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.

Polish Events in Houston

6th Annual Polish Harvest Festival

Mark your calendar for the Sixth Annual Polish Harvest Festival (Dożynki) in Houston! Polish dancing, food and music!

When: Saturday – Sunday, September 13 – 14, 2014
Where: Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church
1731 Blalock Road. Houston, TX 77080 USA
For more information:
www.forum-polonia-houston.com


Polish MozART Group
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When: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 2014 at 8:00 PM
Where: Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Rd, Stafford, TX 77477, (281) 208-6900
Ticket prices:
Range from $100.00 – $30.00 (Student and Child pricing available.)
For details see: www.forum-polonia-houston.com


Austin Film Society Screens Polish Classic Films in September

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During the month of September, the Austin Film Society (AFS) will be screening four films from the Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema series. AFS and the 2014 Austin Polish Film Festival (APFF) are partnering to screen a total of eight different films from this collection. (The APFF will be screening another four during Oct. 16-19.)

AFS kicks off their September Essential Cinema series with an amazing quartet of Polish films every Thursday at 7:30pm including:
     Ashes and Diamonds by Andrzej Wajda (September 4)
     Blind Chance by Krzysztof Kieslowski (September 11)
     Austeria by Jerzy Kawalerowicz (September 18)
     The Saragossa Manuscript by Wojciech Has (September 25).
Curated by Mr. Scorsese, each film has been digitally re-mastered and brilliantly restored on newly subtitled DCPs. This is the first opportunity for filmgoers in Texas to see these classic Polish films as never before with insightful introductions presented by AFS Director of Programming, Chale Nafus.

Please see: www.austinfilm.org/essential-cinema for film details, times, trailers, and tickets. AFS Essential Cinema is at The Marchesa (6226 Middle Fiskville Road).


Polish Day at the Texas Capitol, September 26, 2014

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A group of four young Polish musicians is taking the world by the storm.
Tekla Klebetnica on their tour of Texas will perform on Friday, September 26, 12- 1pm at the Texas Capitol!!!
There will be more! We expect the “Wawel” dance group from Houston and other Polish groups and organizations to be there too.

When:September 26, 2014 12noon – 1pm
Where:Texas Capitol Building, 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

The “Tekla Klebetnica” band began their career in 2006, when Zygmunt and Ania met playing Polish Highlander music together. Over time, they were interested in looking into other folk music including traditional Polish, Slovakian, Hungarian, Romanian and Gypsy melodies performed in their own arrangements. Each of the four musicians was connected to music since childhood from the ages of 5 and 6 years old. Later, Ania and Marcin studied music at the Music Academy in Katowice and Zygmunt is the only one of the group that is self-taught. In addition, Ania and Marcin grew up with traditional Polish folk music and Zygmunt was a member of an orchestra. They each draw inspiration from their roots. They have played all over Europe including countries such as Ireland, Germany, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Italy, Georgia and Uzbekistan. They have played in many festivals including Taca Dancer, Musicastrada, Sharq Taronalari, Art Gen, The World of Accordion and many others. One of their musical highlights was performing with world gypsy musician and European Star, Maestro Roby Lakatos and his ensemble. In addition, they were featured in Krakow Square for New Year’s Eve with over 1 million people in attendance. Since then, they have performed many more concerts too many to mention.
Listen here:
Concert with Roby Lakatos Ensemble by Polish folk band Tekla Klebetnica.
“O Gwiazdo Betlejemska” by Tekla Klebetnica
2011 Sharq Taronalari UNESCO festival by Kapela góralska Tekla Klebetnica


Polish Language Classes for Children and Adults

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Austin Polish Society is happy to announce that Polish Language Classes for children and adults will restart in September. Tuition will be $275 for the school year. Registration is now open. Limited seats. More Info


Gosia Jurczyńska

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Wstrząśnięci i pogrążeni w smutku zawiadamiamy, że w nocy z piątku na sobotę, 6 września 2014 roku, po siedmiu tygodniach ciężkiej choroby odeszła od nas Gosia Jurczyńska, była wice-prezeska Austin Polish Society, jedna z zalożycielek naszego stowarzyszenia, człowiek o wielkim sercu i uśmiechu, który na zawsze zachowamy w pamięci.
Rodzinie Gosi w Polsce i Marcinowi przekazujemy najszczersze wyrazy współczucia.

Rada Austin Polish Society

It is with profound sadness that we learned about the passing of Gosia Jurczynska last night between Friday and Saturday, September 6, 2014 , after seven difficult weeks of severe illness. Gosia, ex vice-president and one of the founders of the Austin Polish Society, was well liked, respected, and known in her community for her big heart and a wonderful smile – one that we will keep in our memory for ever.
Our deepest condolences go to Gosia’s Family in Poland and to Marcin.

Respectully,
Austin Polish Society Board of Directors


The APS Newsletter for July 2014

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


APS Board of Director Elections – Call for Candidates

Austin Polish Society members interested in joining the APS Board of Directors are encouraged to run in the upcoming Board of Director election that will be held in October. To run in the election, please return the following application to an APS officer by September 1st. APS Board Application


Fundraising Never Tasted So Good!

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Many thanks to all the Draught House Pub patrons, to manager Josh Wilson and to Live Oak Brewery owner, Chip McElroy and Master Brewer Dusan Kwiatkowski for making it possile for the 2014 Austin Polish Film Festival to raise over $1,000 on August 2! Live Oak Brewery brought their Polish style beer Grodziskie to the Draught House Pub. Each tasty pint of this rare beer sold contributed to the 2014 Austin Polish Film Festival.

Thank you for supporting the 2014 APFF !

To see pictures, click on APFF Fundraiser


The Best Pierogi in Texas!

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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!
www.porteraustin.com
See the write-up: draftmag.com


Successful First Summer APS Potluck!

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Thank you to all the APS members, guests, families, children, and Austin newcomers for attending the first APS Potluck at the Lakewood Clubhouse, Sunday, July 27th. About 50 guests came, bringing delicious salads, main dishes, fruits, desserts and music to share.

Thank you to Ania Hand for preparing coffee and tea, Karolina Camara for taking photos and to Zosia and Joseph Hunt for providing the venue for this fun event! Thanks to everyone for attending!


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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