39th Annual Szopka Festival Competion Winners

THE POLISH CULTURAL CLUB OF GREATER HARTFORD, INC. ANNOUNCES THE WINNERS OF ITS 39TH ANNUAL SZOPKA FESTIVAL COMPETITION

The 39th Annual Szopka Festival and Competition, sponsored by the Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford, Inc., was held at the Polish National Home in Hartford on Sunday, December 1. Despite forecasts of a significant snowstorm that day, hearty visitors from Connecticut and beyond enjoyed the colorful atmosphere of a Polish Christmas Fair and the magical display of Krakowian szopki, the brightly decorated and elaborate creches created by area school children for cash prizes.

More than twenty young artists working in teams participated in the competition, resulting in twelve amazing entries to be judged. The following awards were made:

Szopka Festival Winner 2019

Photographer: Frances Pudlo | 1st Prize Winner, Created by Maya and Jameson Fisher from St. James School in Manchester.

 

  • First Prize: Maya and Jameson Fisher from St. James School in Manchester
  • Second Prize: Stefaniya Barbieri and Mary LaMonica of St. James School in Manchester
  • Third Prize: Tiffany Barbieri and Johanna Monak from St. James School in Manchester
  • Honorable Mention: Avery and Hudson Prewo of St. James School in Manchester
  • Most Traditional Szopka Award: St. Matthew School in Forestville

The Club is very grateful to Marek Czarnecki, Competition Chair, who visited the schools to lecture on the history, meaning, and development of szopka making; Carol Oleasz-Grondin, who worked with and encouraged students at St. James School in the art of szopka making; and Elzbieta Zagula of St. Matthew School. All proceeds generated from the Szopka Festival benefit the Club’s Jennie Marconi-Javorski Scholarship Fund.

The mission of the Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford, Inc. is to share and promote Polish heritage and culture with members of Polonia and the general community. A cordial invitation is extended to anyone interested in joining the Club. A membership application form, as well as further information, can be found on the Club’s website
www.polishculturalclub.org or by calling 860.659.0356.

Polish Cultural Club To Host a Wigilia Celebration

Polish Cultural Club To Host a Wigilia Celebration, which is a traditional Polish Christmas Eve Dinner

The Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford, Inc. will present its annual Wigilia Celebration on Saturday, December 14, 2019.

A social and cash bar begins at 6:00 PM.

The Wigilia program, with live music, begins at 6:30 PM, followed by dinner. The event will be held at the Polish National Home, 60 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford, CT.

This celebration features the time-honored custom of the sharing of the Opłatek (Christmas wafer) and a five-course traditional (meatless) dinner. It will culminate with a sing-along of Kolędy (Christmas Carols).

Lilia Kieltyka, President of the Club said, “The Club is pleased to once again open our most cherished Christmas Eve tradition to the public. The Polish National Home of Hartford is the perfect spot for our Wigilia.

The cost is $45.00 for members. A cordial invitation is also extended to any non-members who wish to enjoy a typical Polish Christmas Eve experience – cost: $50.00. Advance reservations are required, and no tickets will be sold at the door.

The reservation deadline is December 8, 2019. Please make checks payable to the Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford, Inc. (PCCGH) and mail to Mrs. Nancy Yiznitsky, 87 Montclair Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118.

Call (860) 568-2044 to speak with Nancy about your reservation.

Additional information may also be obtained by calling (860) 659-0356 or visiting www.polishculturalclub.org.

Mission of Honor Movie & Exhibition

(Press Release from the Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford, Inc. regarding the showing of Mission of Honor Movie & Exhibition)

The Polish Cultural Club of Greater Hartford, Inc. and The S.A. Blejwas Endowed Chair in Polish Studies are co-sponsoring a special event on Sunday, November 17, 2019 in the Chopin Ballroom at the Polish National Home, 60 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford to honor the heroic Polish Kosciuszko 303 Squadron fighter pilots who helped the British Royal Air Force (RAF) win the Battle of Britain during World War II.  Doors open at 1:00 PM to provide time to view a curated collection of Kosciuszko Squadron memorabilia.  At 2:00 PM, a feature film called “Mission of Honor” will be shown (in English with some Polish) preceded by a brief introduction by Dr. M.B. Biskupski, Chair of Polish Studies at Central CT State University.  A question and answer period will follow the conclusion of the film.  Admission is FREE and open to the public.   
 
The Polish National Home will be featuring dining specials from the Polish Cultural Club cookbook available to order from 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM.  As a tribute to all Polish veterans, a Mass will also be held at SS. Cyril and Methodius Church, 55 Charter Oak Avenue, Hartford at 11:30 AM.  All are welcome to attend.
 
Mission of Honor MovieThe Kosciuszko 303 Squadron RAF, formed in July 1940 as part of an agreement between the Polish Government in Exile and the United Kingdom, had a distinguished combat record until it was disbanded in December 1946.  “Had it not been for the magnificent material contributed by the Polish squadrons and their unsurpassed gallantry,” wrote Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, head of RAF Fighter Command, “I hesitate to say that the outcome of the Battle of Britain would have been the same.”  The 303 Squadron was one of the top fighter units in the battle and the best Hurricane-Spitfire equipped one. Its success in combat can be mainly attributed to the years of extensive and rigorous pre-war training many of the long-serving Polish veterans had received in their homeland.  During the Battle of Britain, the Squadron was credited with 126 enemy aircraft destroyed, 13 probables, and 9 damaged.  From September 1, 1940 to May 8, 1945, they destroyed 205 enemy aircraft, with 40 probables, and 28 damaged.  Winston Churchill, speaking about the Battle of Britain in 1940 said, “Never was so much owed by so many to so few.”  The Kosciuszko 303 Squadron was one of these “few.”
 
For further information, please call (860) 841-3477, the Polish Studies Program at (860) 832-3010, or the Polish National Home at (860) 247-1784.
 
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Misson of Honor flyer for November 17th viewing

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Raw Bar Acoustic Jam – An End of Summer Party

Raw Bar Acoustic Jam – An End of Summer Party

If you have not yet bought your cover for this fun, end of Summer event, do so today! It happens August 22nd, 5:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

For only an $8 cover, you get access to:

  • Schuck You Raw Bar
  • Acoustic Rick’s live performance
  • New one-time special menu additions
  • Event drink specials

Go now to RawBar.ezEvent.com for full information and to purchase your cover!

Bingo FUNDraiser for Two National Historic Landmarks

Join us for a Bingo FUNdraiser Sunday June 23rd!

Raising Funds for Two of Hartford’s National Historic Landmarks:
SS. Cyril & Methodius Church 501c3
Polish National Home of Hartford 501c7

2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Chopin Ballroom at 60 CHARTER OAK AVE, HARTFORD, CT
Info@PolishHomeCT.org / 860-247-1784

  • 10 Fun Games of Bingo!
  • 10 Designer Purse Prizes!
  • Over $3,000 worth of prizes!!

ONLY $65 to support these two pillars of our Polish community here in Hartford, Connecticut, in our first Bingo FUNdraiser for two national historic landmarks. Tickets at PNH or online PNHBingo.ezEvent.com

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT THE PNH and online at PNHBingo.ezEvent.com.

Illustration of Designer Handbags for Get Your Bingo On for the casue June 23 2019 PNH Fundraiser

Examples of designer purses. For illustrative purposes only.

  • 10 games of Bingo & 10 Chances to win a $300-$500+ designer purse.
  • Finger foods & appetizers provided + 2 drink tickets for wine, beer, and soda.
  • Every participant will also receive a raffle ticket for great raffle prizesAdditional raffle tickets may be purchased.

 

 

 

Our History in the Greater Hartford region:

A new building, the present Saints Cyril and Methodius Church, was commenced in 1914, and completed in 1916. A recruitment center for the Polish contingent of the American army being sent to France in World War I, the old church was sold to the Polish National Corporation, Remodelled into the White Eagle Hall, it was later demolished for parking. The site of the church grounds was used for construction of the Polish National Home in 1930.

From its opening on October 12, 1930, the Polish National Home has always been devoted in its activities exclusively to the promotion of the social welfare of the Polish community of Hartford supplementing the Polish tradition of religion at nearby SS. Cyril and Methodius Church with the Polish tradition of nationalism and community cohesion. The two charitable organizations have always worked side by side for the promotion of the religious and social welfare of the Polish community or Polish people of Hartford.

Quotes pulled directly from the National Registry of Historic Places archives – SS. Cyril & Methodius, and Polish National Home of Hartford.

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Raffle Prizes:

Before or during the games, purchase raffle tickets for these additional raffle prizes, with more being added to the list!  These are great for the guys!

  • Yard Goats VIP Package
  • Ring Video Doorbell
  • Cases & 12-packs of beer (Imports and Back East Brewery)
  • Gift cards/certificates (Barb’s Pizza $150, 2-Axe Throwing Certificates ($25 each))
  • Three oversized yards of double-ground, all natural, dark mulch with free delivery*

*Free delivery radius must be with 10 miles of the Polish National Home of Hartford. If outside of the radius, a nominal $25 delivery fee will be due upon delivery.

Examples of purses awarded at previous GYBO Bingo Fundraiser Events!

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Sample ticket for the Bingo Fundraiser on June 23 2019

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Bingo equipment, gameplay and purse prizes provided by Get Your Bingo On (@GetYourBingoOn)

 

THERE ARE NO CASH PRIZES.
ONE PURSE PRIZE PER GAME IS AVAILABLE AS A PRIZE.
RAFFLE PRIZES ARE SEPARATE RAFFLE DRAWINGS AND NOT PART OF THE BINGO PLAY.