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.
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. Chirldren’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
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 – 12,000 to 16,000 +
FACT – Over 360,000 people in the Northwest Ohio area can claim some relationship to having a Polish heritage.
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.
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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PRCUA Hall – Saturday, October 3, 2015
5255 N. Detroit Avenue, Toledo, Ohio 43612
3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Dinner: 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Ticket Price: $30
Ticket price includes: Pig Roast, Kielbasa, Homemade sides, Can Beer, and a chance each at:
LCP, The Judge, 870 Shotgun, 9mm, AR15
Contact: Joel: 419-349-0634
Open to the public
Only 250 Tickets Available
Located along the southwest side of Grant Park, Agora is one of Chicago’s most recent and important sculptural installations. Comprised of 106 nine-foot tall headless torsos made of cast iron, the artwork derives it name from the Greek word for meeting place. The figures are posed walking in groups in various directions or standing still. Internationally renowned artist Magdalena Abakanowicz donated the sculptural group along with the Polish Ministry of Culture, a Polish cultural foundation, and other private donors. Born into an aristocratic family just outside of Warsaw, Abakanowicz (b. 1930) was deeply affected by World War II and the forty-five years of Soviet domination that followed. In her journals, she writes that she has lived “…in times which were extraordinary by their various forms of collective hate and collective adulation. Marches and parades worshipped leaders, great and good, who soon turned out to be mass murderers. I was obsessed by the image of the crowd… I suspected that under the human skull, instincts and emotions overpower the intellect without us being aware of it.” The sculptor began creating large headless figures in the 1970s. Initially working in burlap and resin, she went on to use bronze, steel, and iron. Although Abakanowicz hasfrequently exhibited in museums and public spaces throughout the world— Agora is her largest permanent installation.
(from City of Chicago: the official website of Chicago)