This week please note the announcement of the upcoming short story competition sponsored by the Friends of Polish Art elsewhere on this page. If you or someone you know is interested in writing, spread the word that the FPA is giving everyone an opportunity to be published. Writing is a rewarding activity in itself, and it can be especially gratifying to see your words in print and to know that you are reaching a wider audience.

The American Council for Polish Culture is once again making scholarships available for summer studies in Poland. If you read the article, you will have a small taste of the benefits and the wonderful experience that resulted for last year’s winner, Christopher Wojdak. He was able to study Polish language at the prestigious Jagiellonian University in Krakow, one of Poland’s most beautiful cities. Two scholarships are available this year, and the recipients are sure to have an unforgettable time.

An outstanding day of Polish cultural celebration is in store for those who attend the Polish Folk Dance Festival at the American Polish Cultural Center in Troy, Michigan this coming March 6th. See the ad on page 4. No less than 16 groups are scheduled to perform. The setting is excellent, as will be the food, and the admission fee is only one dollar. You just can’t get more “bang” for your buck!

As often happens, there is more in store for our readers in the way of music and dance. Thanks to Raymond Rolak we have a report on page 6 on the 30th Anniversary celebration of the Polish National Alliance Centennial Dancers, which took place at the Cherry Hill Village Theater in Canton Michigan. We also report that Polanie will be having a Polish Platter Dinner event at Queen of Apostles in Hamtramck on March the 14th (Yum!). The group will also perform periodically throughout the event. Both Polanie and the Centennial dancers will be at the folk dance festival.

From our good friend Father Ventline, we have sad news of the passing of his cousin, Sister Brigid Mary Ventline and his friend Barney Hallman. Our prayers are with them.

We are now embarked on the Lenten season, but thanks to Kasia Ostrowski for her report on the Ostatki celebrations in Hamtramck, I will have to remember next year to begin my pre-Lenten celebrations on “Fat Thursday.”

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