NEW BRITAIN - Christmas wonâ€™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 KolÄ™dy 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.
â€śWe invite the public to hear the concert and see the house,â€ť said Dorena Wasik, program director for the foundationâ€™s Welcome Home program.
â€śItâ€™s after Christmas, so everyone is a little more relaxed,â€ť she continued. â€śIt closes the holiday season.â€ť
â€śThey can come and sing with us,â€ť Wasik said. â€śWe usually carol for about an hour. Itâ€™s a chance to relax after the holiday. Itâ€™s also a chance for Americans to hear Polish Christmas carols.â€ť
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.
â€śThe building is always full,â€ť she said. â€śWe get an excellent turnout.â€ť
Gwardyak is a jazz pianist, arranger and composer who frequently plays with the Hartford Symphony.
â€śIâ€™m happy to be able to perform it and have people sing all the Polish carols,â€ť he said.
â€śI grew up with the Polish music,â€ť Gwardyak added.
â€śItâ€™s a very happy event,â€ť he said. â€śUsually the place is packed to the rafters.â€ť
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.
â€śItâ€™s a good chance to see it,â€ť she said. â€śPeople all want to see the house. People are often curious about the house.â€ť
For more information about the Polish American Foundation, visit paf-ct.org.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.