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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.

Celebrate Polish American Heritage Month In Texas

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.

Tekla Klebetnica Folk Group To Visit Texas Again

The Tekla Klebetnica band from Poland to visit TexasAfter a very sucessful tour of Texas last year, four members of the Polish folk group Tekla Klebetnica, Zygmunt Czupryn, Anna Adamowska, Wojciech Świerczyna, and Marcin Bobak will be coming back to Texas in September as guests of Bryan residents Jim and Kathy Mazurkiewicz. The talented group came in second place in “Mam Talent” or “Got Talent” in Warsaw last year competing with contestants from Poland, Ukraine, Slovakia and other countries. They were the only musical group to make the finals with over 8,000 different performances that originally applied for the contest.

2014 Houston Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival Scheduled For September 12 – 14

2014 Houston Dozynki Polish Harvest FestivalThe 6th annual traditional Dożynki or Polish Harvest Festival will be held at Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church in Houston, Texas on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, September 12, 13 and 14, 2014. The festival starts on Friday evening from 4 pm to 10 pm and continues on Saturday and Sunday with two full days of live Polish music, dancing, folk programs, a dożynki parade with traditional harvest celebration and thanksgiving, national costumes, dożynki wreath, sharing of bread and other entertainment. There will also be activities for the kids, a silent auction and arts, craft and gift booths. Pierogi, bigos, gołąbki and other traditional Polish food will be served along with Texas barbecue and an assortment of delicious deserts. Soft drinks, beer and wine will also be available.

Bremond Ready For 27th Annual Polski Dzien Celebration

27th Annual Polski Dzien (Polish Day) In Bremond TexasThe Bremond Chamber of Commerce is busy getting ready for the huge crowd that will come to celebrate Bremond’s rich Polish heritage at Polski Dzien (Polish Day) XXVII on Friday and Saturday, June 27 – 28, 2014. This year’s festival will feature lots of delicious Polish food, cold piwo, entertainment by the Dance Group Wawel and plenty of good Polish music by Polska Kapela and Brian Marshall and friends.

2014 Homecoming Bazaar At St. Joseph’s In Stoneham

2014 St. Joseph Catholic Church In Stoneham Texas Annual BazaarOn Sunday, May 26, 2013, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stoneham, Texas held their annual homecoming bazaar to celebrate the 115th year of the founding of the historic parish. St. Joseph’s was established in 1909 by a group of Polish-speaking immigrants from the Grimes Prairie, Stoneham and Plantersville areas. This year’s bazaar started with a special Mass celebrated by Fr. Bill Kelly at 10:30 am in the beautiful old church. At 11:00 am, workers started serving a delicious barbecue pork and beef dinner with all the fixings including a wide array of homemade deserts and cold ice tea.

St. Joseph In Stoneham Annual Bazaar On Sunday May 25th

2014 St. Joseph In Stoneham Texas BazaarSt. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Stoneham, Texas will be hosting their annual homecoming bazaar on Sunday, May 25, 2014 on the church grounds. St. Joseph Catholic Church was established in 1909 by a group of Polish-speaking immigrants from the Grimes Prairie, Stoneham and Plantersville areas.

Activities include a delicious barbecue dinner, booths and games for adults and children, raffle, live auction and live country and Polish music by Bill Mock and the Hwy 105 Band and Brian Marshall and friends.

Eighth Annual Houston Polish Festival Held On May 3 – 4

2014 Eighth Annual Polish Festival In Houston TexasBeautiful spring weather welcomed a large crowd of visitors to Our Lady of Czestochowa Catholic Church as the parish held their 8th annual Polish Festival on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, 2014. The festival was held on the church grounds in the Spring Branch area of Houston. The festival opened on Saturday morning with music by DJ Chris Piorkowski and singing by Edward Winiarski, followed by a rousing performance of Polish folk dancing by Houston’s own Wawel Dance Group.

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