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:
- 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.