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10/2/17 12TH ANNUAL KRAKUS FESTIVAL

12th Annual Krakus Festival

Friday, November 17, 2017
Social Hour – cash bar 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Program & Entertainment 8:00 p.m.

Music * Raffle Prizes * Polish Food

Tickets: $100 per person

Presentation of Community Service Award to Joseph M. Topor, Jr,  who is being recognized for his many contributions as Board President of the Polish Center and his many years of service to the Polish community.

 

Krakus Festival overview: Krakus refers to the legendary young man (Krak, a shoe maker) who rid the people of a bothersome dragon living in a cavern below their settlement on Wawel Hill. Our mascot has a history that goes back to a time when stories were not written down but passed on by word of mouth from one generation to another. The time has changed our attitude toward that bothersome dragon, and these days, we think of him more fondly. He has become not only a friend but a very important symbol of Krakow and things Cracovian. So, we at the Polish Center have chosen him as our mascot for the Krakus Festival. “Wiwat Smok Wawelski!”

Purchasing Tickets: Make checks payable to the POLISH CENTER, include KRAKUS in the memo line and mail to:

Pieciak & Co CPA
Polish Center of Discovery & Learning
488 Newton Street
South Hadley, MA 01075

Get Help Finding your Ancestors- Genealogy Classes at the Polish Center 10/9/17

Dates: October 25, November 1,8,15, Wednesdays (10:00am – 12:00pm and if enough sign up 1:00pm – 3:00pm)
Location: Polish Center of Discovery and Learning 33 South Street, Chicopee, MA 01013 (413) 592- 0001.
Basic Hands-on Genealogy with Alan Doyle Horbal, professional genealogist; Catherine Langley Iuliano and Susan Clapper Bedard from Western Massachusetts Roots Events will be assisting with the presentation. You will have the opportunity to see and learn how to use the following Census records 1900,1910, 1920,1930 and 1940 U.S. Census.
Discover how to find your ancestors’ emigration to the U.S. using the http://stevemorse.org website and the www.ellisisland.org website, along with several other databases. Discover how to search for family members outside of the U.S. using http://familysearch.org. We will explore England, Canada, Poland and other countries.
There will be a combined class on November 22 at 11:00am to discuss research in Poland as Alan has been there twice doing his own research
All students must have an e-mail account and be computer literate. Due the limits on the size of the class we urge you to sign up early.
We ask that you attend all four classes. You may bring your own laptop. Laptops are not needed for the first class. To register contact the Polish Center 413.592.0001 A donation of
$15.00 to the Polish Center for the classes is recommended.

7/6/17 They Risked Their Lives Exhibit: Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust

Photographic Exhibit: They Risked Their Lives- Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust

Location: Polish Center of Discovery & Learning, 33 South St, Chicopee, MA 01013

Presented by the Polish Center of Discovery & Learning, the Republic of Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Polin Museum (Warsaw Poland).

Hours: Monday-Friday 1:00 – 6:00 pm
Private group tours available 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Admission: Suggested Donation of $10.00
Free Parking

Description: The exhibit features testimonies collected by the State of Israel, Righteous Among Nations honorific. The Polish people were both direct victims of the German occupation and witnesses to every aspect of cruelty and criminal behavior committed against European Jewry within Poland during the Holocaust. In occupied Poland, unlike in the countries of Western Europe, simply helping Jews was considered a crime punishable by death.
Despite this fact, there were many Poles who stood up to evil and by risking their own lives and those of their families, managed to rescue and save tens of thousands of Polish Jews. Many of these rescuers were honored for their heroism with the state title of Righteous Among the Nations, awarded by the Yad Vashem Institute in Israel.

6/29/17 Official Opening Event for the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts (with press release)

Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts Official Opening

Thursday, 6/29/17, 4-6
Location: Polish Center of Discovery & Learning
33 South St, Chicopee, MA 01013

Description: Wine and cheese reception for all those interested in learning of the multiple resources available for helping you research your Polish genealogical past with the Polish Genealogical Society of MA. The Polish Center of Discovery & Learning are pleased to have such an important cultural resource headquartered at our location. This is scheduled before the Heraldry talk, which begins at 6:30, and is just around the corner at the Chicopee Library.

Genealogy Research Library to open in Chicopee (Masslive)

 

6/29/17 The History of Polish Heraldry (Hosted by our close friends, the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts)

The History of Polish Heraldry By Marek Lesniewski-Laas, J.D., Honorary Consul for the Republic of Poland
Free Event
Topics covered include the concept of heraldry in Poland, noble and state heraldry, heraldry among Polish Jewry, the structure of the Polish nobles, how the nobility differed from other European countries and other features. The talk is illustrated with many colorful heraldic examples that were significant in the history in Poland. One might see the crest that Babcia spoke of! Talk arranged by the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts.
About the Speaker: Attorney Lesniewski-Laas has an AB from Bowdoin College and a JD from Boston University School of Law and is admitted to the practice of law before US Supreme Court, US First Circuit Court of Appeals, the US District Courts of Mass and CT, and the Supreme Judicial Courts of Mass and NY. He visits western Mass often.
When
Thu Jun 29, 2017 6:30pm – 8pm Eastern Time
Where
Chicopee Public Library, 449 Front St, Chicopee, MA 01013, USA

6/19/17 Golf Scramble Event to Benefit the Polish Center of Discovery & Learning

The Orchards Country Club—18 Silverwood Terrace–South Hadley, MA 01075

Monday, June 19, 2017
10:00AM – 8:00PM

Registration fee $135 per person/$500 per foursome: Includes cart, driving range, use of locker, lunch, and dinner

Featuring a Donald Ross golf course.
Networking on the course (on a Monday!).

10:00 am Registration
10:30 am Orchards Golf Pro will give a golf
lesson/demonstration
11:00-11:45 am Lunch on the Deck
12:15 pm Shotgun start
5:30-8:00 pm Dinner following golf at Pulaski Hall, 13 Norman St, Chicopee, MA, 01013:
Will include Polish Food option

Team Format (A) Men and (B) Women and (C) Mixed Gender.
Make your own foursome or let us assign you to a groups. Singles are welcome.

Grand Prizes for Hole-in-one.

Silent auction and raffle.

Available sponsorship Categories for Businesses and Groups:

Platinum — $1,500 (Two foursomes, tee green sign, $20 raffle tickets)
Gold — $1,000 (One foursome, tee green sign, $20 raffle tickets)
Silver — $500 (Two players, tee green sign, $20 raffle tickets)
Tee green/practice — $100

For more information contact
Ed Dzielenski at (413) 567-3132 nyd11@aol.com
Mike Minkos at (413) 427-6699 m.minkos@comcast.net

Make checks payable to the POLISH CENTER and mail to:

Pieciak & Co CPA
Attn: Linda O’Brien
488 Newton Street
South Hadley, MA 01075

World Cup ’18 Soccer Event: Polish National Team Live Streaming 6/10/17

 Polish National Team World Cup 2018 qualifying match

Group E: Poland vs Romania

World Cup Soccer: Poland sits atop of Group E, and Romania is battling to get to second place with a chance to move to the next round.

Come and join the fun at our second live streaming soccer match at the recently renovated Pulaski Hall. Big Screen TV. Food, drinks, prizes.

Kick-off at 2:45 pm on June 10, 2017.  Doors open at 12:00.

Polish Center for Discover and Learning Event at Pulaski Hall: 19 Norman St, Chicopee, MA

World Cup ’18 Soccer Event: Polish National Team Live Streaming 3/26/17

Polish National Team World Cup 2018 qualifying match

Group E: 1st place Poland vs 2nd place Montenegro.

Poland sits atop of Group E, but a win by Montenegro will put them even.

First live stream soccer match at the recently renovated Pulaski Hall. Food, drinks, prizes.

Kick-off at 2:45 pm on March 26, 2017.  Doors open at 12:00.

Polish Center for Discover and Learning Event at Pulaski Hall: 19 Norman St, Chicopee, MA