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September 23, 2013

Polish Day celebrates ethnic tradition

NEW CASTLE — A 23 year-old tradition returned to Cascade Park yesterday, bringing the sights and sounds of Polish culture with it.

The annual Lawrence County Polish Day was held at the park’s dance pavilion and featured Polish foods prepared by Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church. Music was by the Polka Family Band and Badinov.

Attracting more than 500 attendees from Lawrence County and surrounding communities, the day of dancing and fun is sponsored by the Polish Americans of Lawrence County.

According to treasurer Bernadette Przybylski, the event has become one many look forward to.

“We put this event on once a year to keep the Polish culture going,” Przybylski said. “People come from all over to enjoy themselves. People love the Polish music and the polka dances. It’s a really nice get-together for the Polish community.”

While the organization holds numerous cultural events throughout the year, Polish Day is their biggest of the year. Przybylski and her fellow committee members consider the day an opportunity to advance the community’s knowledge of Poland’s cultures and traditions.”

Not only does the day offer a chance for fun, but the Polish American organization raises funds for Polish orphanages and local college students.

School supplies, clothing, donations and toiletries were collected for a Polish orphanage of children with special needs, and monetary donations were collected to fund the organization’s scholarship fund. To date, more than $64,000 has been donated to the cause.

The organization began preparations for the event starting at 8 a.m. with doors opening at noon.

Many who attended sported the official Polish colors of red and white, and this year all attendees were given a specially made cookie baked by the ladies of the organization — a red poppy, which is the official Polish flower.

In addition to local attendees, Przybylski also expected groups from Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

“People come from all over to enjoy themselves,” she said. “It’s a really nice group working on this.”

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