The celebration of Poland’s 97th Anniversary of Independence was held at the Polish Cultural Center in Seattle on Sunday, November 15, commemorating Poland’s return to the map after 123 years of foreign annexation. The anniversary program directed by Barbara Strutynski, included a medley of poems, music and spoken word presented by children and adults, with pianist Marzena Szlaga playing Chopin’s music and choir Vivat Musica singing traditional songs. Special guests included community leaders, veterans and former Solidarity activists as well as Polish scouting group.
At the event, one of the former Solidarity leaders, Jerzy Las was honored with the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity, a medal bestowed by the President of Poland, and presented to Mr. Las by Honorary Consul of Poland in Seattle. Congratulations! To see more photos click here.
This year’s Pierogi Festival was a first of it’s kind for Dom Polski. Dancing, singing and eating took to the streets as the parking lot was turned into a staging area for wonderful performances by the Polonez dance troupe from Vancouver BC; Seattle’s own Polish Choir – Vivat Musica and Mlodzi Polanie youth group; plus White Eagle folk group from Victoria BC. This year there was all you could eat Pierogi plus potato pancakes (my favorite!), stuffed cabbage, kielbasa and bigos. Guests could dine in the polish hall or sit outside and listen and dance to the fine entertainment. For those who worked up a thirst the Beer Garden was a major attraction. The weather was just perfect for this wonderful Polish cultural event. To view all the images just click here.
The 13th Annual Seattle Sister Cities Reception was held at City Hall on April 23rd. Hosting cites included Gdynia, Poland, Nantes, France, Surabaya, Indonesia and Sihanoukville, Cambodia. City officials including Mayor Nickels, Richard Conlin and Tay Yoshitani were on hand to welcome members of the Indonesian Consul General plus members of local area Sister City groups. To view all images click here.
Highlights include: Robam Jun Por, Blessing Dance from Cambodia
Philippe Savre performing music from Brittany
2008 Best Single Project Award went to the Reykjavik Sister City group
Vivat Musica of Seattle performed Polish folk songs
GEMAS Dance group performed an Indonesian traditional dance