NEW BRITAIN – From folk art to genealogy to language classes, there will be many interesting offerings at the Polish American Foundation’s booth at the Little Poland Festival this year.
The festival, organized by the Polonia Business Association, will be held on June 2 on Broad Street. The Polish American Foundation will have a double booth in the Haller Post parking lot.
Dorena Wasik, of the Polish American Foundation, said Polish postcards, featuring folk art, will be available.
“I got them as a gift from the mayor of Kadzidlo during a recent trip to Poland,” she said. “They have pictures of folk art from the Kurpie area of Poland. Lots of people from New Britain and Bristol can trace their roots back to that area.”
Additionally, visitors to the booth will be able to meet Tim Firkowski, the “genealogy detective,” who will be there for the fifth year in a row.
“People will be able to ask him questions and he can point them in the right direction and arrange appointments for consultations,” she said.
Wasik will also be promoting the Polish Language School for Adults, which has been offered for six years. This year, they are offering a 10-week fall beginner class for $23.
“A member of the Polish American Foundation made a donation to celebrate the 23rd anniversary of the Foundation and we wanted to offer this to encourage people to come to the Polish Language School,” said Wasik.
Debra Brodacki will be demonstrating how to make pisanki (decorated Easter eggs) and there will also be pisanki for sale.
The Polish American Foundation will also be taking down names of people interested in going on a bus trip to New York for the Pulaski Day parade in October.
“Last year we had two buses of people from New Britain,” said Wasik.
Visitors to the booth will also be able to pick up reusable grocery bags, as a city ordinance will be taking effect this fall banning disposable plastic bags.
Wasik said the Little Poland Festival may be the biggest ever this year.
“We have had excellent crowds, even when it was raining or cold,” she said. “I am excited on behalf of the Foundation. We have a fantastic festival with some nice entertainment lined up. The festival brings a lot of area people out, some of whom had roots in New Britain and return for it. We also get a lot of people from New York coming in to shop.”
For more information on the Little Poland Festival, visit littlepolandfest.com.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.