The vocal group “Wesołe Wdówki” was formed in the fall of 2008. It operates at the Józefów Branch of the “Uśmiech” Cultural Center.
The main reason behind the formation of the band was to create opportunities for not only retirement-aged people to contact one another, and develop both their new and old interests.
The band performs at local fairs, harvest festivals, and other special events. It takes part in festivals of artistic activities for elders, where it receives commendations.
The first instructor of the band was Mr. Jan Jaworski. At present, the band is conducted by the music instructor Mr. Waldemar Dąbrowski, and the theater instructor Ms. Joanna Michrowska-Kamińska.
The amateur band “Ożarowskie Kumoszki” was formed in 1978 at the Association of Retired Persons and Pensioners. Its founders were Mr. Pałucha and Mr. Kucharski. At first, the band comprised 14 people. The elders sang a cappella, and their supervisor was Mr. Zofia Więcławska, who also incorporated short theater plays and skits into the repertoire of the band. Later, the band was taken over by the “Uśmiech” Cultural Center at 6 Konotopska Street, where rehearsals took place.
The first conductor of the band became Mr. Antoni Kwiek. The author of numerous lyrics for “Ożarowskie Kumoszki,” which are still part of the repertoire, and—at the same time—an active member of the band was Mr. Tadeusz Żychliński.
Other people who have contributed to the success of “Ożarowskie Kumoszki” include Wanda Kulesza, Zofia Wójcik, Jacek Kuropatwa, Wojciech Siennicki, Roman Machaj, Beata Frejnik, Małgorzata Brykała, Janina Patocka, and its current instructors: Jolanta Sikorska and Jacek Waldemar Dąbrowski. The band “Ożarowskie Kumoszki” successfully participates in numerous competitions and festivals of artistic activities for elders. Those events are organized in Warszawa Zachodnia County, in the city of Warsaw, and in other regions of Poland.
The folk band “Ożarowiacy” was formed in 2002. It operates at the “Uśmiech” Cultural Center in Ożarów Mazowiecki, and is composed of four dance groups of children and adolescents, divided by age. The repertoire of the band comprises Polish folk songs and dances from the regions of Mazovia, Cracow, Silesia, Spisz, and Kashubia.
The aim of the band is to preserve authentic Polish folklore, and to cultivate Polish traditions, folk customs, dances, chants, the folk dialect, games, and the ability to play folk instruments. The band promotes Ożarów Mazowiecki Commune not only during local performances and festivals, but also in Warszawa Zachodnia County, and in other regions of Poland. “Ożarowiacy” have performed as guests at festivals at home and abroad.
From the beginning of its existence, the band has been conducted by the instructors Ms. Małgorzata Wojciechowska and Mr. Waldemar Dąbrowski; since 2013 the vocal workshops have been conducted by Mr. Mariusz Latek.