Letter From Director
It is the time of year when temperatures and leaves start dropping and we say goodbye to the summer of 2016. One of the highlights of the summer was our 35th year of Polish Fest. It is with the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers that we were able to put on this 3-day event to over 35,000 fest-goers and a media outreach of over 1.2 million people to promote understanding and appreciation of our Polish heritage. I am happy to report that Polish Fest made a substantial profit to help support our mission and keep our Polish Center alive. I am thankful and proud of all the volunteers, chairpersons, Polish Fest Managing Committee, Polish Heritage Alliance Board of Directors, and the staff of the Polish Center of Wisconsin for the support, effort and dedication to make the 2016 Polish Fest a success. We all should be proud of the wonderful event that we host each year in Milwaukee that showcases the arts, culture, and tradition that is uniquely Polish.
Thanks to Janine Adamczyk, the 5 stages of entertainment were outstanding and definitely enjoyed by many. We not only had a variety of bands but dancers, magicians and of course the Chopin Youth Piano Competition and the Polish Fest Pageants. Sunday morning’s mass was celebrated by Archbishop Jerome Listecki. We are thankful for his participation as well as all the clergy that joined him.
I also want to thank the Capuchins' for hosting their Run-Walk For The Hungry for the first time with us in 2016- looking forward to 2017 with you!!
Polish Fest 2017 will be our 36th year and scheduled for June 16-18 (Fathers Day Weekend). We have a number of Market Place and Food Vendors that have already asked to be part of our festival next year. Chopin Vodka along with Dorda Double Chocolate Liqueur already has made a commitment to join us again.
Polish Fest would not be possible without the volunteers. It takes a lot of dedication, commitment and hard work to make this event happen. It is my hope that we find enjoyment in doing this and can continue to grow our volunteer network.
I would also like to thank our sponsors for without their financial support we would not be able to put on our festival- so please utilize their goods and services when you can and help show them our support.
I look forward for next year our 36th year- June 16-18 2017- Where Art, Heritage and Entertainment Come Together!
Jeffrey E. Kuderski
Polish Fest Director
Office: 414-529-2140 x 102