Karlene of the Classy Red Hatters (See row 1, photo 3, far
left.) invited Queen Jill to go along with
her chapter to a fabulous reenactment of a traditional Polish country
wedding reception. The bride, groom, their
families, and all the dancers were dressed in traditional Polish
the bride and groom entered the reception hall, they were greeted with
the Polish custom of bread and salt. Then came the champagne
toast and casting of the glasses by the bride and groom. Cheers
went up "Sto lat, sto lat." ("May you live a hundred
years.") and, "Gorzko, gorzko," ("May you sweeten
life by kissing".)
the bride and groom were seated and the sobotka performance (Polish
folkdancing) began. Children of all ages and adults wearing
festive and colorful garb entertained the bride and groom and all the
guests. It was non-stop and quite spectacular.
watching the sobotka performance, we were served a delicious
wedding dinner consisting of generous portions of pickles,
tomatoes, green salad, noodle soup, pork cutlets, vegetables, mashed
potatoes, and a myriad of delicious desserts. Traditional Polish
honey wine was the main drink.
dinner, there was "game dancing", where the guests could
also join in. Most of the dances were done in circles, and the
"kissing dance" was the most fun to watch. The
men formed an inner circle and the women formed an
outer circle. When the music began, they would dance in opposite
directions. When the music stopped, the dancing stopped,
and the women kissed the men who stopped in front of them.
evening was conducted in both English and Polish. It certainly
felt like we actually were in the Polish countryside.