Call Tim at 419-410-6167 or Rozanne at 419-944-5312 or email info@polishcommunity.org

to reserve you seat at the Wigilia Celebration!2018Wigilia


The first inductees into the Polish Hall of Fame were recognized at a dinner at Brandywine Country Club on Saturday, November 17th.  The awards reflect recipients who have excelled in the fields of faith, family, labor and culture.   “The goal is to preserve the rich history of Polish immigrants that built a strong foundation in northwest Ohio to earn a living, practice our faith, and raise a family. It was with great honor that we celebrated the inductees and their contribution to our Polish heritage and culture.
The stories and their names will be enshrined in the Northwest Ohio Polish Cultural Center when built. The proceeds from this evening will go towards  making that dream a reality.
It is not too late to donate to the efforts to help build a center that will house not only relics of our past, but offer activities and programs to celebrate our culture today and tomorrow!
Please consider of making a donation to help preserve our history and to celebrate our Polish culture in Northwest Ohio.

In the category of Faith: 

Sr. Ann Klimkowski and John Augustyniak

In the category of Family: Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Smigielski and The Walinski Family (Richard, Thaddeus, Nicholas, and Nicholas Jr.)

In the category of Entertainment/Culture: Paulina Ortyl and Marty Blaszczyk

In the category of Labor/Work: Joe Szenderski and Lorraine Kwiatkowski

 

 


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Constitution Day is an official public holiday in Poland.

On May 3, 1791, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth’s constitution was adopted. It was the first constitution in modern Europe and second in the world, following the American one. It was a significant achievement of the Polish Enlightenment thinkers.

May 3 was established as a holiday only days after the constitution was passed by the Grand Sejm (Polish Parliament). It was later suspended for many years due to the country’s partitioning, but was reinstituted after Poland regained its freedom in 1918. After World War II, in 1946, the communist authorities banned the holiday’s public celebration. The holiday was officially cancelled in 1951. Since 1990 the May 3 holiday has again been celebrated as an official statutory holiday in Poland.

Constitution Day is part of a holiday season known as Majówka, which also includes the May 1/Labor Day holiday. It is celebrated with military parades, spring concerts and family picnics. Many people also gather at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Grób Nieznanego Żołnierza) at the Piłsudski Square in Warsaw. The monument is dedicated to unknown soldiers who gave their lives for Poland.P1140525_1000x750 P1140406 P1140450_816x612 P1140432

 


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.25438584_10211043247092258_2250149434977844302_o 25438794_10211043228011781_3778563863842657899_o 25440022_10211043234091933_9067692089506260007_o 25440047_10211043260252587_1531383165619682012_o 25440124_10211043261892628_2632955019331956459_o 25487166_10211043267092758_7957588714451057569_o 25487371_10211043226411741_7940432521469857810_o 25488206_10211043275012956_1566041731483996244_o 25488330_10211043248212286_4176185175889338046_o


October is Polish Heritage Month; a great time to learn more about your Polish Heritage.

Knowledge is power!  Read these books to learn more about your local Polish heritage and customs.  Learn interesting facts about the people who settled in  the Toledo and surrounding area.

Honoring Our Polish Ancestors, donated by Toledo Polish Genealogical Society

Toledo‘s Polonia, Rev. Richard Philiposki with the Toledo Polish Genealogical Society

Treasured Polish Christmas Customs and Traditions

 My Homemade Polish Recipes, Anna Zaremba

 Adam Grant, Figure Master, A collection of painting by Toledo’s Adam Grochowski Grant

 Polish Pride Recipe Book, donated by Toledo Polish Genealogical Society

 Life’s Journey by Eugene Bak

American Origionals. Northwest Ohio’s Polish Community at Home, Work and Play by UT Press

Cornerstones “The Polish in Toledo” video by WTVG Public Broadcasting in Toledo


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Call 419-841-2902 to purchase tickets for Dozynki or for more information.  Or send your check payable to Toledo-Poznan Alliance to Rosalie Hinde, 7402 Caracole Ct., Sylvania, Ohio, 43560.

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festival photo 3editSave 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.