Polish American Cultural Center Museum
Polish Harvest Festival “Dozynki”
Report by Michael Blichasz

On Sunday, October 23, the Polish Harvest Festival “Dozynki”, sponsored by the Polish American Cultural Center Museum and the Polish American Congress, took place at St. Adalbert Parish, Thompson Street and Allegheny Avenue in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia.

It began with a Polish Harvest Mass, celebrated by Msgr. Francis Feret, at 10:30 A.M. in St. Adalbert Church, with attendance over a thousand. St. Adalbert Polish Language School children, under the direction of Maria Koleda, sang for the Mass with Jerry Ossowski, as the parish organist.

Following the Mass the Harvest Festival took place in St. Adalbert’s Auditorium from 12 noon until 5 P.M. Over 600 people stopped by to enjoy an afternoon of great music by the Music Box Band, dancing, and entertainment by local dance groups including: St. Adalbert Polish Language School, Our Lady of Czestochowa Polish Language School, P.K.M. Polish Folk Dancers and the Janosik Polish Folk Dancers who performed for an enthusiastic audience. Throughout the afternoon the dancers joined with the guests to dance the Polonaise. At one point there were 100 people dancing the Polonaise. State Representative John Taylor, a well-known friend and supporter of Polonia, and his wife Evelyn, were special guests at the Polish Harvest Festival. The Polish Harvest Menu of traditional Polish foods was presented by Dorothy Skorczynski.

I want to thank Barbara Ilnicka who did a live broadcast of her Sunday afternoon program on 1540 AM from the Dozynki Festival.

I also want to extend a special thank you to individuals that helped me bring this event together. Two of the co-chairpeople were Theresa Romanowski, Vice President of the Polish American Congress and Board Secretary of the Museum, and Richard Klimek, also a member of the Board of the Polish American Cultural Center and Chairman of the Congress’s Youth Committee. Also, I would like to thank the officers of the Polish American Congress and the Cultural Center and the Museum’s Volunteers for helping make the event a success. Thanks also to Msgr. Francis Feret, Pastor of St. Adalbert Parish, for celebrating the Mass and participating at the Dozynki.

It took a lot of effort to make this event possible. The guests danced and sang, the children had a great time, and the reaction of the people was very positive. It was a great way to celebrate Polish American Heritage Month!