TH A N K YO U TO O U R 2011 P O LISH FEST SP O NSO R S:
MAJOR SPONSORS MEDIA PARTNERS Fran Wasielewski CHOPIN yOuTH PIANO
MillerCoors MPTV Friends Dr. Kenneth Wisniewski, D.D.S. COMPETITION SPONSORS
Potawatomi Bingo Casino The Onion Pat & Ron Witkowiak Mallard Creations
Sobieski Vodka Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Brew City Gear
AirTran Airways CIRCLE OF FRIENDS Polanki, the Polish Women’s Cultural
Jim & Janet Rydlewicz
GOLF CART SPONSORS
ABCO Builders Corporation
Catholic Financial Life
Club of Milwaukee
Polish Fest 2011 Recap
Direct Supply Clare Gaouette By Sarah Vitale, Polish Fest Director
Steinway Piano Gallery of Milwaukee President’s Message . . . . . 2
SPONSORS Alderman Joe Dudzik – 11th District Jerry & Debbie Halkoski
Polish Fest 2011 is now wrapped up, and
Braeger Automotive Economy TV Darryl Kaminski Fall Events. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
our 30th Festival turned out to be a
Harley-Davidson Jack Norman Catering Tod Poremski Classes & Workshops. . . . 5
wonderful celebration of Polish culture
Jerry Meidl Tom & Nina Krukowski Michael Skwira In the Gallery. . . . . . . . . . . . 5 and heritage in Milwaukee. Not even a
Klement’s Sausage, the Oﬃcial M&F Industrial Supply, Inc. Casey Szulc
Champagne Brunch little rain during the Sunday Mass could
Sausage of Polish Fest Max A. Sass & Sons Funeral Home and Holiday Bazaar . . . . . 6 keep thousands of patrons away from
von Briesen & Roper, S.C. Papas Bakery PATRONS & OTHER FRIENDS
Polish Bulletin Board . . . . . 7 America’s largest Polish celebration.
Gruber Law Oﬃces Poblocki Paving Corporation Alvin & Shirley Czysh
WaterStone Bank SSB Polanki, the Polish Women’s Cultural Peter Warenda Polish Fest Sponsors . . . . . 8 Polish Fest guests were met with our
Pepsi Club of Milwaukee fabulous Cultural Village, organized by
Deanna Weiss Roman Electric IN-KIND SPONSORS Polanki, the Polish Women’s Cultural Club
Weiss Berzowski Brady LLP Rookie’s Sports Club Italian Community Center of Milwaukee. Exhibits this year featured
Polanki, the Polish Women’s Cultural Rozga-Schutte-Wallach Funeral Home Jack Norman Catering the Kwasniewski Photography Collection
Club of Milwaukee Sil’s Mini Donuts and history of Polonia in Milwaukee, as
Wilson Park Beverage Mart Sobieski Vodka (2) MASS SPONSOR well as the Beatification of Pope John
St. Luke’s Health Science Oﬃce von Briesen & Roper, S.C. Alderman Terry Witkowski THE POLISH Paul II and the history of our festival.
CONNECTION Festival attendees also enjoyed Polish folk
is a newsletter artists demonstrating traditional crafts
for donors and friends and watched as local Polish artists created
published quarterly art works en plein air. Live presentations,
by genealogy, Polish speakers and cooking
Polish Heritage demonstrations in the Taste of Polonia
tent rounded out Polish Fest’s cultural
Alliance, Inc. experience.
6941 S. 68th Street
Franklin, WI 53132 New to Polish Fest this year was our
Phone: Sobieski Vodka Lounge. It provided a
414-529-2140 place for festival goers to sit down and
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414-529-1055 many flavored Sobieski products. The
sponsorship of Sobieski Vodka helped to
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attendance at the scheduled Vodka
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www.polishfest.org liquor. Tyskie Beer returned this year
with a special shipment of the Polish
••• brew brought in for our festival. A
EdItors plethora of Polish and American food
Janine Adamczyk vendors also provided this year’s festival
with a variety of traditional, creative and
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The Sukiennice Marketplace was
PAID Monika Sobierajski overflowing with a variety of vendors, featuring Polish Fest souvenirs, Polish goods, crafts and the popular
US Postage Stacy Mallak
ORGANIZATION 6941 S. 68th Street • Franklin, WI 53132-8237 Bolesławiec pottery. Once again the Mały Sklep, Polish Fest’s “little store,” featured canned and packaged
NONPROFIT Polish Heritage Alliance, Inc. graPhIc dEsIgn Polish grocery goods for those attendees wanting to take a taste of the festival home with them.
POLISH FEST 2011 RECAP CONTINUED ON PAGE 4
President’s Message POLISH BULLETIN BOARD
Here are some upcoming events being hosted by Polish organizations this fall:
Wow! Summer is almost over. How quickly it flew by! We had an almost perfect Polish Fest weekend but it
BOARD OF wouldn’t be Polish Fest without a little rain. Fortunately for us, it only rained during Mass. Father Michael
DIRECTORS Hammer said he would keep talking until the rain stopped. When he stopped talking the rain stopped,
the skies cleared, and we opened the gates. Sunday’s Polish Fest turned out to be another great day. Milwaukee Society of the Polish National Alliance
President Overall, we had three days of good weather, delicious food, fantastic entertainment, a wonderful cultural Polanki 12th Annual Annual Pulaski Day Banquet
exhibit and cultural village, and increased attendance. Preliminary numbers indicate the festival will make
over $40,000 in net profit. Congratulations to Sarah Vitale, Festival Director, the managing committee, the Polish souP FestivAl Honoring Michele St. Marie-Boelkow
Dennis Cimpl festival chair people and all the volunteers who donated their time and energy to making the event Sunday, October 9, 2011 Sunday, October 9, 2011
Treasurer successful and fun. Without each of you, the festival would not have come together. Thanks to all who 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. At the Polish Center of Wisconsin
Mary Jo Swider attended our 30th Annual Polish Fest and for making it a success! Norway House $45 per person
We partnered with the Milwaukee Society Lodge 2159 of the Polish National Alliance for our Golf Outing 7507 W. Oklahoma Ave. For more information or to make reservations,
David Borowski this year. It was held on July 14 at Muskego Lakes Country Club with dinner at the Polish Center. This event please contact Janine Adamczyk at 414-550-3098.
Julie Brzezinski was a success with over 90 golfers and 115 for dinner! We had a beautiful day for golf and a great
Joe Dudzik evening showcasing our beautiful building. Thank you to Jim Sass, Mike Kaiser, Marv Kremski, Tom 7 different soups will be available
Diane Holytz Kaminski, ron Witkowiak and Dan Miller for all your help in coordinating this event. Thank you to Pat and wisconsin Polish AmericAn congress
Michael Krass ron Witkowiak for selling raﬄe tickets; Heidi Dietrich for putting together the silent auction; and Tom THERE WILL BE 2 SEATINGS:
Michele St. Marie- rasmussen for conducting the voice auction. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Annual Polish independence Day/
Boelkow and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Veterans Day luncheon
The Polish Beer Tasting on July 15 had over 250 people enjoying 18 Polish beers and a sumptuous buﬀet
at a bargain price of $22. Many of those attending had never been to the Center before but picked up sunDAy, noVember 13, 2011
Andy Wasielewski Seating is limited At the Polish Center of WisConsin
Fran Wasielewski, flyers for upcoming events!
and by reservation only This year we honor Milwaukee’s Lt. Col. Ernest Litynski,
Immediate As I mentioned in my last report, the cell tower contract was signed and we received two checks from U.S. Capt. Brent Tadych and Sgt. Glen Ramski for their
Past President Cellular for two option terms. U.S. Cellular has been developing upgrades for high speed on its existing For more information service to our country in Iraq and Afghanistan.
sites but they believe the new sites will break free in the upcoming months and ours is on the list. They call Geraldine at (414) 541-2433 luncheon: $30 • reservation Deadline: nov. 1
VOLUNTEER have come to us to for an option extension which will provide additional revenue until U.S. Cellular
or visit www.polanki.org for details, contact Don Pienkos at 414-332-6289
COORDINATOR releases full funding for the new sites.
Diane Holytz At our May general membership meeting we informed you of our fund campaign lead by Conrad
Kaminski. We are making good progress with the quiet phase of our campaign. The Polish Heritage
Alliance, Inc. has been collecting on past pledges and received a few insurance policies. A couple of If your organization has an event you would like included in the Polish Bulletin Board, please mail, fax or email us
STAFF people indicated they are putting us in their wills for substantial amounts. In addition, we are also at The Polish Center of Wisconsin. Our contact info is inside the front page of the newsletter.
Sarah Vitale emphasizing membership and family foundation donations.
Polish Fest Director
Our dedicated Cultural Committee is again planning a great fall series of events for us to enjoy: SMOKE-FREE Are you looking for a place
Tom rasmussen – Mushroom Madness on September 11 with free admission and a Mushroom Crafts workshop
Banquet & Facility Manager series which is new this year;
to hold your holiday party?
Heidi Dietrich – Polish Language classes, Fall Cooking classes and Christmas Ornament workshops Need a room for a
Administrative Assistant – A Concert of Polish Music by Philomusica Quartet on October 3
EVERY WEDNESDAY meeting or seminar?
– Tom Gapinski, Dr. Filmanowicz and others perform a Concert of Polish Music on November 13.
Facility Custodian & – And last but not least, the always popular Holiday Bazaar on December 4.
Monthly Card Games NIGHT Give us a call at
There’s something for everyone to experience and enjoy. Make sure you check out one or more of the at The Polish Center POLISH CENTEr OF WISCONSIN
The Polish Center!
Christine Hauck great fall events that the Cultural Committee has scheduled for us. Thank you Cultural Committee for your
Accountant 1st & 3rd Thursday of the Month 6941 S. 68th Street • Franklin Banquet and meeting
commitment all year long. We really appreciate your time and eﬀort!
Starts at Noon facilities available for
hours Congratulations to Heidi and Derek Dietrich on the birth of their son, Dylan Lee Dietrich. Dylan was born DOOrS OPEN AT 4 P.M. groups of 10 to 250
on July 18th at 6:51 p.m., 8 lbs, 22.5 inches long. Mom and baby are doing great as is dad! Welcome Stacy Free and Open to the Public Early Bird Bingo for $1,200 at 6 p.m. for parties, weddings,
oFFIcE: Mallak as she fills in for Heidi while Heidi is out on maternity leave.
Monday-Friday Optional $8 Lunch on 1st Thursday regular Session Bingo for $1,200 banquets, showers,
9 AM-5 PM Our Executive Director LeAnn Launstein is no longer with the Polish Center. We wish her all the best. We Cash Bar at 7:30 p.m. meetings, and much
or by appointment have begun looking for a replacement. ALL SOFT CArDS more!
Card clubs and bridge groups are
The annual Volunteer Thank You Party was held on August 28. We hope you were one of the almost 300 welcome! Individuals may join a table Sponsored by
lIbrary: Contact us today at
attending as it was a great event. The food was delicious and there were over 100 door prizes given away upon arrival. Play sheepshead, poker Polish Heritage Alliance, Inc.
Tuesday 12-2 PM including Air Tran airline tickets. We can’t begin to thank our volunteers enough for their time and 414-529-2140
Wednesday 6-8 PM dedication. We don’t say it often enough but your participation helps us in countless ways and we truly and more. Proceeds benefit for details on how we
during Center events appreciate your commitment to the Polish Heritage Alliance. For more information, The Polish Center of Wisconsin. can accommodate you
or by appointment Janine Adamczyk Call 414-529-2140 for more information. for your next event.
PrESIDENT, POLISH HErITAGE ALLIANCE
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philoMusica string Quartet
SuNDAY, SEPTEMbER 11, 2011
9:30 A.M. To 4 P.M.
We will be partnering again with the
Wisconsin Mycological Society to present
this very popular event.
Demonstrations • Speakers
Vendors selling mushroom-related items
Monday, october 3, 2011 • 7:30 p.M.
SUNDAY, DECEMBEr 4, 2011 “INSPIRED BY NATURE” • Karol Szymanowski, String Quartet No. 1 in C Major Opus 37
Juried Art Exhibit - See page 5 for details • Henryk Górecki, String Quartet No. 1 Opus 62 “Already it is Dusk”
Shop from 10 am until 2 pm • Fryderyk Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 1 (string quartet version)
with guest pianist Winston Choi
champagne brunch served from 10 am until 1:30 pm FrEE ADMISSION ~ OPEN TO THE PUBLIC “The Philomusica [Quartet] sounds…like a collegial foursome; pleasure in the act of
making music among friends glows through everything I’ve heard violinists Jeanyi Kim
and Alexander Mandl, violist Nathan Hackett and cellist Adrien Zitoun play…”
-Tom Strini, Third Coast Digest, February 7, 2010
PhA Members: $15.50 open to Free You are cordially invited to a meet-the-artist reception after the concert
the public Admission
non-members: $17.50 ADMISSION: $22 general admission, $20 for PHA members,
Made-to-Order Omelets, carved ham, children 6-12: $7.50
$12 for students; $2 discount for tickets purchased in advance.
Polish Sausage, Smoked Salmon, Pierogi, children 5 and under eat free
Breakfast Potatoes, An exciting evening of
creamed cucumber with dill (Mizeria),
Assorted rolls & Bread, Fresh Fruit,
reservations are recommended
for groups of 6 or more.
Sunday, October 23, 2011
Noon to 4 p.m.
Mostly Polish Music
Pączki & Assorted Pastries, Sunday, November 13, 2011 • 7:00 PM
Arts & crAFts • storytelling • gAmes • Food
coffee, tea, Milk, Assorted Juices, For more information e Polish Center of Wisconsin
Folk dAnce with the
Glass of champagne and Much More! please call 414-529-2140 syrenkA children’s polish Folk dAnce ensemble ProgrAM:
shop our store For Polish Dance Suite
children’s items From polAnd Polish Capriccio
Fun for the Entire Family! Partita
Tom Gapinski, Trzy Piosenki
Polish Blown Glass Ornaments ✦ Bolesławiec Pottery Dmitri Shostakovich, Quartet #8
Fryderyk Chopin, Fantasy on Polish Airs
Amber Jewelry ✦ Books
Imported Polish Food ✦ Gift Items ✦ And More! Shannon O'Leary, violin
November 4 • 7-10 p.m. Erin Dupré Jakubowski, violin
Free And OPen tO the PuBlIc! featuring samples of a variety Tom Gapinski, piano
of Polish vodkas, a buffet of and
Polish and American foods and String Quartet:
POLISH CENTEr OF WISCONSIN a cash martini menu. Dr. Ed Filimanowicz, violin
Fr. Mike Zeps S.S, violin
6941 S. 68th Street • Franklin, WI 53132 Admission is $23 in advance,
Harriet Briski, viola
Located between rawson Avenue & Loomis road $25 at the door. Jane Anello, cello
Designated drivers are $15.
414-529-2140 • www.polishcenterofwisconsin.org PATRONS MUST be 21 OR OlDeR.
TiCkeTS: $10 iN AdvANCe, $12 AT The door;
$2 diSCouNT for PhA MeMberS; $5 STudeNTS WiTh vAlid i.d.
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PoLISH FEST RECAP Con’t. from pg. 1
Our 13th Annual Chopin Youth Piano
SIGN uP FoR CLASSES & WoRkSHoPS In the Gallery…
Competition showcased many talented AT THE PoLISH CENTER oF WISCoNSIN!
young pianists from around the area. The
Catholic Mass on Sunday morning,
despite a brief downpour, was well-
Polish Language Classes - 10 Weeks “Inspired by Nature”
All classes are taught by Michael Mikoś, Works by Polish American
attended to hear Fr. Michael Hammer of Professor of Polish Language and Literature at UW-Milwaukee.
the Milwaukee Archdiocese preside. artists in various media
Polish I Tuesdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. September 20 – November 22, Fee: $140
I would like to thank all of those involved
with the festival for helping make it a Polish III Thursdays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. September 22 – December 1, Fee: $140
success. As my second festival as Festival
Director, I could not have done it all September Classes – More Mushroom Madness
without the dedicated volunteers who 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.; Fee (per class) $10 for PHA members, $12 for non-members,
work behind the scenes to make it $6 for children ages 10-12. Sign up for all three classes, save $2
possible. The time and eﬀorts of our
september 12 Participants will learn and utilize the Wycinanki technique to
volunteers and Managing Committee
create an original 8” X 10” paper-cutting of mushrooms.
creates this wonderful three day
celebration of our culture. It is the goal of september 19 Create handmade printing blocks of mushrooms and use those
the Polish Heritage Alliance to bring our blocks to print your own mushroom-themed greeting cards.
Polish and Polish-American culture to the september 26 Use the basic Mushroom ornament-making technique to create
community, and our 2011 Polish Fest did your own paper sculptures. Participants will create 3-5 handmade
just that while also providing a great mushrooms out of paper which will be assembled into
time! “mushroom garden” sculptures to decorate their homes.
Thank you to our sponsors for their
financial support of our mission. Without october Classes – Cooking, Polish Style
their financial and in-kind support, we
would not be able to bring such an
Mondays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Learn to make a variety of traditional Polish dishes.
Our special "chefs" will demonstrate cooking techniques, share recipes and provide
Sept. 11 through Oct. 16
exciting event to the community. I want samples for you to taste. Classes are $12 per class or 3 classes for $30. Opening ReceptiOn:
to personally thank our very dedicated Registration is limited, so sign up early.
group of volunteers, the Polish Heritage Sunday, September 11, 2011
Alliance Board of Directors, the Polish october 11 Making kielbasa, or Polish sausage, is easier than you might think. noon to 3 p.m.
Fest Managing Committee, the Polish Fest Tom radoszewski shows you how. during
Chair-people and the staﬀ of The Polish october 18 Barbara Godlewski will teach you how to make chruściki, a traditional “Mushroom Madness”
Center of Wisconsin that help make our sweet crispy pastry made from dough that has been shaped into thin at the
festival a true celebration. twisted ribbons, deep-fried and sprinkled with powdered sugar. polish center of Wisconsin
We look forward to our 31st Festival, october 27 We’ll be taking a trip to Old World Deli on 76th & Grange to learn
which is scheduled to take place on June 15-17, 2012! Visit www.polishfest.org for about the variety of Polish foods available, sample some items and
new information as our next festival approaches. have the opportunity to purchase food. Attendees should meet
2011 CHoPIN YouTH PIANo CoMPETITIoN WINNERS ANNouNCED
directly at Old World Deli by 6:15 p.m.
November Classes – Christmas Crafts
We appreciate the generous
Congratulations to the winners of the Chopin Youth Piano
Competition! More than $1000 in monetary prizes were 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.; Fee (per class) $10 for PHA members, $12 for non-members, contributions received
awarded this year. Special thanks to our competion sponsors. $6 for children ages 10-12. Sign up for both classes, save $2 in memory of
The national piano competition has been held annually at november 7 Each participant will create four handmade Christmas cards using Stanley Cichawski
Milwaukee’s Polish Fest since 1999 at Henry W. Maier Festival the Wycinanki technique. reusable patterns will be provided Cher Cichanski
Park. which can be used to make more cards at home.
barbara Cichanski Lopez
For more information about the competition, please visit november 28 Participants will be cutting, folding and gluing decorative paper
www.polishfest.org/cypc.html or become a fan of the to create two Christmas ornaments based on traditional Polish Alex Skrodzki
competition on Facebook. designs. reusable patterns will be provided for both ornaments. Jim Stachowiak
PICTuRED LEFT To RIGHT: Eric lin (1st Place Jr. division),
roger Shen, Timothy Zhou, David Hou, Suhong Jin, Lauren
all classEs WIll bE hEld at thE PolIsh cEntEr. MAY theY reSt In PeAce.
For morE InFormatIon, PlEasE call 414-529-2140.
Tu (seated) Allison Wang, Stella Tu (seated), brian leong rEgIstratIon Is lImItEd, so sIgn uP Early.
(1st Place sr. division), and Kimberly Han.
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