Polish Constitution Day Celebration, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

08 May 2014 4:55 PM | Anonymous

On Sunday May 4, at the Spreckels Temple of Music (known to locals as the band shell in Golden Gate Park's music concourse), Polonia celebrated Polish Constitution Day, with Polish music, folk dancing and singing. The event was co-sponsored by the Polish-American Congress--Northern California Division and the Golden Gate Park Band (now in their 132nd season). 


The event celebrated the 223rd anniversary of the Polish Constitution of May 3rd, 1791 -- the second earliest document of its kind, created soon after the Constitution of the United States of America.  It was the first democratic constitution in Europe.


The keynote speech was delivered by the Honorable Małgorzata Cup, Consul for Culture, Education and Science, Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles.


Polish-American Congress President, Andrzej Prokopczuk, spoke with pride about Polish democratic traditions.


Emcee William Adasiewicz did an admirable job introducing the performers and speakers. 


The youngest classes of the John Paul II School of Polish Language in Walnut Creek entertained the audience with Polish dances (directed by Magdalena Leszowska). 


Łowiczanie Polish Folk Ensemble of San Francisco, directed by Mary Kay Stuvland, performed "Songs and Dances from Biała Podlasie."  Kasia Chaberska performed a solo song to the delight of the audience.


Seated on stage were Polish WWII veteran, Krystyna Chciuk (AK), Zofia Zakrzewska (Polam Federal Credit Union), Consul Małgorzata Cup, Polish American Congress-NCD President Andrzej Prokopczuk, and Caria Tomczykowska (President, Polish Arts and Culture Foundation).



Following the formal program, all were welcomed by the Polish-American Congress for a wine reception at the de Young Museum café.  




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