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Polski DayBetty Kolenda and Cathy Kolenda Smith make golambki (stuffed cabbage rolls) to prepare for the 29th annual Polski Day celebration Saturday, May 4. (Photo from Kathy Hanis)
The 29th annual Polski Day celebration will be held Saturday, May 4, at St. Joseph-St. Benedict’s Church, at 8th and Vermont, in Kansas City, Kan.
The traditional Polski Day Parade begins at noon at 14th and Central, and heads east on Central Avenue to 8th Street going up the wrong way on a one-way street to Vermont and ends at the church.
Enjoy Polish food, music, and entertainment beginning at noon. A special Polka mass will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, at St. Joseph-St. Benedict’s Church.
“Polski Day festivities include activities for babies to seniors, and 100 percent of the funds raised benefit All Saints Church, formerly known as St. Joseph-St. Benedicts Church,” said Cathy Kolenda-Smith, Polski Day Committee member. “Polski Day has always been a day to celebrate our Polish heritage and support the church.”
Polski Day is held annually on the first week in May to commemorate the signing of the Polish Constitution of Freedom on May 3, 1791. Polish-Americans settled on Polish Hill, located north of Interstate 70 and west of 7th Street Trafficway, in Kansas City, Kan., where generations have carried on the proud heritage of their forefathers’ homeland, in Wyandotte County.
Pope John Paul II, considered by many world leaders as one of the greatest Poles ever, was beatified on May 1, 2011, and through his endeavors strengthened Christianity throughout the world. Other Polish leaders include Casimir the Great, Copernicus, Chopin, Kosciuzsko, Madam Sklodowska-Curie, Marshal Jozef Pilsudski and Lech Wales, and KCK baseball player Ray Sadecki, who was inducted into the Polish-American Hall of Fame.
Polski Day festivities schedule
Noon.–Polski Day Parade – Begins at 14th and Central, east to Vermont and south to the church.
Noon – 7 p.m. Family festivities begin at St. Joseph’s Church Hall
Noon to 7 p.m. - A Polish Dinner will be served from in the Church Hall and will include: Golambki, (Cabbage Rolls), Pierogi, (Filled Dumplings), Kapusta, (Sauerkraut), Powitica, Kolacki, and Kielbasa, (Polish Sausage), and refreshments including Piwo. Polish artifacts will be on display in the Parish Hall, and 29th Anniversary T-Shirts and Polish items will be for sale. A strolling accordion serenade will be performed by Don Lipovac.
Noon –7 p.m. – Entertainment on St. Joseph’s Church grounds - Children’s activities and food served on the Parish Grounds.
Noon – 4 p.m. – Ed Grisnik Polka Band (outside)
1 – 7 p.m. – Strolling with Don Lipovac in the Church Hall
4 p.m. – Polka Mass – St. Joseph’s Church, at 8th and Vermont, in Kansas City, Kan.
For more information, visit www.polskiday.com or visit Facebook under Polski Day.