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Polish Heritage – Hamtramck/Detroit

Szopka, Paczki, and more *

© Becky Linhardt 2011

“December is always an active month for the Polish community in the Detroit area,” said Joan Bittner of the Polish Art Center.  “The Szopka exhibition here; Midnight Mass in Polish at St. Florian; shopping at the bakeries and markets in Hamtramck – it will be a very lively time.”  The annual Szopka, or crèche competition highlights a folk art tradition of painting a manger scene on the reverse side of glass but has evolved into 3 dimensions – and lots of glitter.

 As Lent nears, the last days of Karnaval time are celebrated.  The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is usually celebrated with paczki, a pastry that is something like a jelly donut with a very ooey, gooey fruit flavor filling. The bakeries along Joseph Campau Street sell out of the sweet treats quickly.

 Easter is also a special Holyday/Holiday.  The focus is food, lots of food, to enjoy after the Lenten fasts.  Easter eggs are an art form, actually several art forms.  Pisanki are dyed using a batik process; Malowanki are hand-painted; Drapanki have a design scratched into the surface of a solid color egg; and there are even more styles.  The Polish Art Center offers traditionally designed eggs for sale and organizes classes in several of the traditional methods of decoration.

 Acting as a focal point for the Polish community, the Polish Art Center’s web site has a Contact Us feature on their web site with links to Polish restaurants, markets, and bakeries, local churches, community action groups, – everything to immerse yourself in the Polish culture still active in Hamtramck.    

Polish Art Center – Retail shop is open daily year round. No admission

www.polartcenter.com or 888-619-9771

www.visitdetroit.com or 800-338-7648

 This link will quickly take you to the section of the Polish Art Center web site that has links to organizations in the Detroit area, the USA, and Poland.



The visual impact of the Polish Art Center can be almost overwhelming but there are decorative treasures to be found.  Christmas and Easter – especially the traditional decorated eggs but there is much more that has been imported and unique – always colorful! Accent items for the home will definitely spark a conversation so ask the shopkeepers lots of questions about the origins and the techniques so that you are ready for questions from visitors to your home.

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