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INTRODUCING SQUEEZEFEST IN HISTORIC POLONIA
An Authentic 1960s Eastside Polka Party to Feature Members of the Polka Hall of Fame
BUFFALO, N.Y. – A rare performance by Polka Hall of Fame musicians will provide a vintage soundtrack for the first ever St. Stan’s Polka “Squeezefest.” Squeezefest will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2011, 5p-11p, at St. Stanislaus Church’s Social Center, 389 Peckham Street at Fillmore Avenue, Polonia District, Buffalo.
The nationally touring polka ensemble Full Circle will feature four members of the Polka Hall of Fame, Lenny Gomulka, Al Piatkowski, Jimmy Weber, Mike Matousek and polka veterans Mike Stapinski & Roger Malinowski. In 2009 after years of leading their own bands, Full Circle came together to recreate historic polka sounds of the 50s, 60s & 70s. SqueezeFest will also feature The Buffalo Concertina All Stars for an evening of non-stop polka fun.
Fans of “authenticity” will enjoy colorful polka dancing, Polish food, beer and spirits inside a cool 1960‘s social center located in one of Buffalo’s most storied neighborhoods. Promotional support is being provided by Genesee Beer.
Squeezefest will take place at the start of community-wide activities surrounding the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s 2011 National Preservation Conference. SqueezeFest organizers invite out-of-town guests and Western New Yorkers to this Buffalo ethnic experience in a historic setting.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Pre-sale tickets are available at the St. Stanislaus Church Rectory 716.854.5510 or by calling Jackie Schmid at 716.444.8693. (www.SqueezeFest.com). SqueezeFest benefits the efforts of St. Stanislaus Church.
St. Stanislaus Church is located in Buffalo’s Historic Polonia District. Centered two miles from Buffalo’s Downtown core, The Historic Polonia District is home to an unique collection of cultural, ethnic and architectural landmarks. Heritage sites include The Broadway Public Market, St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church, St. Adalbert’s Basilica, Corpus Christi Church, Buffalo Central Terminal, The Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle and a number of friendly, family owned Polish taverns.
Founded in 1873, St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Church is regarded as the “Mother Church of Buffalo Polonia.” It was established to serve the spiritual needs and offer temporal guidance to what was once the second largest Polish-American colony in North America. The parish has the distinction of being the oldest Polish parish in the Diocese of Buffalo and is the oldest in New York State. Today, under the leadership of Pastor Thaddeus Bocianowski, the Parish serves a diverse population while maintaining its rich Polish heritage and customs through daily liturgy and cultural, educational and social activities (www.StStanislausChurch.com).