Wind up your Christmas in January with caroling at New Britain's Sloper-Wesoly House

Published on Thursday, 26 December 2019 13:53
Written by Justin Muszynski


NEW BRITAIN - Christmas won’t be over for a few weeks here in New Britain, at least at the Polish American Foundation.

The foundation on Jan. 12 will host its annual Kolędy Christmas Carol concert at the Sloper-Wesoly House, located at 27 Grove Hill. The event is free to the public and begins at 5 p.m.

“We invite the public to hear the concert and see the house,” said Dorena Wasik, program director for the foundation’s Welcome Home program.

“It’s after Christmas, so everyone is a little more relaxed,” she continued. “It closes the holiday season.”

“They can come and sing with us,” Wasik said. “We usually carol for about an hour. It’s a chance to relax after the holiday. It’s also a chance for Americans to hear Polish Christmas carols.”

Wasik said the concert is usually very well attended, and features Christmas carols in both Polish and English. She added that the concert is a sing-along, during which the audience sings all the lyrics while Walter Gwardyak volunteers to play the piano.

“The building is always full,” she said. “We get an excellent turnout.”

Gwardyak is a jazz pianist, arranger and composer who frequently plays with the Hartford Symphony.

“I’m happy to be able to perform it and have people sing all the Polish carols,” he said.

“I grew up with the Polish music,” Gwardyak added.

“It’s a very happy event,” he said. “Usually the place is packed to the rafters.”

In addition to hearing the carols, Wasik said, the event is also a great chance for the public to come explore the Sloper-Wesoly House.

“It’s a good chance to see it,” she said. “People all want to see the house. People are often curious about the house.”

For more information about the Polish American Foundation, visit

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Posted in The Bristol Press, Arts, General News on Thursday, 26 December 2019 13:53. Updated: Thursday, 26 December 2019 13:56.