Dr. Jacek Bojakowski was made an honorary member of the Polish American Society during a reception in his honor held on Thursday, May 21. Guests at the reception enjoyed an entertaining discussion of the art and technology of painting miniature portraits. Dr. Bojakowski also gave a presentation of his miniatures at Gage Hall on Sunday, May 24. A practicing neurologist and neurophysiologist, Dr. Bojakowksi’s pursuits in addition to painting include metalwork, book covers, and writing poetry.
On Holy Saturday, April 4, Fr. Gabe of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church invited us to share the Polish tradition of blessing the baskets of food for Easter.
The food items in the święconka or Easter basket have special significance.
- Bacon – Boczek / Słonina — Symbol of the abundance of God’s mercy.
- Bread – Chleb — The staff of life given by God.
- Easter Bread – Babka — A round loaf of rich, eggy, yeast dough with raisins reminiscent of the risen Lord.
- Butter – Masło — Dairy products are included to celebrate the end of Lent and the richness of our salvation. Butter is often shaped into a lamb (symbolic of the Paschal Lamb) and known as a baranek.
- Candle – Świeca — The candle symbolizes Jesus, the Light of the World
- Colored Eggs – Pisanki— Both colored and uncolored hard-cooked eggs indicate hope, new life and Christ rising from his tomb.
- Ham – Szynka — Meats are symbolic of great joy and abundance in celebration of Christ’s Resurrection.
- Sausage – Kiełbasa — The sausage links are symbolic of the chains of death that were broken when Jesus rose from the dead as well as of God’s generosity.
- Horseradish – Chrzan — This is a reminder of the bitterness and harshness of the Passion of Jesus and the vinegar it is mixed with symbolizes the sour wine given to Jesus on the cross.
- Salt – Sól — Salt symbolizes is represented to add zest to life and preserve us from corruption.
- Sweets – Słodycze Sweets suggest the promise of eternal life or good things to come.
Following the blessing of the baskets, St. Joseph’s hosted an Easter egg hunt for the children.
Our 2014 annual potluck dinner was our best ever. Eighty-five guests arrived, food in hand, expecting a good time, and they were not disappointed. The array of fine Polish food was spectacular. And we had a special treat: a dance performance followed by a dance contest offered by Elite Dance International of Mt. Pleasant. Numerous door prizes were offered by Kiawah House Care, D & Z House of Books, Crave Charleston Catering, Lokal Sea Bar Restaurant on John’s Island, Euro Foods, and Rio Grande Restaurant.
Special thanks to our executive committee members Basia Rembiesa, Inka Szczypkowska, Beata Rogala Craver, Kasia Puckhaber, Jacek Bielawski and to our music director Stan Trojanowski. Club business sponsors are Kiawah House Care, Teresa Law from Carolina One Real Estate, and Beata Bennett from Dunes Properties.
Holy Saturday brings the blessing of the baskets. On April 19, Father Gabe of St. Joseph’s Church blessed the traditional Easter foods in our baskets with a generous blessed the traditional Easter foods in our baskets with a generous sprinkling of holy water.
Fifty club members and guests selected from dozens of salads, entrees and desserts.
Exceptional among the many fine desserts was the scrumptious banquet-sized cake baked
by Elzbieta Gomez.
The lively music before, during and after the dinner came courtesy of DJ Stan Trojanowski
A big “thank you” to those who organized and those who generously contributed to the party.
Special thanks to the hospitality of the Unitarian Church for the use of Gage Hall.
Approximately 75 Polish American Club members enjoyed Sunday Mass in Polish on Feb. 12 at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church. Fr. Artur Przywara was presented with a certificate of Honorary Membership by club president Charlie Sieracki. After Mass, members stayed for lively conversation and a wonderful selection of cakes, cookies, and pastries in the Meeting Center.
Club members celebrated Opłatek 2013 the evening of December 12 in the stables of the Old South Carriage Tours on Anson St., Charleston.
After Fr. Artur Przywara from St. Theresa the Little Flower Church said the blessing, Vice President Barbara Rembiesa introduced the opłatek celebration and then Events Coordinator Beata Craver lead us in singing Christmas carols. Refreshments included wine, water, bread, smolec and pickles.
Along with the opłatek wafers shared that evening, additional wafers were sold with proceeds going to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
We wish to thank our gracious host for this this evening David Compton, owner of Old South Carriage Tours.
Click here for an explanation of the opłatek Christmas tradition: http://www.catholiccompany.com/content/Oplatki-Christmas-Tradition.cfm
The Executive Committee wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and a blessed holiday season. Best wishes for a peaceful and prosperous New Year.
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Make a connection with our Polish heritage and enjoy good fellowship with the Polish American Society of Charleston. Click here for the membership form.
The Opłatek celebration for members only: Thursday, December 12 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm at 14 Anson Street, the Old South Carriage Co. Opłatek wafers will be available for $2.00 a pair with proceeds donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The response has been wonderful; we expect a full house. Because space is very limited, we are no longer accepting additional rsvp’s.
Photos from our 2012 celebration.