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Polish Heritage Day at Kensico Dam

July 21, 2005

The music, dance, crafts and food of the culture of Poland will highlight the 28th annual Polish Heritage Celebration on Sunday, July 24, from noon to 6 p.m., at the Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

Opening ceremonies, featuring anthems and the customary Krakow trumpet call, will be performed by the Polska Sobotnia Szkola, the children’s Polish heritage group from the Church of Saint Casimir in Yonkers. “The Ablemen” Orchestra will play traditional polka music throughout the day.

There will also be Polish folk dancers in costume, along with a variety of children’s entertainment. Throughout the festival, a selection of Polish foods such as keilbosy, pierogies and golumbki will be for sale.

Visitors can also immerse themselves in Polish culture, past and present, at “Poland in Perspective,” a traveling exhibit sponsored by the Westchester Pulaski Association that illustrates 1,000 years of Polish history with displays of maps, history and narrative.

Other highlights of the event will be the presentation of this year’s Miss Polonia and the marshal of the annual General Casimir Pulaski Parade. Admission and parking at the festival are free. The event will be held rain or shine. Seating is informal; bring chairs or blankets for seating on the lawn.

The Kensico Dam Plaza is located in Valhalla at the north end of the Bronx River Parkway.

For more information call (914) 864-PARK. General information on Westchester County Parks is available at The celebration is sponsored by Westchester County Parks and the Westchester Pulaski Association.


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