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Ten scholarships will be awarded at the Fifty-Sixth annual Polish Festival

Ten scholarships will be awarded at the Fifty-Sixth annual Polish Festival to be held at Syracuse’s Clinton Square on June 11, 12 and 13.

Festivities begin at noon on Friday at Syracuse’s City Hall to raise the Polish Flag. The Festival itself begins at 4 PM in Clinton Square with continuous entertainment beginning with Syracuse’s own Jasiu Klocek and the Salt City Brass and Buffalo’s Knewz, who just finished recording their new CD, entitled Got Knewz? Eight time Grammy Winner, Al Piatkowski from Cazenovia and the Little Poland Dance Ensemble from Utica, New York will also appear.

Saturday the Festival opens at noon with Fritz’s Polka Band out of Verona, which performs an eclectic mix of musical styles, including modern polka, country, fox-trot, waltz, and more! Also a winner of a SAMMY, Ashley Cox, a singer, songwriter and ultra talented musician on both guitar and piano will be on stage. Ashley delivers passionate music that, at times, flows like a raindrop, other times like a tidal wave. Tony Blazonczyk’s New Phaze, who just finished recording their second CD, will be followed by two colorful and talented dance groups, Lowicz Dance Ensemble from Edmonton and the Lechowia Dance Company from Toronto. Jimmy Sturr and his Orchestra come to the stage Saturday evening. He is the reigning king of polkas and on the Top Ten list of all-time Grammy Award winners! The “Pole of the Year” will be announced on Saturday as well.

The last day of the festival, Sunday, John Gora i Gorale, an entertaining Grammy nominated six piece variety band out of Burlington, Ontario will be the first performance at noon, followed by the Cracovia Polish Dance Ensemble, who perform a variety of National, traditional and regional dances of Poland and Dennis Polisky and The Maestro’s Man from Connecticut, who have been named favorite instrumental Band by the International Polka Association will follow. The Lowicz Dance Ensemble will once again perform Sunday afternoon. The scholarships with be awarded on Sunday along with Miss Polonia 2009, Sonia Siok crowning the new Miss Polonia 2010.

There is no admission charge for the festival that will include children’s entertainment, Polish Art and Fine Crafts and Polish books besides delicious Polish food and beverages.


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