2016 Wigilia Celebration

WIGILIA 2016 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…

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2016 “Kielbasa King”

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…

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2016 Kielbasa Cook Off Contestants

Here is the list of the 2016 Kielbasa Cook Off Contestants (in alphabetical order)  with a short bio of each one.  After reading all of the bios, you will come to appreciate the dedication and love that these contestants have for making kielbasa and their strong desire to keep their family recipe alive. Mike Hofner and Ron Smith: “DziaDzia and Busias Old Fashioned Kielbasa” Dzia Dzia and Busia’s Old Fashioned Kielbasa recipe came directly from Mike’s grandparents – hence the name!  They have been making their kielbasa with the rest…

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Shrove Thursday (tłusty czwartek)

In Poland, tłusty czwartek is celebrated on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent.  Because Lent is a time of fasting, the next opportunity to feast would not be until Easter.  Instead of parading and partying like in Mardi Gras, Poles line up to buy their favorite pastries from their local bakery (piekarnia). Of course the most famous pastry is the Pączki, a deep fried doughnut filled with any number of sweet fillings.   Fat Thursday  is one of the busiest days of the year among bakers and confectioners…

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2016 Kielbasa Cook Off

This year, the Kielbasa Cook Off will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2016.  It will be held at St. Clements Parish, 3030 Tremainsville Road in Toledo Ohio.  We are excited about this year’s cook off and want to get the word out early so potential contestants can register in plenty of time.  If you have questions, or would like to be a contestant in this year’s cook off, email us at info@polishcommunity.org or call Jack Sparagowski at 419-356-1811. KIELBASA COOK-OFF Contestant’s Information Sheet 1.  The Kielbasa Cook-Off is being held…

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Wigilia 2015

WIGILIA 2015 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 is proud to announce that once again we will celebrate Christmas with the traditional Polish Wigilia Celebration.  This year’s Wigilia is scheduled for Sunday, December 13, 2015.  It will be held at Olivet Lutheran Church’s Christian Life Center,…

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October is Polish Heritage Month

Show your pride in your Polish Heritage!  The month of October is a good time to learn something new about Poland,  the country of your ancestors.  Here are a few suggestions for things you can do: 1. Start your family tree and invite all the members of your family to get involved. 2. Review a map of Poland and learn more about the town or city of your ancestors. 3. Read a book on Polish history and share that information with family and friends. 4. Attend a Polish American event…

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October Pierogi Class

Dust off your aprons and get ready to make some pierogi. PACT is taking reservations for the next pierogi class that will be held on Saturday, October 17th in the kitchen of Olivet Lutheran Church’s Christian Life Center. The fee is $30 per guest/ $25 for returning guests who already have the equipment from the last class. The fee includes pierogi recipes, hands on instructions, all ingredients to make your own dough, a cookie cutter and dough press, fillings for the pierogi, and your own pierogi to take home. Call…

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