Polish Culture Alive and Well in Phoenix


Last weekend, Jo and I attended the 14th Annual Polish Festival in Phoenix along with Jo’s sister, Mary, and her husband Ron. Jo and Mary were in familiar cultural territory. Their father was born in Poland, their mother was born in the Russian Ukraine, and the two sisters and their siblings grew up immersed in the traditions of their parents’ homelands. Even though their parents are no longer living, Slavic traditions continue at family gatherings served alongside platters of kolbasa, perogies, cabbage rolls and other Polish-Ukrainian offerings.

This year’s Polish Festival was held on the grounds of Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish in Glendale. Here are a few highlights of our very enjoyable afternoon:

Crowds collected under the main stage tent and around the many display booths on site.

Check the platter of Polish soul food –  sausage, potato pancakes, perogies, cabbage rolls.  No wonder Jo is all smiles.  Polish beer helped, too.  By the way, just so you know, Jo didn’t consume this alone.  We shared.

Throughout the afternoon, Polish ensembles from Phoenix, Tucson and Las Vegas danced and sang on the main stage.

Even the kids got involved

A Ukrainian dance group joined the fun

Traditional crafts were on display in the church hall.

Jo & I entered the “Can you polka” contest.  We did okay.  In the end, everyone won a prize.

We had a great time. Polish culture is definitely alive and well in Phoenix, Arizona.

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