Calendar (week of May 16th)
18th Annual Lollipops & Roses Concert
CLIFTON, NJ – The Clifton Community Band, directed by Robert D. Morgan, is performing their 18th Annual Lollipops & Roses Intergenerational Concert on Saturday, May 18th @ 2 pm – JFK Auditorium, Clifton High School, Colfax Ave., Clifton, NJ 07013. Admission: $7.00 – Children under 12: Free. Proceeds benefit the Clifton Education Foundation & The Clifton Community Band. Tickets will be sold at the door as well as advance tickets available from band members. For more information contact CliftonBand@optonline.net or phone 973-777-1781. Proceeds benefit the Clifton Community Band and the Clifton Education Foundation. The concert is sponsored by The Clifton Community Band, Clifton Board of Recreation and the Clifton Education Foundation.
NJBG Lilac Workshop — May 18, 2019
NEW JERSEY – NJBG will sponsor a free hands-on Lilac Workshop on Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 9 am to 1 pm. Attendees will work with NJBG Head Landscape Designer Rich Flynn to restore and improve the New Jersey State Botanical Garden’s renowned lilac collection. Mr. Flynn will give a lesson on lilac care and cultivation at 10 am. Join this free workshop for a great chance to learn by doing, and to get answers to any questions you may have. Beginners are welcome. Bring lunch and gloves; rakes and pruners, too, if you have them. NJBG is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, NJ. Call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org for more information on NJBG, membership, volunteer opportunities, events or directions. The NJ Botanical Garden is open daily from 8 am to 8 pm. Admission to the Garden is always free; parking is also free in the autumn, winter and spring.
Flea Market & Collectible Show
NEW JERSEY – St. Leo’s Flea Market & Collectible Show will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 from 9 AM-5 PM – Outdoors at 300 Market Street, Elmwood Park, NJ 07407. Admission: Free. Organization Sponsor: St. Leo’s Holy Name Society. For information call 201-998-1144 or email@example.com St. Leo’s is located on the very busy Market Street in Elmwood Park, NJ. Held in the parking lot (indoors if weather is inclement) this event gets lots of exposure to the street. Plenty of parking, breakfast & lunch sold & indoors restrooms, too! There will be vendors selling new items, collectibles, vintage, crafts…all at bargain prices. Lots of really cool stuff for sale. This event will be held on the 3rd Saturday of every month, starting in May through October. Note: there may be a possibility of the August date being canceled. The school will be resurfacing their gym floor. If it isn’t finished in time then we will cancel August. We will keep you updated when the time comes.
New Date For Polish Picnic At Our Lady Queen of Poland
MARYLAND – OUR SPRING PICNIC HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO UNFAVORABLE WEATHER CONDITIONS. OUR NEW DATE FOR THE PICNIC IS MAY 19, 2019. SAME TIME AND SAME PLACE. Come and join us for our annual Spring Picnic on Sunday, May 19th at Our Lady Queen of Poland Church, 9700 Rosensteel Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910. Time: 11 am to 4 pm. Delicious Polish food, music and children’s games. Invite your friends!
Toledo Polish Festival
OHIO – The Toledo Polish Festival – a three-day event – will be held May 17-19, 2019 at the Club 16 facility located on King Road just south of Hill Avenue in Holland, Ohio, a beautiful 20-acre park-like setting. Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for Polish-American students and to help fund the building campaign for a new Polish Community Center. ZAPRASZAMY! Sounds like the kind of attitude that we need to support! Visit www.toledopolishfestival.org or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Poland’s Painful Past and Promising Future” briefing at US Congress
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The POLISH AMERICAN CONGRESS invites you to a Congressional Briefing: Poland’s Painful Past and Promising Future which will take place at 4 p.m. on Monday, May 20, 2019 in 121 Cannon House Office Building, Washington D.C. 20003. Professor Marek Jan Chodakiewicz, who holds the Kościuszko Chair at the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC, will deliver an overview of Poland’s turbulent history from the early 18th century to the present. Mr. Ian Brzezinski, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State of Defense for Europe and NATO Policy 2001-2005, and Resident Senior Fellow, Transatlantic Security Initiative, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, will describe the Three Seas Initiative, which is the economic and social component of a strong and sovereign East Central Europe. The Three Seas Initiative, with investment by Western European and United States businesses, especially those in the energy sector will make the lands bordering the Baltic, Black, and Adriatic Seas free from dependence on Russian natural gas. The Three Seas Initiative, launched in 2015 by Poland and Croatia, intends to integrate the economies of the countries in this zone on a north-south axis to do for Eastern Europe what Western Europe achieved by the late 1950s in order to make all Europe whole and free. The Three Seas Initiative is a great opportunity for American business. This initiative will promote a more prosperous and secure Europe which will be a better trading partner for the United States. Please RSVP by replying to this e-mail : email@example.com
THE BIG SIX – Polish Queens of the 1920s
NEW YORK – Andrzej Krakowski presents THE BIG SIX – Polish Queens of the American Culture of the 1920s on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, 7:30 p.m. at the Kosciuszko Foundation, 15 East 65th Street, NY, NY 10065. When in 1922 Pola Negri was disembarking the ship in New York she was greeted by cheering crowds of fans, the city mayor and a new luxury car – a gift from the Paramount studio. What she did not know was that at the same time five other her compatriots ruled American culture. Stage belonged to Gilda Gray, theater – to Anna Held, jazz – Sophie Tucker, literature – Anzia Jezierska and journalism to Rose Pastor-Stokes. Join us for an insightful, entertaining and very much informative evening with Prof. Andrzej Krakowski as he shines light and gives long-due credit to Polish women who shaped the American culture of the 1920s. General admission: $10.00. For more information call (212) 734-2130 or go to www.thekf.org/events
NJBG holds Children’s Container Gardening Workshop on May 19
NEW JERSEY – NJBG will sponsor a hands-on Children’s Container Gardening Workshop at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden on Sunday, May 19, 2019, from 1–3 p.m. Join Nancy Cochrane in the Carriage House Visitor Center to explore the fun of gardening. You’ll learn about growing veggies and plant a container to take home with you. All materials are provided, but bring gloves if you have them. This workshop is for children ages 6-16, and those under 14 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. The fee is $10 for NJBG members and $15 for non-members. Reservations are required; for more information and to reserve your spot in the workshop, please call 973-962-9534. Sorry, no walk-ins. NJBG is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, NJ. Call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org for more information on NJBG, membership, volunteer opportunities, events or directions. The NJ Botanical Garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission to the Garden is always free; parking is also free in the autumn, winter and spring.
Embassy of Poland Presents A Discussion of Seth Jones’s Book
A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Join us for a discussion of Seth Jones’s A Covert Action: Reagan, the CIA, and the Cold War Struggle in Poland, an untold story of one of the CIA’s most successful Cold War intelligence operations. Based on in-depth interviews and recently declassified evidence, Jones’s A Covert Action reveals the little-known story of a CIA intelligence campaign, code-named QRHELPFUL, which helped produce a landmark victory for democracy during the Cold War. The money provided by the CIA helped Solidarity—a Polish trade union that had swelled to a membership of ten million to become one of the first legitimate anti-Communist opposition movements in Eastern Europe—conduct a wide-ranging information warfare campaign against the Communist government, eventually contributing to its collapse. Seth Jones will be joined onstage by John Lenczowski and Irena Lasota in a discussion chaired by the Ambassador of Poland to the United States, Piotr Wilczek on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 from 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the residence of the Ambassador of Poland, 3041 Whitehaven Street, NW, Washington, DC 20008. Lunch will be served during the event . Admission is free but registration is required. Due to the limited availability of seats, early registration is recommended. It will be possible to purchase the book during the event.
His Eminence Stanislaw Cardinal Rylko To Visit Cleveland’s Polish Community
OHIO – The John Paul ll Foundation is pleased to announce that His Eminence Stanisław Cardinal Rylko will be visiting Cleveland’s Polish Community on behalf of the Foundation. The Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome and Chair of the Administrative Board of the JPll Foundation, Cardinal Rylko, is coming on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 @ 6 PM to the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus, 3649 East 65th, Cleveland, Ohio 44105. A Solemn Mass will be celebrated. Afterwards a Gala Banquet will be held to benefit the the JPll Foundation at the Historic Bohemian National Hall on Broadway Avenue. Donation is $50 pp. For meal reservations and tickets call 216-341-9091. Ample parking and security. Seating is limited.
Polish Singers Alliance of America’s 67th District Seven Convention
NEW JERSEY – The Chopin Singing Society is pleased to invite you to the 67th District Seven Convention of the Polish Singers Alliance of America. The convention will take place at the Polish-American Cultural Center, 1-3 Monroe Street, Passaic, NJ. The one day convention will be held on May 25, 2019. The Mass and Concert will take place at St. Joseph’s Church, 7 Parker Avenue, Passaic, NJ while the rest of activities will be held at the Polish-American Cultural Center.
Schedule of events:
Registration and Continental Breakfast: 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Business Sessions: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Lunch: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Chorus Rehearsals: 12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Choral Competition: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mass and Concert: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Banquet and Dinner: 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm
For more information please call Arthur Sroka at 973-777-2345.
2019 Senior Citizens Law Day – Register Now!
NEW JERSEY – Register now for the annual Senior Citizens Law Day presented by the New Jersey State Bar Foundation on Tuesday, June 4,2019 – 10 AM at the New Jersey Law Center – Wilentz Auditorium in New Brunswick, NJ. Join the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and a panel of experts for a free and lively conversation on current issues facing senior citizens. This annual conference will feature moderator Mark R. Friedman Esq. leading the panel discussion at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick. This year we are pleased to welcome NJ’s Acting Director of Consumer Affairs, Paul R. Rodriguez, Esq. and NJ’s Acting Insurance Fraud Prosecutor Tracy Thompson, Esq. Presentation to include current issues in Elder Law, Estate Planning, Abuse, Frauds and Scams. Continental breakfast will be served beginning at 9:30 a.m. Call the NJ State Bar Foundation at 732-937-7525 for more information and to register. Visit www.njsbf.org
Synakowski Family Polka Benefit
NEW YORK – The Synakowski family: Jennifer, Tom, Katie, Christopher & Hanna lost their farm, home and father (grandfather) on April 3, 2019 due to a devastating fire in Trenton, NY. A Polka Benefit for the Synakowski Family will be held on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 starting at 3 pm at the Polish Community Club, 810 Columbia Street, Utica, NY. Music will be provided by John Stevens & Double Shot Polka Band of Swoyersville, PA and Tony’s Polka Band from Hagaman, NY. Polish American food will be available, cash bar and prizes. Donation is $10/per person and tickets will be available at the door. For more information please contact Dave Sychtysz at 919-252-9142. Donations can be sent to The Saturday Polka Review PO Box 4333, Utica, NY 13504 – write Synakowski Family on the back of the envelope.
Memorial Day Mass
NEW JERSEY – Monday, May 27 – St. Joseph Polish Apostolate of Camden, NJ will hold a Memorial Day Mass on Monday, May 27th at St. Joseph Cemetery, Chews Landing, NJ. Time: 10 A.M. Call the rectory 856-963-1285 for more information.
Music In the Pub
NEW JERSEY – On Saturday, June 1 there will be “Music in the Pub” at the Polish American Citizens Club, 29 Kline Blvd., Whitehouse Station. Local favorite Gerry Shamey and his band will bring his James Taylor like sound to the club room from 7:30-10:30 pm. $10 per person includes coffee and dessert. Reservations 908-534-6230.
Polish Museum of America’s Summer Gala
ILLINOIS – The looming clouds of war were nearing in 1939. But Poland held onto its optimism at the World’s Fair in New York City, themed “The World of Tomorrow.” The optimism and hope presented at the Polish Pavilion showcased the finest Poland offered in the arts, crafts, agriculture, sciences, and commerce. With the outbreak of World War II and the closing of the World’s Fair in 1940, the artifacts presented at the Polish Pavilion could not return to Poland. Thankfully, a majority of the Pavilion artifacts were acquired by the Polish Museum of America where they are displayed for all visitors to marvel at and are a major part of the PMA collection. 2019 marks the 80th Anniversary of the Polish Pavilion. This year, the Polish Museum of America’s Summer Gala pays tribute to the magnificent Polish Pavilion. But the PMA needs the support of Polish Americans in Chicago and across the US, as well as anyone with an interest in Polish and Polonian culture and heritage, to protect these treasures for future generations. Attend the gala and enjoy a memorable evening celebrating the PMA while helping to preserve the heritage of our parents and grandparents for the future of our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The Summer Gala will be held on Friday, June 7, 2019, at Café La Cave in Des Plaines, Illinois, where Deborah Greenlee and the Paderewski Symphony Orchestra will be honored with the Polish Spirit Award, in the individual and organization categories, respectively. In October, the Polish Museum will host a 80th Anniversary exhibit of the Polish Pavilion. For more information, call 773-384-3352 ext
Free Summer Lacrosse Clinic In Clifton
CLIFTON, NJ – A Free Boys and Girls (Grades K to 8) Summer Lacrosse Clinic will start on June 26th from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Athenia Field, 718 Clifton Ave., Clifton, NJ 07013. It will run every Wednesday for six weeks. Cost: Free with a US Lacrosse membership – https://www.uslacrosse.org/ All equipment will be provided by the Clifton Lacrosse. Register at www.cliftonjrlacrosse.org If you or your child has any questions, you can email: firstname.lastname@example.org
American-Polish Festival Set For July 12-14, 2019
MICHIGAN – The American-Polish Century Club is pleased to announce that the American Polish Festival & Craft Show will be held on July 12-14, 2019, on the grounds of The American Polish Century Club, 33204 Maple Lane, Sterling Heights, Mi 48312. The festival is located in Sterling Heights, MI. This is just a few miles from Hamtramck, Mi. Poles are the second largest ethnic group in Michigan and are a significant part of the history of Detroit. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, Michigan is home to the third largest Polish population after New York and Illinois. The current population of Michigan’s Polish Americans is concentrated in Macomb County. Sterling Heights has become one of the centers of Polonia in Michigan, since thier migration from Hamtramck. Our Festival draws thousands of friends and families from all around Michigan, Ohio, and Illinois. Our spirited festival features live music and dancing. Highlighting our Festival are the biggest names in Polka Music, along with finest Polish Dance Ensembles in Michigan. This is our forth year for the Srodek’s Pierogi Eating Challenge. This competition is consuming the most Srodek’s Potato & Cheese Pierogi you can eat in ten minutes. Last years record of 69 pierogi in ten minutes comes close to setting the record. Try our delicious Polish Kitchen, the Polish Pub-n-Grub, and Beer Tent or visit anyone of the many vendors that take part in this event. There will be a Traditional Polish Mass on Sunday at 12:00 Noon. Stroll our Outdoor Craft Show featuring over 50 different crafters displaying their fine works. Free parking and shuttle buses are available. More information see our web site; www.americanpolishfestival.com
Email us at Americanpolishfestival@yahoo.com Call 586-264-7990