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What an exciting year, with the climax being the Move of the Log Farmhouse to the Wilno Heritage Park site on November 4, 2006.

But there were many other exciting events earlier in the year.  On Heritage Day,  February, 20, 2006, we joined with Heritage Renfrew to celebrate the Polish Kashub Presence in Renfrew.

David presenting Irish Team Captain with Cup

Then on the first weekend in April, 2006, David Shulist, President of the Wilno Heritage Society, initiated the Opeongo Heritage Cup Tournament - promoting the cultural heritage of the area through Canada's favourite sport - Hockey! The Wilno Heritage Society joined with the Combermere and Killaloe Heritage Societies and the Zurakowski Park group of Barry's Bay to assist at the inaugural games. Cultural Hockey was a huge success and plans were made for next year.

Kashub Day, 2006, was rather cold and there were a few sprinkles of rain, but that did not stop Canada's Kashubs from celebrating their heritage.

In June, Shirley Mask Connolly went to Poland where she was honoured to be the first North American recipient of the Bernard Chrzanowski Medal - Poruszyl Wiatr od Morza [Translated: He Made the Sea Wind Blow"]presented by the Kashubian Pomeranian Association. At the same time, the Canadian Kashubs mourned the death of Rev. Aloysius Rekowski who first linked Canada's Kashubs with their roots in Kashubian Poland.

The big Summer event for the Polish Kashub culture in Canada, was the Music Tribute held on August 20 to celebrate the release of two new CDs based on John M. Glofcheskie's 1973 field recordings for the Canadian Museum of Civilization - a two CD set called Songs and Dances from Canada's Oldest Polish Community. See Heritage Store for details on ordering your CD set and also his other music CDs: Folk Music of Canada's Oldest Polish Community, released also in 2006 under the Museum of Civilization Archives Series. Also John's CD of Polish Hymns from St. Hedwig's Church Choir. The Music Tribute On August 20, 2006, was also in honour of all the participants of the field study in 1973.
 [These participants included the following singers and musicians- many now deceased: Tony Andrecheck, Dorothy Billings, Julia Burchat, Peter Chapeskie, Ted Coulas, Agnes, John and Monica Glofcheskie, August Kuiack, Flora Lazinski, Dominic and Rose Mask, Ann and John Mintha, Stanley Ostroskie, Joe Peplinskie, Frank Ritza, Michael Rumleskie, Elizabeth Shalla, Rose Stoltz, John Tomchick, Tommy and Elizabeth Yantha, Stella Yeretch, and the students of Elizabeth Shalla's Polish Class: Michael Glofcheskie, Susan Prince, Donna, Mary and Mary Jane Shalla]. 

Photo above: John Glofcheskie [left], who is responsible for recording and saving Canada's Polish Kashub Folk Music, and now sharing it with Canada's Kashubs, thanks to  funding assistance from the St. Stanislaus/St. Casimir's Polish Parishes Credit Union, Toronto and the support of the Wilno Heritage Society. Shown with John Glofcheskie, Credit Union Representatives, Julian Ciupak and Elizabeth Wozniak; also David Shulist, President of the Wilno Heritage Society [in Kashubian costume] and Martha Linton, contributor to original recording in 1973 [in Polish costume].

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