: Saturday, May 10th from 11am till dark
Cost: Free

Let’s get together for the 3rd APS “Majowka” – a May Polish holiday celebration. Bring your picnic baskets, food for the grill, your family & friends, and your favorite sporting gear. Be ready for lots of outdoor fun!

Park amenities include: Barbeque Pits, Baseball Fields, Basketball Courts, Fishing Piers, beautiful playground for children,Picnic Tables, Swimming Pool, Tennis Courts, Trail (0.7 miles), & Volleyball Courts.
There are 3 picnic areas. Look for red & white balloons.

Please check park web site: Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park

This event is “weather permitting”. Please check web site for updates.
Contact: Angelika at 830-385-5389

Polish Studies Endowment at the University of Texas at Austin – 2014

Please read a 2014 update letter from Dr. Mary Neuburger, Director, Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies regarding the Polish Studies Endowment at the University of Texas at Austin. Endowment Update

Congratulations 2014 Bigos Cook-Off Winners!


The 10th Annual APS Bigos Cook-Off was a great event. There were 11 delicious Bigos entries. The First place winner was Dorota Ziolkowski; 2nd place went to Jo Wozniak, and 3rd place went to Julianna Brannum.
Congratulations and thanks to our winners! All chefs were awarded our famous Bigos Cook-Off aprons. Thanks to Paki Patel for his donation of a prize. Thank you to the Judges for their help in making the difficult choices and thanks to all of our volunteers: Angelika Firlej, Zbyszek Gawron, Renata Szowa, Joanna Patzek, Magda Boudni, Karolina and John Camara, Russell Maughan, and Marek Proga. Thanks to Ania and Sean Hand for arranging the venue at River Park. The event was another great APS success and we appreciate your participation and support for APS!

The APS Newsletter for March and April 2014


To read news about APS and the Polish community click here: New APS Newsletter

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