Another Christmas season means another Christmas Eve vigil (Wigilia). This year, PACT and TPGS (Toledo Polish Genealogy Society) once again teamed up to mark the most important day of the Christmas season for Polish people. Wigilia traditions this year included lighting of the first candle, sharing of oplatek, and a meatless meal of traditional Polish dishes. Guest speaker Lidia Ebersole gave us a look into Wigilia in Poland. She is a native of Poland and has spent 26 years celebrating Christmas in her homeland. Now as a citizen of the US, she shared her in depth knowledge and experience of the traditions her family follows during this most sacred time. She also shared many of her personal pictures of Christmas in Poland. Stan Machosky and Jackie Konwinski were the emcees of the evening and Gayle Sparagowski worked tirelessly in the kitchen to deliver a delicious meal. Kolendy (Christmas Carols) were lead by Rob Szczublewski, John Drozdowski and Lidia Ebersole. Thank you to all who helped with the preparations for this year’s Wigilia and to John Drozdowski for taking photos.
#GivingTuesdayNWO is a global day dedicated to giving. Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesdayNWO is a day when individuals, charities, families, businesses and community centers come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. #GivingTuesdayNWO will be held on November 28, 2017.
PACT has registered with the Toledo Community Foundation’s #GivingTuesdayNWO matching grant program. This Foundation program will match on a one-to-one basis (up to $500.00) any money donated to PACT on November 28, 2017.
How You Can Help
Make a donation online on Tuesday, November 28 at this secure website by clicking on the donate button at the top of the page. You can use PayPal or your credit card.
If online donation isn’t possible, you may write your check to PACT, dated November 28, 2017 with #GivingTuesdayNWO on the memo line, and mail it to PACT P.O. Box 1033, Sylvania, OH 43560.
Please include the following: Name, Address, Phone # and Email address.
Save these dates: May 18, 19, and 20th of 2018. A real Polish American Festival will be held at Club 16 on King Road in Holland Ohio. It will be sponsored by PACT and hosted by Club 16.
The music line up for the festival is:
Friday, May 18th: Dynabrass from 6:30 to 10:30 PM
Saturday, May 19th: Duane Malinowski from 1:00 to 5:00 PM
Echoes of Poland from 5:00 to 6:00 PM
Randy Krajewski and Badinov from 6:30 to 10:30 PM
Sunday, May 20th: Polka Mass at 11:00AM with Kielbasa Kings
Kielbasa Kings from 1:00 to 5:00PM
Visit our festival website often for all information about the festival. http://www.toledopolishfestival.org/ New information will continually be updated! Like us on facebook: fb/Toledo Polish American Festival.
2017 marks the 50th year of The Echoes of Poland presenting authentic Polish Folk Songs and Dances under the direction of foundress and choreographer, Paulina Tul-Ortyl. To celebrate, The Echoes are planning a Golden Anniversary Gala on Saturday, October 14th in the ballroom of the Radisson Hotel UTMC in Toledo.
Buffet dinner – music by internationally acclaimed artist John Gora & Gorale. The celebration continues at an after-gala gathering in the hotel lounge. $50 per person, 18 & Under $20. Reserve online @echoesofpoland.org.Reservation deadline extended to Oct 4th.
The Polish American Community of Toledo and Toledo Poznan Alliance are proud to announce the 2017 Scholarship winners. Each winner will receive $1,000.00 toward their college tuition.
This year’s winners are:
Alexander Zuchowski. Alex will be a sophomore at the University of Cincinnati this fall. Alex is the 2017 recipient of an Engineering and Applied Sciences Freshman Scholastic Award and the 2017 President’s award for Educational Excellence. He is a member of the National Honor Society and the Marching and Concert Band at the University. Alex dances in the famous Echoes of Poland dance group.
Chase Mackiewicz. Chase will be a sophomore at Perrysburg High School this year. He is on the honor roll and a recipient of a Toledo Youth Orchestra Scholarship. He also participates on the Perrysburg H.S. Track Team. He is the 5th generation Mackiewicz to play in the fabulous Toledo based Polish American Concert band (trumpet).
Marie Nitkiewicz. Marie attends Bowling Green State University, studying to be a high school history teacher. She is a multiple Americanism and Government Test Winner (2014 and 2015), a member of Future Teachers of America (2014 and 2015) and active in the Education Learning Community (2016-2017).
Nathan Oblizajek. Nathan will be a sophomore at Ohio Northern University in the Pharmacy Doctorate Program. He is a National Honor Society Member (2014-2016), a Bishop’s Cross Recipient (2016) and has received an outstanding Science Student Award (2016). He regularly volunteers for Habitat for Humanity.