SZOPKA FESTIVAL & COMPETITION
SZOPKA FESTIVAL & COMPETITION HELD ON DEC. 2nd
The Utica Public Library will host the 3rd Annual Szopka Festival & Competition in the library gallery. The Kopernik Memorial Association in collaboration with the Notre Dame High School Ensemble, have put together this incredible event that includes a special art display, live performances, reception, craft activities, and an awards presentation.
The exhibition itself will feature community entries of Polish Szopka. Szopka are unique Nativity scenes that are ornately rich and detailed miniatures using recycled materials, colored foil, and assorted trims. The finished creations are built to resemble the medieval architecture of Kraków. These hand fashioned Christmas Cribs are a Polish tradition dating back to the 19th century.
The Festival will take place on Saturday, Dec. 8th. From 11:00 am – 12:45 pm the public will be able to view & vote for the “Viewer’s Choice Award.” Musical performances by the Notre Dame Ensemble & Polish Koledy with John Ossowski will take place from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm. At 12:00 noon till 2:00 pm activities for children ages 6-11 will begin, including making a Gwiazda (Polish Christmas Eve Star). At 1:00 pm the Szopka Competition Awards Presentation will commence. There will be a special visit from St. Nick at 1:15 pm. A special exhibit of Polish Vintage Regional Folk Wreaths will also be on display.
All events of the Festival are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.
Polish items will be available for purchase. Authentic Traditional Szopka will be on display.