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.

APS Board Elects 2015 Officers

The Austin Polish Society Board of Directors elected the following officers at the December 4, 2014 board meeting to serve for the year 2015:

President: Angelika Firlej
Vice President: Joanna Gutt-Lehr
Secretary: Art Gmurowski
Treasurer: Karolina Camara

Congratulations and thank you for the willingness to volunteer your service, time, and energy to our great organization and the Austin community!

Officers are nominated based on their track record of successful volunteering and for their outstanding leadership skills. It is a great opportunity and a big responsibility. The APS Board members make a difference in the community.

We want to renew our invitation to all the APS members to stay informed about the organization by attending our monthly board meetings. We welcome your interest and feedback. Please share your ideas and thoughts with us. We meet on the first Thursday of each month (starting in February) at the Carver Branch Library Meeting room at 7pm. In January, the board will meet to discuss and plan the direction and events for the year 2015. You can also pass any comments or suggestions for the APS Board members or officers online by following the link Contact us.

Polish Christmas Traditions

Polish Christmas traditions may vary, but most people in Poland focus on preparing the home for a special family event, Wigilia, a Christmas Eve dinner. “Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia!” That is the way to say “Merry Christmas” in Polish. Among Poles, wherever they are, the most beloved and beautiful of all traditional festivities is that of Christmas Eve. It is then that the Wigilia, or Christmas Eve Dinner is served. It is a solemnly celebrated occasion and revives deep feelings of kinship among family members.

To learn more about the variety of special dishes made for Wigilia, please check some of these links to see some wonderful centuries old recipes. Whether your family recently arrived in Texas or immigrated decades ago, you may recognize some of these favorite dishes. Enjoy!

Polish Christmas TraditionsWigilia RecipesPolish Recipes

Czerwone Gitary w Houston!

Noworoczna niespodzianka i doskonaly prezent pod choinke to bilet na niepowtarzalny koncert Czerwonych Gitar!
3 stycznia, 2015 o godz. 8pm bedzie okazja do zaspiewania pastoralek, koled oraz najwiekszych przebojow z legendarnym zespolem.

WHERE: Sala parafii Matki Boskiej Czestochowskiej, 1731 Blalock Rd, Houston, Tx
INFO : Andrzej Szpak, ph.713-818-5186

APS Ognisko

ognisko 2014
Members and friends of the Austin Polish Society had great fun at our traditional Fall gathering by the camp fire. In spite of the initial drizzle, the weather turned out perfect for singing and grilling Polish sausages over the fire. We all loved the beautiful Hill Country, songs, and camaraderie.

Tadeusz and Henryk – our lead singers and guitarists – helped all of us fill the park with Polish songs. We also enjoyed listening to our Irish friend, Babara, who sang some Irish chanties!
Wojtek Bielecki was a super fire master – you have to see the pictures of these logs he and Ania brought !

Thank you to everyone who helped with the set up and cleaning and who brought food to share. We have such an amazing, friendly, helpful, and responsible group of people.
In particular, thank yous go to: Karolina Camara, Angelika Firlej, Joanna Gutt-Lehr, Ted and Janek Lehr, Jurek Firlej, Joanna Patzek, Renata Szowa, Anna and Darek Wieczorek, Ania and Wojtek Bieleccy, Tadeusz and Henryk Polasik, and everyone who helped make it a fantastic event!

We are looking forward to the next year’s Ognisko!

APS Leadership Changes and Opportunities – A Letter from the President

The Austin Polish Society is making some Board changes and we want to inform our membership and friends about new opportunities.
Please take a few minutes to read the Letter from the APS President.

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 Filmmakers 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

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

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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