May 20, 2009, 10:29pm #
There are many Polish people in Tampa Bay, especially in the Clearwater/St. Petersburg area. There are four clubs: Polonia, Pulaski, Polish Center and one more I can't remember. I am an active member of the executive committee managing the Polish Center. We have over 400 members, weekly disco, dinner and movie events. We have invited and hosted many artists from Poland, such as: Doda, Ich Troje, Ani Mru Mru, Pazura, £zy, etc. who performed in our own big hall with a capacity of 600 people seated comfortably. There are also our own events with the local Polish bands playing contemporary Polish music. I am puzzled a bit by some of the comments claiming that there are no Polish people here. I know there are two organizations in Orlando, significant Polish presence in Miami, also in Sarasota, Gainesville and other cities. Where I live there are 8 Polish deli's within 10 minute driving distance. They would not thrive with a miniscule Polish population. Before any weekend and especially before the holidays you need to wait in line 30-60 minutes to get to the counter. And people do.
I know some of the people are cheap, some of them think they are so americanized they cannot participate in Polish community, but it is their problem. Majority of the people I know are proud, active and contribute to the common good.
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a weekly update about the events at the Polish Center in Clearwater.