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


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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.

 


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 info@polishcommunity.org.  The deadline to enter is April 15th. 

Check our website and facebook page for more information and updates in the near future.


   

Matt Zaleski / 2016 Board President                                                                                                                                            January 18, 2017

Office:  419-691-5058 / Mobile: 419-345-5206

 

PACT to Host Kielbasa Cook-Off Saturday, May 6, 2017

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(Toledo, OH) — The Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) has announced that the organization is looking for contestants and sponsors for the Sixth Kielbasa Cook-Off, to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the St. Clement’s Community Center, 2990 Tremainsville Rd., Toledo.  The hours for the event will be announced at a later date.

 

The Kielbasa Cook-off, which was last held in April 2016, features homemade kielbasa from old family recipes.  The event, opened to the public, allows people to sample the special kielbasa recipes and vote for their favorite. Amateur kielbasa makers from all over the area compete for the title of Toledo’s Kielbasa “King” or “Queen”.   In 2016, nearly 750 people attended as twelve contestants battled for bragging rights.   The team of “Polska Pryba” led by Jeremy Pryba received the most votes and the title Kielbasa King.

 

Besides earning the distinction of having the best homemade kielbasa in the area, contestants can also receive cash awards and / or trophies for their efforts.  The competition is open to anyone that makes their own kielbasa. Commercial entries will not be part of the amateur cook-off.

 

”People in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are so proud of their ethnic heritage.  Most families have those special homemade recipes that have been passed down from generation-to-generation.   PACT is looking for best homemade kielbasa recipe.   This is a friendly competition.  We want to taste that secret family recipe for kielbasa,” said Stan Machosky, Past President, PACT.

 

In addition to contestants, PACT is also looking for sponsorships for the Kielbasa Cook-Off.

 

“We’ve had requests from the Polish community, elected officials, and local media to make the Kielbasa Cook-Off bigger.  There’s been some interest in expanding the Kielbasa Cook-Off with a separate commercial competition, as well as making it a two-day event.  The market is dictating that they want this event expanded. To do that, PACT would need more community support and several corporate sponsors,” said Matt Zaleski, 2016 PACT President.

 

Money raised goes to fund the annual PACT / Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA) Scholarship Competition and the capital campaign for development of Polish Community Center in the Toledo area.  Over the past five years, PACT and TPA have awarded over $17,000 in scholarship money to area Polish-American high school and college students.

 

PACT would like to hear from interested contestants or sponsors no later than March 1, 2017.  Amateur kielbasa makers who are interested in participating can contact PACT Board Member, Jack Sparagowski at 419-356-1811, or email PACT at info@polishcommunity.org.

 

 


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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 info@polishcommunity.org

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First Place “Kielbasa King” Winners

Polska Pryba Crowned 2016 Kielbasa King

(Toledo, OH) — The team of Polska Pryba, led by Jeremy Pryba, was voted the People’s Choice and earned the title “Kielbasa King” for the Polish-America Community of Toledo (PACT) Fifth Kielbasa Cook-Off held Saturday at the St. Clements Community Center in West Toledo.

Polska Pryba competed in the Fourth Kielbasa Cook-Off in October 2014 and finished in second place and tied for the Celebrity Judges Award.

For the past 15 years, Mr. Pryba and his family have used the same recipe handed down to them. And just as their grandparents did, they make their kielbasa with Polish pride and love.

“Making kielbasa has brought the Pryba family closer together. Recently, even our younger children learned how to make it and to appreciate what has become a family tradition,” said Mr. Pryba.

Polska Pryba has participated in several PACT Kielbasa Cook-offs and has already won several awards.

“We hope to be able to take our kielbasa and market it commercially some day, along with some other Polish dishes like pierogi,” said Mr. Pryba.

For more information on Polska Pryba Kielbasa or to order some for the holidays contact Jeremy Pryba by email: jeremypryba@hotmail.com.

Polska Pryba earned a trophy and $350 for the first place finish. The team voted to donate the money back to PACT for use in the PACT / Toledo Poznan Alliance Scholarship Competition.

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People’s Chioce Second Place Winners

 



Finishing second in the People’s Choice was Dzia Dzia and Busia’s Old Fashion Recipe led by Mike Hofner and Ron Smith. They picked up a check for $200.

Dzia Dzia and Busia’s Old Fashioned Kielbasa recipe came directly from Mr. Hofner’s grandparents – hence the name! They have been making their kielbasa with the rest of their family for over 20 years and have participated in the PACT’s Kielbasa Cook-Off several times having won several awards.

 

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People’s Choice Third Place Winners
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The third place finisher was the team of Michalski’s Recipe led by Adam Michalski. They picked up a check for $150.

Mr. Michalski says his family has been making kielbasa for five years, and it just keeps getting better and better! They have taken two recipes that have been in the family for years — combined them — and made it to their liking.

Mr. Michalski says his family has been making kielbasa for five years, and it just keeps getting better and better! They have taken two recipes that have been in the family for years — combined them — and made it to their liking.

“Making kielbasa is a true love for the family and we believe it helps to bring them all together,” said Mr. Michalski. “The more family members that help, the better!”

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Celebrity Choice Award

The team of Ed’s Kielbasa led by Ed Mikonowicz captured the Celebrity Judges Award. Mr. Mikonowicz started making kielbasa 15 years ago. He remembers begging his grandma for her recipe. Many of his uncles would add their two cents and say that, “this batch needs this and/or this batch needs that.” The recipe was truly a family project. Ed started off working on the kitchen table with 70 pounds of pork and having to cut it up into small pieces. Today, he has the help of his son and he is able to make quick batches of 75 pounds in a matter of hours. His kielbasa has been served at small weddings, graduation parties, and many Christmas and Easter celebrations. Ed believes his kielbasa is one of the best in Northwest Ohio. It just took him a while to get the courage to enter the Kielbasa Cook-Off.

The judges were former Toledo Mayors Mike Bell and Donna Owens, Toledo City Councilman Tom Waniewski, 1370 WSPD morning air personality Fred LeFebvre, and WTOL and Fox 36 news anchor and reporter Joe Stoll.

Ten teams competed in Saturday’s competition for title of “Kielbasa King or Queen”. The Kielbasa Cook-Off is a family fun event where area teams / families compete in a friendly competition to see who makes the best homemade kielbasa from old family recipes.

“People in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan are so proud of their ethnic heritage. Most families have those special homemade recipes that have been passed down from generation-to-generation. PACT is looking for best homemade kielbasa recipe. We want to taste that secret family recipe for kielbasa,” said Stan Machosky, Past President, PACT.

Approximately 1,000 people showed up for today’s event. PACT estimates that it will net about $8,000 for the five-hour event.

Money raised by the Kielbasa Cook-Off goes to fund the annual scholarship competition and the Capital Campaign for development of Polish Cultural Center in the Toledo area. Over the past five years, PACT, along with the Toledo Poznan Alliance (TPA), awarded over $13,000 in scholarship money to area Polish-American high school and college students.

For more information on the Kielbasa Cook-Off, the PACT Scholarship competition, or other PACT events, visit www.polishcommunity.org or e-mail, info@polishcommunity.org.