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2016 Evening Under The Stars With Dance Group WawelOn Saturday night, January 23, 2016, members of Houston based Wawel Dance Group held a big party and fundraiser on the grounds of Our Lady Of Czestochowa Catholic Church to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the group. The Wawel Polish Folk Dancers are a non-profit performing group dedicated to promoting Polish culture through song and dance. The group consists of high school, college, graduate students and adults.
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Videos From Koledy Polskie Polish Christmas Carolers In Chappell Hill TexasVideos from the Koledy Polskie celebration in Chappell Hill, Texas on December 26, 2015.

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Koledy Polskie Polish Christmas Carolers In Chappell Hill Texas

A large group of kolednicy or Polish Christmas carolers gathered to sing old time carols at 12:30 PM on St. Stephens Day, December 26, 2015. The opening ceremony was held 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 was cloudy and warm but overall it turned out to be a beautiful and comfortable day for the 8th annual Kolędy Polskie in Chappell Hill.
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Polish documentary film Empty NightsA Polish documentary film titled “Puste Nucs” or “Empty Nights” tells the story of an ancient rite, which supports the mourners in the difficult moments of the first days after the death of a loved one. This Empty Night rite is still in use in some parts of Poland.

45 minute long Polish language film with English sub-titles.

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Polonia Restaurant in Houston TexasLong time Polish Texans website sponsors Sharon & Andrzej Szpak serve up delicious Polish food at their restaurant in the Spring Branch area of Houston located at 1780 Blalock, near Beltway 8 and I10 West. This is the only restaurant in the Houston area that serves authentic Polish Cuisine. Enjoy traditional Polish favorites including bigos, kielbasa, pierogi, schabowy, golonka, paczki and more in an old world atmosphere. For a cozy dinner for two or a party for 100 or more people or anything in between, this is the place to go for good Polish food.
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2015 Celebrate Polish American Heritage Month In Texas

October is Polish American Heritage Month and after the typical long, hot Texas summer, it’s time to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather we traditionally have in October. There are plenty of festivals and other activities going on this month and here’s a list of some of the things you can do to celebrate your Polish heritage.

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2014 Celebrate Polish American Heritage Month In Texas

October is Polish American Heritage Month and after the typical long, hot Texas summer, it’s time to get out and enjoy the beautiful fall weather we traditionally have in October. There are plenty of festivals and other activities going on this month and here’s a list of some of the things you can do to celebrate your Polish heritage.

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About The Author: James Smock

James SmockJames Smock has always held an interest in his Polish ancestors and heritage. He is a native Houstonian with Polish roots in Bremond, Marlin and New Waverly, Texas.

James is a past president of the Polish Genealogical Society of Texas and was the founding webmaster of the PGST website. He also served as the Surname Index Coordinator from 1994 - 2000.

In addition to serving as the webmaster and editor of this Polish Texan website, he maintains a number of other websites including;

With a lifelong passion for photography, James can often be found with a camera around his neck. In addition to photographing family events and his grandchildren, he is the church photographer for St. Mary Catholic Church in Plantersville and St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stoneham. Many of his photographs can be found on the church website or his photography gallery.

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