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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Check our website and facebook page for more information and updates in the near future.
PACT, along with the Polish Cultural Center (PCC) Advisory Board is encouraging everyone to donate to our PCC campaign. Last year we raised over $3,000. The sponsors, the Toledo Community Foundation and The Blade, were kind enough to match our donations up to $1,000!
We are asking you to share the PCC website on your facebook page or email it to your friends and ask them to support our efforts.
You can go online to www.polishculturalcenter.com to donate. Please consider making a donation. Thank You!
The Polish name for Christmas Eve supper is “Wigilia” from Latin “Vigilare” – to await
95% of Polish families have preserved the Wigilia tradition and regard it as the high point of the Christmas season. We hope you can join us and make it a part of your Christmas tradition.
PACT and TPGS (Toledo Polish Genealogical Society) is proud to announce that we will celebrate Christmas with the traditional Polish Wigilia Celebration. This year’s Wigilia is scheduled for Sunday, December 18, 2016. It will be held at Olivet Lutheran Church’s Christian Life Center, 5840 Monroe Street in Sylvania. Wigilia begins at 5:30 PM.
THE WIGILIA CELEBRATION INCLUDES:
LIGHTING OF THE FIRST CANDLE
SHARING OF OPLATEK
MEATLESS MEAL OF TRADITIONAL POLISH FOODS
EXPLANATION OF WIGILIA TRADITIONS
SINGING TRADITIONAL POLISH CHRISTMAS CAROLS (KOLEDY)
READING THE PASSAGE OF THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
Price: $15.00 PACT members, $20.00 non-members,
$10 children 12 and under, children under five: free
Reserve your seat today by calling Tim Paluszak at 419-410-6167
or email us with your reservation at email@example.com
If you like kielbasa, you will want to make sure you attend this special kielbasa dinner featuring the top three winners from the 2016 Kielbasa Cook-Off. The dinner will include the award winning kielbasa from Jeremy Pryba (Polska Pryba), Mike Hofner and Ron Smith (Dziadzia and Busia’s OldFashioned Kielbasa), and Adam Michalski (Michalski’s Special Recipe ). Jeremy and Adam will also be serving their family’s pierogi in addition to their kielbasa. We will also be serving kapusta (sweet and sour cabbage), mashed potatoes and gravy. mizeria (cucumber in dill sauce), placek (coffee cake), and those sweet tasting delectibles – paczki!
Saturday, November 12, 2016
Christian Life Center, Olivet Lutheran Church
5840 Monroe Street in Sylvania
2 to 6 PM
$18 adults (non-members)
$15 PACT members
$5.00 children under 10
You can reserve tickets in advance for $15 by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just leave your name, phone # or email address and how many in your party. Your tickets will be at the door.