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Eleventh PolishFest deemed a success

Weather fails to keep hungry crowds away from Latham gathering

Families and friends of different cultures from around the Capital District gathered at the Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa Polish National Catholic Church on Old Maxwell Road in Latham for the 11th annual PolishFest Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2.

Families and friends of different cultures from around the Capital District gathered at the Blessed Virgin Mary of Czestochowa Polish National Catholic Church on Old Maxwell Road in Latham for the 11th annual PolishFest Friday, May 31, through Sunday, June 2. Photo by Zan Strumfeld.

— “We’ve been so fortunate in the Town of Colonie, we have so much diversity. We have the freedom here to interact with everyone, learn about different cultures,” Mahan said. “Although I’m 100 percent Italian, I remember my mother making me golabki and they were really, really good.”

The festival also featured music by Five +1 Band, The Rymanowski Brothers and Donny P & the Celebration. There was also a Chopin piano concert, and performances by the St. Adalbert’s Dancers and the BVMC Little Polish Folk Dancers. There was also an art exhibit inside of the church, containing work by a notable Polish painter, Jan Styka, as well as pieces painted by his daughter, Zofia Styka. The artwork was donated by the family of the late philanthropist and friend of the church, Dr. John A Cetner.

Pollack said as soon as the festival ends, they’ll begin planning for the next. She said come this fall, the church will host a dozynki, or a Polish harvest festival.

As the 11th annual PolishFest came to an end, Pollack couldn’t have been happier with the turnout and the outcome.

“We were very, very pleased,” she said. “It was fantastic.”

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