PACB Celebrates Winter in Ski Country
Presenter: Mary Jane Masiulionis
To kick off its 70thanniversary year, the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo will celebrate the wintry weather with a program highlighting the culture of the ski-country town of Zakopane.
The program will begin at 7 pm Wed., Jan. 21and it will be held at the Harlem Road Community Center, 4255 Harlem Rd., Snyder.
The presenter of the program, newly elected PACB board member, Mary Jane Masiulionis, claims that Zakopane has more folklore than most places in Poland. Its costumes, cheerful music, dancing, and special dialect constitute one of the reasons this town in Poland’s Goral region has become so popular for both Poles and tourists from other countries.
“Goral” translates into English as “mountain”. To understand the present-day culture of Poland’s highlanders, we need to consider how their identity and concepts central to their culture are negotiated and even contested among the Gorale themselves and individuals outside the community, including scholars.
Who are the Gorale and where are they from? Wednesday evening’s presentation will answer that question through visuals, Gorale folk music, and dance. It will also include a discussion about the highlanders’ home and the instrumentation and dialect of song which makes the traditional Gorale music so distinct. The presentation will actually include music from a contemporary Gorale group, Zakopower, which uses guitar, electronic sounds, and percussion to enhance the traditional instrumentation.
Finally, The Polish Heritage Dancers of Western New York under the direction of Michelle Kisluk will perform a medley of dances. A highlight of their performance will be a dance called “Spisz”, the name of a region which covers a small area in the heartland of the Carpathian mountains.
A social hour with refreshments will follow. The program is free and open to the public. The Harlem Road Community Center is handicapped accessible.
For more information, call 434-4984.