When : Always the Monday after Easter

Dyngus Day is very popular in Poland, and in Polish communities across America. After the long Lenten holiday, Dyngus Day is a day of fun. And a little romantic fun. It is always celebrated on the Monday after Easter.


Dyngus Day Tradition:

There are all sort of ways for boys to meet girls. But, this one takes the cake.

Guys, on this day you get to wet the ladies down. Sprinkling or drenching with water is your goal. Chase after the ladies with squirt guns, buckets, or other containers of water. The more bold and gallant boys, may choose to use cologne. Hitting (gently, please) the ladies on the legs with switches or pussy willows is also common.

Yes ladies, you can strike back. Ladies , you get your revenge on Tuesday, when tradition has it that you throw dishes or crockery back at the boys. It has become increasingly popular for the ladies to get their revenge on Monday, tossing water back at the boys.

Note: Dyngus Day is also called Wet Easter Monday. Hmmmmm, I wonder why!?


Origin of Dyngus Day:

When exploring the roots of Dyngus Day, Historians point to the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko I in 966 A.D. Baptism with water signifies cleansing, fertility, and purification.

Somewhere along the way, the tradition of tossing water on the girls and hitting them with pussy willows evolved

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Join PACT for a Pierogi Making Circle and
learn just how easy and fun it can be!!

 pierogi

Has the thought of making pierogi made you nervous?
It’s easy to do if you know the simple steps.

 Date: Saturday, March 28
Time: 1pm-4pm
Where: Olivet Lutheran Church
5840 Monroe St.
Sylvania, OH
Fee: $25 per person for new guests
$20 per person for return guests

Price includes: pierogi lessons, pierogi recipes, all ingredients,  taste testing, one dozen pierogi to take home, and pierogi press **Please bring rolling pin and an apron if you have one.  If you are a returning guest, please bring your pierogi press too.

Stan Machosky and Rozanne Nitschke will guide you in the art of making three types of authentic Polish pierogi: cabbage, meat, and cheese.  This is a hands on lesson on making the dough and fillings.  After the lesson, everyone will be able to taste their pierogi creations. And there will be plenty for you to take home just in time for Easter.

Guaranteed to be a hit at your Easter table.

Call Sherry to reserve your place at: 419-476-1171 or 419-260-1970.  Or Email me at sherryservis@aol.com  Hope to see you all there.  It’s bound to be a great time!!

Space for this lesson is limited, so call and reserve your seat early!!


NA ZDROWIE! POLISH HERITAGE NIGHT IS FRIDAY, JANUARY 23 at Huntington Center in Toledo!
Sponsored by Stanley’s Market.
It all starts with a delicious pregame all-you-can-eat Polish buffet dinner by Stanley’s Market, featuring their world-famous kielbasa….Smacznego! There will also be live music to get your toes tapping, as well as Polish-themed entertainment throughout the night while you enjoy exciting Walleye hockey.

A ticket combo is $33, which includes a game ticket and the buffet. If you already have a game ticket for that night, you can get the buffet for $20. For tickets and more information, contact Hannah Tyson at htyson@toledowalleye.com or 419-725-9258.


February 27, 2015
4:00 to 8:00
PRCUA Hall
5255 N. Detroit

$8.00

Menu:  4 Pierogi, Vegetable, Salad, Bread/Butter, Dessert, Coffee/Punch
Advanced order by he dozens: $9.00
Cheese, Potato, Kraut, Mixed(Cheese & Potato)
Order by February 19, 2015

Call: 419 531-8658  or  419 475-6262


Wigilia: Celebrate a traditional meatless meal and learn about the customs associated with the “Vigil” of Christmas: breaking bread (oplatek), food, prayer and Christmas carols (koledy).

The Polish American Community of Toledo presents the 5th Annual Wigilia Celebration:  Waiting for the Birth of Christ.

Sunday, December 14th at 5:30 PM

Olivet Lutheran Church-Christian Life Center

5840 Monroe Street, Sylvania

Price: $15 for PACT members, $20 for non-members, $10 for children 12 and under

THE WIGILIA CELEBRATION INCLUDES:

Lighting of the first candle

sharing of oplatek

meatless meal of traditional Polish foods

Exlanation of Wigilia Traditions

Traditional Polish Christmas Carols (Koledy)

Reading the Passage of t he Birth of Christ

Reserve you seat at the table today by calling Tim Paluszak at 419-410-6167


October
“Polish American Heritage Month”
A National Celebration of Polish History, Culture and Pride in Cooperation with the Polish
American Congress and Polonia across America

 

Since 1608, when the first Polish settlers arrived at Jamestown, VA, Polish people have been an important part of America’s history and culture. In 2014, Polish Americans will mark the 33rd Anniversary of the founding of Polish American Heritage Month, an event, which began in Philadelphia, PA, and became a national celebration of Polish history, culture and pride. During 2014, Poles will mark the 406th Anniversary of the First Polish Settlers who were among the first skilled workers in America. We, therefore, will also Salute All American Workers and urge people to purchase the products and services offered by American workers. Polish Americans will also mark the 235th Anniversary of the death of General Casimir Pulaski, Father of the American Cavalry. For additionalnformation about these historic events and Polish and Polish American history, visit the Museum’s Internet site at: PolishAmericanCenter.com. Information about ways to celebrate Polish American Heritage Month can be obtained by visiting the Polish American Heritage Month Committee’s site atPolishAmericanHeritageMonth.com. On this site you will find a list of “Things To Do During Polish American Heritage Month”, the 2014 coloring contest artwork for schools,and Heritage Month posters that can be downloaded and printed. Copies of the coloring contest artwork can also be obtained by calling the Heritage Month Committee, Monday through Friday between 9 A.M. and 5 P.M. at 215-922-1700.

PolishHeritag Month

PACT will be offering some great items this year for the silent auction at the Kielbasa Cook Off on Saturday, Oct. 4, at St. Clements Community Center.  All items are Polish .  Amber pieces, Polish pottery, books about local Polish history, Polish beer, liqueurs, vodka, Polish t-shirts, amber cut wine glasses, Christmas pieces and much more will be available.  So come out to the cook off and enjoy some great kielbasa and check out our Polish items.

 


 

Presented with support from the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies.

This series of restored classic Polish films has been organized and curated by Martin Scorsese, one of the most recognized and respected filmmakers in the world, and is the largest presentation of restored Polish cinema to date.

9/8: The Last Day of Summer & Innocent Sorcerers
9/15: Night Train
9/22: A Short Film About Killing
9/29: Jump
10/6: The Illumination
10/13: The Saragossa Manuscript
10/20: Pharaoh
10/27: Mother Joan of the Angels
11/3: Ashes and Diamonds
11/10: The Hourglass Sanatorium
11/17: Austeria
11/24: Black Cross
12/1: The Promised Land
12/8: Man of Iron

Below are just three of the films being shown.

To see more, go to  http://www.michtheater.org/series/polish-cinema/

Night Train

Night Train

Monday, September 15 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Presented with support from the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies.

In Night Train (Pociag), directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, a subtle game of emotions between two travelers—changing from mutual aversion to closeness without hope of a future—plays out amidst the human microcosm of a night train. Jerzy (Leon Niemczyk) and Marta (Lucyna Winnicka), accidentally end up holding tickets for the same sleeping chamber on an overnight train to the Baltic Sea coast. Also on board is Marta’s spurned lover, who will not leave her alone. When the police enter the train in search of a murderer on the lam, rumors fly and everything seems to point toward one of the main characters as the culprit.

1959. 98 minutes. Polish with subtitles. 

A Short Film About Killing

A Short Film About Killing

Monday, September 22 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish CinemaPresented with support from the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies.

A Short Film About Killing (Krótki film o zabijaniu) opens with a scene of a dead rat and a lifeless cat hanging by the neck. As the plot unfolds, Yatzek (Miroslaw Baka) is a 20-year-old drifter who murders a testy taxi driver (Jan Tesarz) in a gut-wrenching scene of excessive violence. Tension continues to build as a newly licensed young attorney (Krzysztof Globisz is chosen to represent Yatzek in court. Much anticipated and well-received at Cannes, the film won the European Film Academy Award for “Best European Film” in 1988. ~ Rovi

1987. 86 minutes. Polish with subtitles.

Jump

Jump

Friday, September 29 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema.

Director: Tadeusz Konwicki.

One of Poland’s most important novelists, Tadeusz Konwicki was also a director (The Last Day of Summer) and screenwriter (Pharoah, Mother Joan of the Angels). Jump (Salto) is a tantalizing existential mystery that hops nimbly between allegory and black comedy. It begins with the hero (Cybulski) jumping off a moving train and making his way to a small town where he lived during the war. Or did he? Riffing on his Ashes and Diamonds persona, Cybulski delivers a dazzlingly protean performance. Is his character an imposter, a fugitive, a prophet, an avenger, a ghost, or just an ordinary schmuck? The title refers both to the hero’s initial leap and to a justly celebrated dance performed to composer Wojciech Kilar’s ultra-cool jazz theme. – Marty Rubin

1965. 105 minutes. Polish with English subtitles.


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Pictured: City Councilman Tom Winiewski, PACT President Stan Machosky,

Toledo Mayor Michael Collins and PACT Vice-President, Matt Zaleski.

From the Toledo Blade, Monday, August 11, 2014:

The second annual Polka Party Picnic offered far more than the expected polka dancing and kielbasa meal at St. Hyacinth Catholic Church on Sunday afternoon.

At the event, the Polish -American Community of Toledo, or PACT, announced plans to launch a $1million capital campaign to raise funds to establish a Toledo area Polish-American Community Center.

“A major issue is that the churches formed by some of the first Poles who came to Toledo are slowly closing”, said Toledo Polish Genealogical Society and PACT member Marge Stefanski.  “Many believe some of the Polish heritage in the community is being lost in the process.”

“We need to keep the heritage going by passing it on to the young crowd,” Stan Machosky, PACT Board President said. “We need a place to assemble to transfer this to the young.”

To read the entire article, go to http://www.toledoblade.com/Culture/2014/08/11/Poles-set-sights-on-1M-center.html

Thanks you to St. Hyacinth and St. Charles for giving PACT this venue to launch this campaign.  It is with the interest of the entire Polish population of Toledo and North West Ohio that this endeavor is being started.  DSCN1256