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  • Homeland Visits

  • 1980
    Dymitr Szach


  • 2001
    Maryann Dubowchik Bacsik/
    Mary Yurkosky Dubowchik


  • 2001
    William Morrison


  • 2003-2004 Andrew J. Smith

  • 2004
    Carol Morrison


  • In Poland, we stayed in Krynica, an old spa town less than one hour from the villages I had come to visit--the purpose of our trip. Our guide for this part of the trip was Petro Trochanovskyj, a Lemko poet and a cantor in the Gorlice church which also serves St. Michael the Archangel in Pielgrzymka.

    When the day came to visit the villages, we met with our young driver, later christened Mario Andretti by my husband, and a sweet, inexperienced interpreter who was clearly unconfident about her skills. We sped off, retracing our route through Gorlice, through Konieczna, where we had entered Poland from Slovakia, and then to areas we had not before seen. The Beskid Niski landscape was beautiful-with foothills and haystack-filled fields blending seemingly innumerable shades of greens and yellow ochre under a sky of continually changing blue-grays. The colors of the landscape are still imprinted on my mind.

    As we got closer to the village area, rows of very tall old trees beautifully lined both sides of the road with groups of children looking like picnickers with baskets seated beneath. Group after group seemed posed in a series of colorful tableaux. We learned they were mushroom-sellers and I wished we could stop as we hurtled by-- passing horse-drawn hay wagons at alarming speed.

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