On March 12, First Selectman Mack announced that meeting rooms in emergency services facilities would be suspended until further notice. Therefore, the April 1 meeting of the Polish Heritage Society scheduled to be held in the Suffield Ambulance Center has been canceled.
One of the fun topics that sometimes arises in a Polish Heritage Society (PHS) meeting has to do with the family cow. The members of the PHS that tended to the family cow, whether on their own property or their grandparents’, loved that animal.
In November, the Polish Heritage Society (PHS) enjoyed a fascinating presentation about the Christmas tradition of “szopka,” hand-made nativity scenes within a colorful castle. The presenter, Marek Czarnecki, annually guides the children in Hartford-area Catholic schools who build these structures using everyday household items such as paper towel rolls, boxes, foil, plastic bottles, and wrapping paper.
With the holiday season right around the corner, the next three meetings of the Polish Heritage Society (PHS) will highlight Christmas and New Year traditions. The gatherings are open to anyone interested in learning about, preserving, and perpetuating the culture that was passed on from our Polish ancestors.
In October 2016, the Polish Heritage Society presented a unique music program that combined the history of the Polish immigrant movement into Suffield with the development of the folk songs from their native land.
If you are of Polish descent and attending college this fall, you may be eligible for a $1000 scholarship! The Polish American Journal Foundation (PAJF) is a non-profit organization that promotes Polish and Polish American culture and traditions across the country.
1. The early Polish farmers in Suffield and other towns in the northern Connecticut River Valley are credited with rejuvenating the soil that the Yankee farmers had depleted of nutrients. They did that by: