Wigilia 2019

Wesołych Świąt!

PACT and TPA are proud to announce this year’s Christmas Eve traditional “Wigilia” Celebration.  The word “Wigilia” comes from the Latin word “VIGILARE” – to await.

This year’s celebration is scheduled for Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Olivet Lutheran Church’s Christian Life Center, 5840 Monroe Street in Sylvania.  Doors open at 5:00 and Wigilia program and dinner start at 5:30.

The Wigilia Celebration includes:

Lighting of the First Candle

Reading of the Passage of the Birth of Christ

Sharing of Oplatek

Meatless Meal of Traditional Polish Food

Explanation of Wigilia Traditions

Singing Traditional Polish Christmas Carols (Koledy)

Price: $15 PACT or TPA members, $20 Non-members,

$10 Children age 5-12 , Children under 5 Free

Tickets must be pre-paid.  You may send your check into PACT,

P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania OH, 43560

or

Click here to pay online.

Be sure to write “Wigilia” in the memo on your check and include a telephone number.

Call Rozanne at 419-944-5312 with your questions

 


 


	

It’s that time of year we are looking for memberships and renewals to our organization.
Please consider joining the Polish American Community of Toledo (P.A.C.T.) today!
Our goal is to celebrate and promote our Polish American Heritage through events like the Kielbasa Cook Off, the Northwest Ohio Polish American Festival, the Polish Film Series, Wigilia Celebration and much more!
All members receive a membership card that gives them free or reduced entries to P.A.C.T. events and discounts with participating businesses.

Just click on the link under PACT Resources on the left and download the application.  You can send it along with the annual fee to PACT, P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania OH, 43560.

Or Click here to pay membership online.

You can also purchase Wigilia tickets and buy St. Anthony and St. Hedwig shirts online.


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Polish American Heritage Month is an annual designation observed in October. Across the globe, there are about 9.5 million Polish Americans. They represent about 3% of the American population. The first wave of millions of Poles migrated America between 1800 and 1860. The second and third generations of Poles were born in America in the late 1900’s, and grew up as Americans with a touch of Polish heritage. The Polish have always held onto a fierce passion for their culture, their independence, and their new country.

We celebrate Polish American Heritage Month in October, but it wasn’t always that way. Congress first deemed August as Polish American Heritage Month in 1981. Later, it moved to October to commemorate the first Polish settlers — as well as the deaths of General Kazimierz Pułaski and Tadeusz Kościuszko (military leaders who fought in the American Revolution). The switch also enabled schools to participate in celebrations. Whether you’re Polish American or not, it’s important to mark the culture of a people who helped shape this country.


The 2019 PACT/TPA Scholarship winners have been chosen. We extend our congratulations to this year’s winners.

The 2019 Scholarship winners are:LMueller Photo

Lauren Mueller is a sophomore at Owens Community College and is pursuing a Registered Nurse designation with an interest in cardiac nursing. Lauren is a Perrysburg High School graduate where she was involved in the theatre department.  Her hobbies include cooking, baking, reading and traveling.

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Colton Powaski, who recently graduated from Northview High School, plans to attend Miami University in the fall.  While at Northview, he was a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.  He obtained Varsity Letters in football and track and was on the Senior All-Academic Team football and track & field.  He also played Northview baseball and participated in Speech and Debate.  At Miami, he is planning a double major in International Studies and Russian, East European and Eurasian studies.

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Joseph “J. T.”  Puszczewicz is a Junior at Blissfield High School.  He was on the Principal’s Honor Roll with all A’s in 2017-2019 and a National Honor Society member in 2019.  He was Student Council Class Vice President 2016-2017.  J.T. is also a Life Scout with Blissfield Boy Scouts Troop 708 with a goal of becoming an Eagle Scout this summer.

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Morgan Simon is a freshman at Otsego High School.  She is a National Junior Honor Society member and was on the Otsego High School Varsity Cheerleader Team and a Historian for her Wood County 4H Club.  Morgan is the Wood County Junior Livestock Showman Champion for Beef Cattle (2015-2018).


The Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT) has announced  that the 2019  Toledo Area Polish American Festival will be held on May 17, 18, and 19, 2019  at the Club 16 facility located on King Road just south of Hill Avenue in Holland, Ohio.

“The 2019 Toledo Area Polish-American Festival” is being sponsored by PACT, a non-profit organization.  Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for Polish-American students and to help fund the building campaign for a new Polish Community Center.

Anyone interested in more information about the event, call Tom at 419-540-8667 .

For information about volunteering, call Stan at 419-280-0035.

For information regarding entertainment and activities, call Tim at 419-410-6167

Children’s activities, call Rozanne at 419-944-5312 or Sherry at 419-260-1970.

2019 Toledo Area Polish-American Festival

FACT SHEET

DATES – May 17, 18, and 19th, 2019

TIMES – Friday 4 PM to 11 PM  –  Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM  –  Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM

LOCATION – Club 16 Grounds – 316 King Road (just south of Hill Avenue)

FACT – Over 360,000 people in the Northwest Ohio area can claim some relationship to having a Polish heritage.

VENDORS

 

MAIN FOOD – 4 main food vendors serving a variety of Polish foods such as kielbasa, pierogi, galabki, and other delicious items.

ADDITIONAL FOOD ITEMS – Assorted foods including desserts, shaved ice, gourmet delicacies and fried goodies such as corn dogs, mac and cheese and pizza for the kids.

ARTS & CRAFTS – European and Polish American artisans and exhibitors displaying their crafts in our unique shoppers’ paradise. Arts and crafts will include, but not be limited to, glass blowing, jewelry making, stone carving, leather crafting and more.

ENTERTAINMENT – Visitors will see full-time entertainment including well-known national and local polka bands and dance groups,

THEME – The main theme and purpose of “2019 Toledo Area Polish-American Festival” is to promote the Polish-American culture through food, music, dance, the arts and education.

FESTIVAL HOST – The festival is being sponsored by the Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT), which is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the festival will provide scholarships to Polish-American students and financial assistance to other local groups who promote Polish cultural events. A portion of the proceeds will also be used to help build a Polish Community Center here in the Toledo area.


 

Friday night, something new, something cool!
DJ Tadeusz Gnida will spin the BEST songs from Poland and the US with our FIRST EVER Disco Polo Party!
For those who aren’t familiar with Disco Polo, it’s what ALL the DJ’s play at weddings, bars, festival and events all over Poland! Consider it polka music for the clubs!

Friday, May 17, 2019 Club 16, 316 King Road, Festival opens at 5:00 pm, Party starts at 8:00 pm!

Dancing with the stars, Polish edition starts after Echoes of Poland around 7:15 pm.

Echoes of Poland dancers at 6:30 pm.

 

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Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) and Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) Annual Scholarship Competition ends May 31, 2019

The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) and the Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) have announced that their Annual Scholarship Competition to award $4,000 to area Polish-American students is currently underway.

Over the past seven years over $24,000 in scholarship money has been awarded to students of Polish-American heritage in the Toledo area.

The competition is divided into two categories — High School and College. Applicants must fill out an application form and submit an essay. The high school category is for students in grades 8 – 12. Their essay topic is “What is the meaning of your Polish American heritage?” The college category is for undergraduate students and the topic of their essay is “What individual or event associated with Polish culture has impacted you, your community, or country the most, and why?”

If a public high school student is awarded a scholarship, funds will be placed in escrow until the student attends college.

Former scholarship winners are not eligible to receive another scholarship in the same category. For instance, a high school winner cannot receive another scholarship competing in the high school category. However, the student could re-apply and could win while attending college.

Applicants are required to complete a Scholarship Application Form and submit it along with their essay by May 31, 2019 to:  Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT), P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania, OH 43560

Click on the PACT/TPA Scholarship Application Icon in upper right hand corner under PACT Resources and download your application now!


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P.A.C.T. and the Toledo-Poznan Alliance are proud to announce the ONLY showing of the Academy Award Nominated and Cannes Film Festival Best Picture Winner “Cold War” (Zimna Wojna) in the Toledo Area!

THIS IS A FREE EVENT AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

A passionate love story between two people of different backgrounds and temperaments, who are fatefully mismatched and yet condemned to each other. Set against the background of the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland, Berlin, Yugoslavia and Paris, the film depicts an impossible love story in impossible times.
This movie is in Polish with English subtitles.

Please join us Wednesday, March 20th,
Doors open 6:15 pm, showing starts 7:00 p.m.,
Maumee Indoor Theatre, 601 Conant St, Maumee, OH