PACT Postpones 2020 Northwest Ohio Polish Festival

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Tom Pruss, President, Polish-American Community of Toledo and Event Chairman for the 2020 Northwest Ohio Polish Festival, has announced that the board of the Polish-American Community of Toledo (PACT) voted to postpone the 2020 festival which was scheduled for May 29 – 31 at Club Sixteen, 316 King Rd., Holland until 2021. The festival is a significant fundraiser in the efforts to build a Polish Community Center in Northwest Ohio.

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Join us for a Traditional Polish Christmas Eve Celebration

Wigilia 2019 Wesołych Świąt! PACT and TPA are proud to announce this year’s Christmas Eve traditional “Wigilia” Celebration.  The word “Wigilia” comes from the Latin word “VIGILARE” – to await. This year’s celebration is scheduled for Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Olivet Lutheran Church’s Christian Life Center, 5840 Monroe Street in Sylvania.  Doors open at 5:00 and Wigilia program and dinner start at 5:30. The Wigilia Celebration includes: Lighting of the First Candle Reading of the Passage of the Birth of Christ Sharing of Oplatek Meatless Meal of Traditional Polish…

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Northwest Ohio Polish Hall of Fame Awards Dinner

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…

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Polish Constitution Day May 3rd.

http://abc7chicago.com/news/polish-constitution-day-parade-returns-to-chicago/692792/   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…

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Wigilia 2017

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…

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