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  • Polish dancers from Eugenia's Dance Studio, in West Seneca, brought authentic costumes and dance steps to Polish Night at Saint Mary of the Lake.
Polish sounds in the Southtowns are traditional but unique
Date: 2015-04-16
HAMBURG — Saint Mary of the Lake Church on Lake Shore Road in Hamburg, hosted a Polish Night, to celebrate Polish heritage and music with authentic dancers from Eugenia’s Dance Studio in West Seneca, a traditional Polish dinner and music by Tony Krew and Company.My knowledge of Polish music extends about as far as polka. Having not danced a polka since gym class in third grade, I thought I should go on an adventure to discover the traditional music that is significant for so many people in the Southtowns. At St. Mary’s, Polish Night started with Mass led by the Rev. Richard Biernat, who is originally from an area of Poland south of Krakow. He spoke extensively about the differences and similarities between Polish culture in Poland and the traditions of Polish Americans.Georgia Pietraszek, who attended Polish Night, said she appreciated hearing the Polish hymns, because it’s her heritage and she remembers many of the songs from her childhood.Before that night, I had never heard any hymns...
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