POLISH AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH

Polish American Heritage Month is an annual designation observed in October. Across the globe, there are about 9.5 million Polish Americans. They represent about 3% of the American population. The first wave of millions of Poles migrated America between 1800 and 1860. The second and third generations of Poles were born in America in the late 1900’s, and grew up as Americans with a touch of Polish heritage. The Polish have always held onto a fierce passion for their culture, their independence, and their new country.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Use #PolishAmericanHeritageMonth to post on social media. Consider having a real celebration with friends or family this year, especially if you even have a touch of Pole in your heritage. Here are some things you can do, Polish or not, to celebrate this month and learn some more about this culture.

  1. Attend a Polish mass.
  2. Learn some Polish dances (the polka is fun and very popular!)
  3. Do some research about Polish literature and culture. Educating yourself on history always helps broaden your mind.
  4. Find out if you have any Polish ancestors.
  5. Cook! Try making some pierogi’s or kielbasa. You won’t be disappointed. (Also, October 8th is National Pierogi Day, so there’s an added incentive.)
HISTORY

Michael Blichasz, the President of the Polish American Cultural Center in Philadelphia, organized the first Polish American Heritage Month in 1981. It was celebrated in August. House Joint Resolution 577 passed in 1984, making August Polish American Heritage Month. In 1986 the observation was moved to October.


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Winners of the 2017-2018 Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament: John Ringger, Cindy Aldrich, Ed Darmofal, Joe Shay, Jeremy Pryba, Lana Angelotti, and rodney Barnett.John Ringer, Cindy Aldrich, Ed Darmofal, Jason Pryba, Joe Shay, Lana Angelotti and Rodney Barnett; all cash winners!

 

February was the last month of PACT’s first Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament.  Winners in 1st through 7th place recieved cash awards.  Jason Pryba was the grand prize winner of $1,000.  Next year’s tournament will start after the May Polish-American Festival.  PACT will notify everyone of the starting date for the 2018-2019 tournament on our facebook page and through emails.


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:

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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.

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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).

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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).

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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.


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The Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT) has formally announced  that it will sponsor a three-day festival called “A Real Polish-American Festival” on May 18, 19. and 20, 2018. at the Club 16 facility located on King Road just south of Hill Avenue in Holland, Ohio.

“The upcoming festival will be quite different from the more recent Polish festivals that have been held”, said Jack Sparagowski, President of PACT.  “It will be held in a beautiful 20-acre park-like setting and the major focus of the event will be to exhibit true Polish-American culture through music, food, entertainment and the arts”.

“A Real Polish-American Festival” is being sponsored by PACT, a non-profit organization.  Proceeds will be used to fund scholarships for Polish-American students and to help fund the building campaign for a new Polish Community Center.

Anyone interested in more information about the event, call Jack at 419-388-0397.

For information about volunteering, call Stan at 419-280-0035.

For information regarding entertainment and activities, call Tim at

410-6167.  Children’s activities, call Rozanne at 419-944-5312 or Sherry at 419-260-1970.

If you would like information about food and beverage vendors, call Stosh at 419-304-3546.

A “REAL” Polish-American Festival

FACT SHEET

DATES – May 18, 19, and 20th, 2018

TIMES – Friday 4 PM to 11 PM  –  Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM  –  Sunday 10 AM to 5 PM

LOCATION – Club 16 Grounds – 316 King Road (just south of Hill Avenue)

ESTIMATED ATTENDANCE – 10.000 +

FACT – Over 360,000 people in the Northwest Ohio area can claim some relationship to having a Polish heritage.

VENDORS

 

MAIN FOOD – 4 main food vendors serving a variety of Polish foods such as kielbasa, pierogi, galabki, and other delicious items.

ADDITIONAL FOOD ITEMS – Assorted foods including desserts, shaved ice, gourmet delicacies and fried goodies such as corn dogs, mac and cheese and pizza for the kids.

ARTS & CRAFTS – European and Polish American artisans and exhibitors displaying their crafts in our unique shoppers’ paradise. Arts and crafts will include, but not be limited to, glass blowing, jewelry making, stone carving, leather crafting and more.

ENTERTAINMENT – Visitors will see full-time entertainment including well-known national and local polka bands, dance groups, cultural seminars, workshops, a horseshoe tournament, and plenty of activities and games for both children and adults.

THEME – The main theme and purpose of “A REAL Polish-American Festival” is to promote the Polish-American culture through food, music, dance, the arts and education.

FESTIVAL HOST – The festival is being sponsored by the Polish American Community of Toledo (PACT), which is a non-profit organization. Proceeds from the festival will provide scholarships to Polish-American students and financial assistance to other local groups who promote Polish cultural events. A portion of the proceeds will also be used to help build a Polish Community Center here in the Toledo area.


Feast Day: March 19 / 19. Marca

In Poland, it is customary to celebrate “Imienien” or Namesday, the feast day of one’s patron saint. To allow the many Josephs to celebrate their namesday, the Church would grant a dispensation from the rigors of Lent on March 19.  Because St. Joseph’s Day is a Lenten solemnity, the tradition has been to serve meatless foods so that the meal becomes a “festive fast.” St. Joseph, patron of the universal Church, patron of families, patron of workers, patron of social justice, patron of the dying, patron of pastry makers, and patron of fathers, is a very important and beloved saint.

Iconography of St. Joseph

Images of St. Joseph most often depict him with the child Jesus in his arms, with the Holy Family, at a work table, with carpenter’s tools, or with a lily.


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