Polish Tradition

Dzień Wszystkich Świętych w Poezji

Poniżyszy wiersz poświęwiecony zaduszkom łyczakowskim napisany został w charakterystycznym ” lwowskim balaku”, przez Witolda Szolgini.



Złota jesiń … Pugodni – dyszcz wcali ni pada,
Cichu, ciepłu, senni, woń grzybów i mienty.
A to już dzień przeciz pirszy listupada,
Dzień tych, co udeszli – świentu Wszystkich Świentych …

Zmierzch szybku nadchodzi, wnet robi si ciemnu,
I już cały niebu chmury zacingaju;
Gwiazd dziś szukać na nim – całkim nadaremnu,
Ali, tu, na ziemi, już si rozjarzaju.



2nd Generationers to Gather on All Souls Day

Families of Poles who came to Buffalo as a result of WWII will gather at St. Stanislaus B. & M. Cemetery on Sunday, November 2 at 2pm to commemorate their dearly departed.

All Saints and All Souls days are when Poles travel to their ancestors’ graves to pray for their souls. Candles and flowers (mums, asters, fall flowers) are left at the graves. Candles are so numerous that one can see cemeteries glowing from afar at dusk.

In the Buffalo area, all children, grandchildren and spouses of deceased post-WWII immigrants are invited to gather at the Polish Veterans Plot at St. Stan’s cemetery on Pine Ridge Rd. in Cheektowaga. Those who do not have relatives buried at the plot are also encouraged to stop by on their way to or from their own parents’ or grandparents’ graves.


Polish Tradition

All Saints/All Souls Day in Polonia

By Robert Strybel, Our Warsaw Correspondent

November 1st and 2nd have for centuries been celebrated by Catholics world-wide, and
Poland (together with some Romance-language nations) has observed it with particular devotion. The custom came over to America with Polonia’s immigrant pioneers who celebrated the first two days of November, November 2nd being the holy day of obligation. In a sense, both feastdays have been set aside to honor those who have gone on to their eternal reward. All Saints Day is the day people pray to their officially canonized patron saints as well honoring all those unknown and unnamed souls who have gone to heaven. Since no mortals know what the fate of those who have ‚crossed over’ may be, All Souls’ Day (Zaduszki or Dzien Zaduszny) has been devoted to honoring one’s own dearly departed and praying to God to show mercy to the poor souls in purgatory.


Galeria Postcard

Artist’s Insightful New Work Inspired by Mentally Challenged Brother

Milford, Mich.October 27, 2008 – Sculptor Evelyn Bachorski-Bowman will exhibit her newest work in a show entitled “Insights” at The Galeria at The Orchard Lake Schools in Orchard Lake, Mich. From November 2 through November 30.  The show features ten new pieces and six selected works from Bachorski-Bowman’s portfolio.  It is the first time the new pieces will be shown.

The Galeria is open Saturdays and Sundays from 12:30 until 5 p.m. or by appointment.  The address is Building 8 at the Orchard Lake Schools, 3535 Indian Trail, Orchard Lake, MI 48324. The phone number is 248-683-0345.

Mentally challenged brother is inspiration for the newest pieces. Unlike her previous work, this series focuses less on the physical likeness, and more on the emotive portrait. Bachorski-Bowman’s newest series called “Portraits of a Soul” was inspired by her brother.  “He is special; mentally challenged,” said   Bachorski-Bowman’s “He is a remarkable individual, who has greatly impacted my life.  He is unable to converse, yet is full of emotions he is unable to express verbally.  He is an adult by years; an innocent, a child, by experience.  The new work is inspired by the raw emotions I’ve seen in him.”


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Halloween Charity Event on the River Celebrates 23rd Year

For 22 years the site of Chicago’s most unusual and well-attended annual Halloween Parties has been Golan Studios on the banks of the Chicago River just south of North Avenue. The looming array of gothic warehouses, soundstages, walled courtyards and odd nooks and crannies is perfectly suited for the sprawling haunted house owner Ari Golan creates each year with macabre intensity.

This year’s party, titled “Dark Fright,” comes alive Saturday, November 1 from 8 PM until “dawn,” at 1501 N. Magnolia, Chicago. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Adaptive Adventures, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with disabilities and their families through outdoor sports & recreation. www.adaptiveadventures.org For those who have never attended this annual Halloween Event, here are the top 5 reasons to go:


Welcome to Sonny Acres

Fall Festival at Sonny Acres Farm

Welcome to Sonny AcresDuring the month  of October the celebration of harvest time spreads over a large area of Sonny Acres. Decorated with mountainous piles of pumpkins, visitors to the farm will discover a farm market, spook house, costume shoppe and all sorts of Halloween displays and attractions scattered about.

A visit to the harvest barn will find a wide assortment of gourds, squashes, Indian corn and other farm stand items unique to the fall season. Apple lovers will be delighted to find crispy Wisconsin and Michigan apples in their favorite varieties. Upstairs in the barn loft visitors will discover a dazzling display of Halloween, harvest time, and Thanksgiving decorations.



Ghoulishly Good Halloween Recipe Sure to Lure Even the Most Discriminating Devils!

Finalist from Nordic Ware’s, “Bundts Across America” Contest creates delicious Halloween treat!

HalloweenMINNEAPOLIS (October 21, 2008) — For months, bakers across America have donned aprons and oven mitts in hopes of creating the perfect holiday-themed Bundt cake. Rebecca Reece from Henderson, NV learned the flour-covered countertop and pile of dishes in her sink were well worth it! Nordic Ware – maker of the iconic Bundt pan –named Reece one of 10 national finalists in the “Bundts Across America” contest. Reece’s recipe titled “Goblin’s Goober Cake” was judged superior in the areas originality, taste, texture, visual appearance, use of ingredients and an essay describing how the entry represents in its own special way, one of America’s popular holidays, Halloween.

As a finalist, Reece was treated to a fun-filled expense paid trip to San Francisco in October, which included participating for the Grand Prize at the baking competition being held at the famous San Francisco Baking Institute (SFBI) on October 5th.  SFBI has trained hundreds of professional and aspiring bakers from all over the world and is recognized within the baking industry as a place where artisan baking is respected, appreciated and celebrated. The 10 finalists will also receive a $500 Nordic Ware gift certificate. The grand prize winner of the “2008 Bundts Across America” contest will receive: $10,000 in cash! The grand prize winner will be announced on November 15, „National Bundt Day”!



Gra o Izrael od Napoleona do Hitlera i Stalina

Iwo Cyprian Pogonowski

IzraelW 1807 roku Napoleon zwołał w paryskim Hotel de Wille „Wielki” Sanhedryn, starożytną władzę żydowską. Stało się to po raz pierwszy od czasów starożytności. Debaty trwały od 9go do 13go marca i orzeczono, że wyznawcy judaizmu mogą przestrzegać praw republiki bez sprzeniewierzania się Torze. Wówczas, po raz pierwszy we Francji, Żydzi otrzymali prawa obywateli Francji, po wiekach przykrych konsekwencji spowodowanych pojawieniem się przekładu łacińskiego Talmudu, prawie tysiąc lat wcześniej.

Natomiast w Polsce, już w 1764 roku, Żydzi odrzucili ofertę Sejmu Konwokacyjnego, który oferował im emancypację, w czasie jednoczesnej likwidacji autonomicznego sejmu żydowskiego w Lublinie, wówczas jedynej władzy ustawodawczej Żydów na całym świecie. Gminy żydowskie w Polsce, tak zwane „Kahały,” odtąd rządziły się na prawach Talmudu jak małe republiki.

Pierwsza formalna konstytucja dużego państwa w Europie została zatwierdzona w Polsce 3go maja, 1791 roku. Włączyła ona w prawa obywatelskie blisko milionowej „nacji szlacheckiej” mieszczan oraz w słabszej formie chłopów. Żydzi polscy odmówili przyjęcia nowych swobód i nadal woleli rządzić się prawami Talmudu. Natomiast rewolucyjne zmiany w sytuacji Żydów miały miejsce na Zachodzie.


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Life Members to be Honored at Polish Museum

Chicago, IL – The Polish Museum of America will sponsor its “Benefit Event 2008” on Friday, November 7 to recognize and honor thirty-two New Millennium Life Members of the Polish Museum and nine Legacy Life Members. Each of these most generous donors have contributed $2,500 to become a Life Member of the Polish Museum because they understand the importance of preserving, restoring and maintaining the unique treasures of this worthwhile institution, some of which are found no where else in the world.

This black-tie event, held in the Great Hall of the Polish Museum of America, 984 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois, will include a champagne cocktail hour between 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. during which guests will view many Literary and Documentary Treasures that are not on display to the public. A delicious dinner, catered by Professional Chef, Tomasz Rybinski will be served at 7:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 9 p.m.

The elegant Benefit Event is also one of the major fundraisers for the museum.  Unlike the annual Summer Ball, it’s held every other year to honor new Life Members, who can be individuals, couples, organizations, institutions or corporations.  The donation can be made “in memory of” or “in honor of” a special person.  At the dinner, the honored new Life Members will receive a medallion, a plaque and a lapel pin.  Their names are also placed on the New Millennium Life Member Donor Plaque located in the foyer of the Great Hall of the Polish Museum.



Halloween is the Perfect Time to Check the Safety of Your Property for Ghouls and Goblins

Pumpkin(Chicago) Driveways, corridors, condominium party rooms and lawns are not as frightening as Frankenstein or Freddy Kruger. However, they all are potential liabilities against homeowners and condo associations that could have frightening results. According to premises liability expert, attorney Jeffrey Kroll (www.kroll-lawfirm.com), Halloween is the perfect time to appraise potential dangers for visitors to your property. “Parents protect their children on Halloween with fire-retardant costumes and equipping them with flashlights to be more visible,” said Kroll. “However, homeowners also have a responsibility to make sure their residences are safe for all the strangers that come knocking for treats.”

According to Kroll, here is what homeowners need to watch for:

Lighting for Entrance Ways: Hold the Candles

People walking up to your home might have to climb steps or walk down a long pavement before they get to your door. Be sure that the entire path is clear and lighted. Also, avoid using those candle luminaries in bags, they are a fire hazard and could brush up against a child’s costume.