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.

2014 Austin Polish Film Festival

Polish Films – Yesterday and Today Wraps Up!

Thanks to the guests, volunteers, and viewers who helped make the 9th Austin Polish Film Festival – a great success! Five contemporary films including Walesa. Man of Hope, Papusza, One Way Ticket to the Moon, Loving, and Life Feels Good were screened over four days. Four films from the Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema featured The Night Train, The Last Day of Summer, To Kill This Love, and Camouflage. Film details at www.austinpolishfilm.com

Guests Mr. Filip Plawiak, Mr. Zbigniew Banas, Dr. Gil Rappaport, and Dr. Ian Hancock added new dimensions to Polish films and Polish history. Mr. Banas presented live and pre-recorded film introductions for several classic films.

Thanks to our many individual donors, including Thomas and Kathy Jedrzejewicz, Bernadeta Kaminska, Dr. and Mrs. Goldblatt, and Chris and Marzena Knap.

Community business donors included HEB; Chez Nous owner Sybil Reinhart; Patrick Terry, owner of P. Terry’s; and East Side Café (thanks to Colleen and Elaine). Winners of our daily raffle included: Joanna Patzek, Kathy Jedrzejewicz, Marcin Nowicki and Teresa Sek.

Many thanks to our sponsors, The Polish Filmmaking Association, The City of Austin, Cultural Arts Division, The Polish Film Institute, The UT Austin Center for Russian East European and Eurasian Studies, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, Affordable Sound, Draught House Pub and Brewery, Live Oak Brewing Company, Austin Jewish Film Festival, Austin Film Society, N.A.I. Multimedia, and Statesman Media.

Thank you to the many wonderful volunteers, including Ania Hand, Ania Wieczorek, Joanna Gonczar, Basia Kucharska, Kinga Balut, Joseph Poenish, Anna Trela, Promise and Celine (students), Bozena Schmal, Marcin Grzaka, Aleksander Ortynski, Krzysztof Kwiatkowski and Alfred Suski.

The Austin Polish Society thanks all of you for your support!

To see pictures, click on: APFF 2014

Polish Monthly Film Screening – Sunday, November 2, 2014

Jutro idziemy do kina - 1
WHAT: “Let’s Go To the Movies Tomorrow”/”Jutro idziemy do kina”, 2007, dir.Michał Kwieciński, 1 hour 41 min. English subtitles.
WHEN: Sunday, November 2 at 3:30pm
WHERE: Austin Public Library at 5500 Manchaca Road, Tel: 512-974-8700

CONTACT: Joanna Gutt-Lehr at joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com

Please see details here

More Polish Films in Texas…

The Houston 17th Annual Polish Film Festival is scheduled for Oct. 29th – Nov. 2, 2014

More information: www.forum-polonia-houston.com

Consular Visit in Houston – Nov. 5 – 6, 2014

Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles will be conducting consular outreach to the states of our Consular region on selected dates.
Houston visit will take place on November 5-6, 2014 (Wednesday, Thursday). Polish citizens can use this opportunity to apply for passport services.

Please note: Services will be available by appointments only.

More information: www.forum-polonia-houston.com

Polish Day at the Texas Renaissance Festival

Sunday, November 9, 2014 – Join other Poles in celebrating with costumes! Let’s meet at the Polish Pub! Traditionally, those who will wear Polish folk costumes will participate in the parade.

This famous annual festival is held on weekends from October 11 to November 30th. It is located at:
21778 FM 1774, Todd Mission, Texas 77363.
See texrenfest.com for Texas Renaissance Festival details, map, and tickets.

“Ognisko” – Bonfire – Saturday, November 15


Mark your calendar for the APS annual gathering by a bonfire.
Brush up on your repertoire of songs that go well with sausages on a stick, fun, and good company!Bring Family and Friends. Everyone is welcome!

WHAT: Sing, grill sausages on a stick, enjoy nature and camaraderie in the Hill Country. Possibility of camping on site.
WHEN: Saturday, November 15, 4pm – 11pm
WHERE: Camp Ben McCullogh, 18301 FM 1826, Driftwood, TX 78619 across from Salt Lick. BBQ.
COST: To be announced. (Children 12 and below – FREE)

CONTACT: Joanna Gutt-Lehr, email: joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com

More details to come. Event is subject to weather.

The APS Newsletter for July 2014


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

The Best Pierogi in Texas!

Porter Ale House & Gastropub Pierogi
Stopped by the Porter Ale House & Gastropub, 3715-A South First Street and met one of the owners, Joe Bixel, who served up the best potato and cheese pierogi in Texas! Garnished with authentic tangy beet/horseradish and a dill sour cream, and topped with delicious caramelized onions…fantastic! Just like being in Poland! Check this new place out (newly rated as one of the top 15 restaurants in the USA) for a taste of home. Thanks, Joe!
See the write-up: draftmag.com

The University of Texas at Austin Offers First Year Polish

We are happy to announce that this fall, UT-Austin is offering First Year Polish. The instructor is Bernadeta Kaminska, who provided the details at POL 506-Fall 2014 . We encourage anyone who is interested in Polish language instruction (grammar, listening, speaking, reading and writing) and learning more about Polish culture to take this course. There is no prerequisite. Ms. Kaminska is a member of APS and a great teacher!

The registration starts July 7th.

To learn more, please see the attached flyer. If you have questions, please contact Bernadeta at BernadetaKaminska@austin.utexas.edu

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.

First UT-Austin Polish Studies Endowment Scholarship Awarded

Ms. Darcey Holender has been selected by UT Austin CREEES faculty as the first recipient of the UT-Austin Polish Studies Endowment Scholarship. The selection was made based on the applicant’s academic record, her current and future intention to study the Polish language, and her recommendations from her UT instructors.

Ms. Darcey Holender is in her fourth semester of Polish language studies at UT-Austin. Ms. Holender’s major is International Relations and Global Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. Her minor is in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies. Ms. Holender’s award will allow her to attend the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland during the 2014 summer session from June 28th to August 1, 2014, to fulfill requirements for her UT-Austin major, and to deepen her understanding of the Polish language and culture.

During the summer, she will be enrolled in two classes; “Polish intensive language class” (4-6 hours per day) and “Polish in Real Life Situations” (1 ½ hours per day). Her scholarship award will be used to pay for the Jagiellonian University tuition, which includes the two courses, room and board, internet access, and a tutor, if necessary.

Ms. Holender’s career goals include working for the US Department of State.

APS wishes Ms. Holender success on her trip and her studies in Poland and looks forward to hearing about her experience when she returns!

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

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