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57th Polish Scholarship Festival

The Fifty-seventh Polish Scholarship Festival will be held at Syracuse’s Clinton Square on June 10, 11 and 12 with Jimmy Sturr and His Orchestra heading the entertainment Saturday night. Festivities will begin Friday at noon with the Polish flag being raised at City Hall. Fritz’s Polka Band will open the entertainment at 4 o’clock at Clinton Square; the band out of Verona, New York, performs an eclectic mix of musical styles, including modern polkas country, fox-trot, waltz and more! John Gora I Gorale, an entertaining Grammy nominated six piece variety band out of Burlington, Ontario continue Friday’s entertainment. Eight time Grammy Winner, Al Piatkowski from Cazenovia New York will also perform Friday evening.

Saturday begins at noon with the sweet and happy sounds of Syracuse’s Jasiu Klocek and the Salt City Brass. Ashley Cox, a singer, songwriter and ultra talented musician will also perform Saturday afternoon. New to this year’s lineup is the White Eagle Fold Dance Academy from Montreal, which brings together a selection of talented dancers who dedicate their time to perfecting the art of folk dancing. Two other dance groups will perform on Saturday, the Tatry Polish Folklore Ensemble, whose repertoire includes national and regional dances of Poland as well as two Quebec folk dances. With its own unique flair and style, Toronto’s award winning Lechowia Polish Canadian Dance Company will perform both Saturday and Sunday! Ending Saturday’s entertainment will be Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra. Sturr, the reigning king of polkas and on the Top Ten list of all-time Grammy award winners, has been awarded The “Commendation of Excellence” by Broadcast Music Inc.

The lively sounds of Buffalo’s Knewz will be heard on stage Sunday afternoon along with Thomas Kotapka, a local young man who will be playing the piano.
Besides all this great entertainment, the “Pole of the Year” will be announced Saturday and Miss Polonia will be crowned on Sunday. The main purpose of the festival, the awarding of ten scholarships to deserving students of Polish descent, will take place on Sunday.

The Polish Scholarship Fund, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 organization, whose main purpose is to award scholarships to deserving students of Polish descent in the central New York area. Over the past fifty-six years over $310,000 has been awarded while promoting the Polish culture and heritage.


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