This musical journal introduces you to Andrea and Peter Schafer, third generation Polish-Americans, and the heritage they love. My Harvest Home is a heartfelt collection of some of Andrea's favorite songs, dances, games, sayings and customs from a variety of regions of Poland - customs that are very much alive in the homes and hearts of Polish-Americans from Chicago to New York to Wisconsin.
The Schafers not only share with you a taste of Poland's cultural richness, but also give you a springboard to guide you to a greater appreciation of the heritage of so many Americans.
There is far more to Polish music and dance than the polka! Both Andrea's and Peter's homelife taught them this early on, and their many trips to their families' homeland truly opened their eyes and ears.
The Schafers are members of the Lira Ensemble, a prefessional group that brings Polish music and dance into American life and builds bridges of understanding through presentations of Polish culture. Join them on the wonderful musical journey.
The book includes:
Historical and cultural background about Poland and the Polish-American community.
Map of Poland
Musical selections for all ages and abilities including Polish, phonetic pronunciation, English translation, copy-permissable musical transcriptions and personal reminiscences.
Recipes - widely known and well loved - sustenance for your journey.
Folkart projects to brighten your environment and create a setting for the music.
The audio CD includes:
Every selection in the book.
Inspiring performances by the Pytlik Brothers Polish Folk Ensemble of Chicago and singers Diane Busko Bryks, and Peter and Andrea Schafer.