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Polish Festival 2012

Lamar billboards flashed white & red and announcing that the Polish
Festival would be held in Syracuse’s Clinton Square. Joe Galuski from WSYR
radio said, “The sun shines on the Polish people!” And did it shine,
bringing throngs of people out to the fifty-eighth Polish Festival, June 8, 9 and 10.

Festivities began with PSF President – Tad
Szyszka, Syracuse’s Mayor – Stephanie Miner ,Van B. Robinson – President
of Syracuse’s Common Council and the Polish Scholaship Board of Directors raising the Polish flag at City Hall while the national anthem was sung.

An all-star line-up of entertainment, including eighteen
Grammy winner, Jimmy Sturr & his Orchestra , Melody Lane, John Stevens
Doubleshot, Al Piatkowski, Syracuse’s own Salt City Brass, Ashley Cox, the
Noise Boys, the Eddie Forman Orchestra and Tomasz Kotapka on his piano
entertained the crowds. Also appearing with its vast repertoire of dances
from varying regions of Poland was the Lechowia Polish Canadian Dance
Company from Toronto, Canada with their Artistic Director Dr. Andrzej
Wichert which recreates for the stage the rich artistry of Polish folk
culture while delighting the audience.

The main purpose for the festival is the awarding of ten scholarships to deserving students of Polish descent, who have excelled scholastically and donated their time and talents to the Polish community.

2012 Scholarship winners are: Agnieszka Bak, Alissa Cornacchia,
Janelle Dmochowski, Marietta Maria Guzda, Joshua Nemeyer, Karol Siok, Sonia
Siok, Megan Elizabeth Visconti, Magdalena Wozny and Alexandra Szelewski who
was also selected by public vote as our Miss Polonia 2012.

Congratulations to our “Pole of the Year,” Charlie Hollis who gives tirelessly his time and talents to the entire Polish community. The Pole of the Year Award was
presented by PSF President and Senator John DeFrancisco.

Several vendors from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Michigan and New York City were
present at the festival. We could not exist without the help of our
dedicated sponsors, especially Stawski Distributing and their General
Manager, Les Sraga, Hollis Funeral Home, Giminski-Wysocki Funeral Home, Ward Sales, The Post-Standard , Scotsman Press, YNN TV, and others. Our “Polish D.J.’s” promote our festival on their programs continually. Included in this group are Gary Sroka, from the Saturday Polka Review, Art Kott, Bob Pietrucha and Virginia Grey from Love Radio, and Mark Bostic from Jazz 88.3 who also served as our MC’s.

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