An energetic group of kolednicy or Polish Christmas carolers gathered to sing old time carols at 12:30 PM on December 28, 2013. They started the celebration by singing on the steps of St. Stanislaus Catholic Church, a historic Washington County parish that was founded in 1889 by early Polish immigrants to Texas. The weather started off partly cloudy and cool but overall it turned out to be a beautiful and comfortable day for the 6th annual Kolędy Polskie in Chappell Hill. St. Stanislaus’ pastor, Father Jozef Musiol, a native Polish speaker with a great singing voice, helped Mike Addicks, Dr. Jim Mazurkiewicz, Mike Kurtin and Brian Marshall lead the group of about 80 singers of all ages, including a large delegation from Our Lady Of Czestochowa parish in Houston.
This years kolędy procession included a couple dressed as Mary and Joseph complete with the baby Jesus along with angels, shepherds, kings, beggars, Santa Claus, the grim reaper, a wolf like beast and an extinct Polish bison, the ever popular trouble-making turon. Traveling kolędy music was provided by a talented group of musicians that included Brian Marshall, Jakub Marshall, Michal Marshall, Ron Kasowski, Jake Kasowski, Frank Motley, Charlie Brossman, CJ Jozwiak, Brian Wisnoski and James Mazurkiewicz.
After singing and posing for a group photo, the carolers left the chuch aboard a big yellow school bus that took them to sing for four different families, first to the Chris Kaminski family followed by the Krolczyk/Malinowski and Pete and Pauline Mazurkiewicz families. The last stop for the bus was a visit to Tommy Lindsey who looks forward to the groups visit each year. The families responded with lots of great food and liquid refreshments for the kolednicy.
At each home, the group sang traditional Polish koledy including Gdy Sie Chrystus Rodzi, Pojdzmy Wszyscy, W Zlobie Lezy and Wsrod Nocnej Ciszy, a few english language Christmas carols and even a couple verses of Siwy Kon and other traditional Polish songs. A group photo was taken at the original home of Lorenz & Anna Mazurkiewicz who came to the Chappell Hill area from Weglewo, Poland.
After unloading from the bus at the church, the kolędy group drove to the Faterkowski family home for more singing and fellowship. As the sun set, the group walked next door to St. Stanislaus Cemetery for a candle light vigil at the cross of John Kmiec. Prayers were recited and more kolędy was sung in the cemetery. After a long day, everyone headed to Jozwiak’s Store to finish the evening with more fellowship, food, drink and dancing as the musicians continued to play old Polish songs throughout the evening.
This annual tradition of Kolędy Polskie In Chappell Hill turned out to be another beautiful day of celebration of our Polish history and heritage as family members young and old made lasting memories.