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.