Seeking New Members

If you want to learn about Polish customs, language, traditions and folk dance, the Krakowiaki Polish Folks Circle wants you! Our goal is to preserve Polish culture here in the Mahoning Valley by educating our next generation on its beauty.

The group is hosting an Open House on Thursday April 22 at 7 PM at St. Joseph the Provider on 633 Porter Avenue, Campbell, OH 44405.

The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle is seeking local musicians and vocalists interested in performing with the group's Village Folk Singers & Band. Their group is currently creating a new suite of songs, dances and recitations that takes audiences to the Tatry Mountains of Southern Poland. Here the Gorale tell their stories of life, love, adventure and hardship through their music.

Experience Level
Music director describes the material to be well within the capabilities of a moderately experienced player-youth or adult.

All instrumentalists are welcome but particularly needed are players of cimbalom, violin, string bass, viola, trumpet, clarinet, concertina and accordion. Vocalists are welcomed in all voices and level of experience.

Rehearsals are once a month on Thursday evenings from 6-8 at St. Joseph the Provider on 633 Porter Avenue, Campbell, OH 44405.

Music is provided in advance and is available for your review at any practice session.

Performances are bimonthly on average and include area senior citizen facilities, parades, festivals, Polish Day, the Canfield Fair, seasonal caroling and the Polish Arts Wigilia Dinner. Participation in all events is not required.

REMEMBER:
  • No Polish folk dance or choir experience is required.
  • You don't have to be of Polish heritage.
  • Must be willing to have a good time and make new friends!
  • Must be open to learning about Polish language, culture and folk dance.


  • To get a taste of the type of sound the group is trying to create, check out the song Zurawie by the Warsaw Village Band on YouTube.com.

    The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle is a non-profit, community-based organization that is devoted to conveying to the next generation an appreciation of authentic Polish culture and heritage through exploration of dance, music, language study and folk art in a fun and supportive environment. The folk group performs with the dancers throughout the year at various community events.

    For more information call Aundrea Cika Heschmeyer, Director, Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle at 330-646-4082 or email aundrea@polishyoungstown.com.

    "This year we are continuing our exploration of the Gorale, the people of the Tatry Mountains of Southern Poland," says Aundrea Cika Heschmeyer, Krakowiaki director. "The area is rich with an interesting culture and tradition very different from our own. Everything will be new, so it a perfect time to join us."

    Here is an example of the kind of dancing we do: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbaDlqaU4rw

    No experience with dance or Polish language is necessary. In fact, you don't even have to be Polish! Ages 3-Adults welcome.

    For more information, call 330-646-4082 or email at aundrea@polishyoungstown.com.