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.
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 next Texas Hold “Em Poker Tournament sponsored by PACT will be held on Friday October 20, 2017. It will be held at St. Clements Parish, 3030 Tremainsville Road in Toledo. All are welcome to participate. Proceeds will help fund the Polish American Festival which will be held on May 18th, 19th and 20th of 2018. The tournament will end in February of 2018 with the grand prize winner taking home $1,000.
Get your taste buds ready for another great Kielbasa Cook Off sponsored by the Polish American Community of Toledo. This year the cook off will be held on Saturday, May 6th at St. Clement Community Center, 2990 Tremainsville Rd. Proceeds from the cook-off will benefit the PACT/Toledo Poznan Alliance Scholarship Competition, which has awarded more than $17,000 to students over the past five years. Proceeds will also help the capital campaign to develop a Polish community center in the Toledo area.
There is still room for more contestants. If you are interested in competing in this event, call Jack Sparagowski at 419-356-1811 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline to enter is April 15th.
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