Swieconka


Easter Traditions Workshop and Celebration Scheduled

Family-friendly event includes performance and authentic deli


The celebration of Lent and Easter in the Polish-American community is one of great fasting, great feasting, wrapped in age-old family and church traditions. Unfortunately, many of these traditions have been lost over time. But, now is the chance to revive them for your family.

Święconka, a Polish Easter Traditions workshop and celebration will take place on Sunday, March 21st from 12-4 PM at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, 430 Williamson Avenue, Youngstown. This event will have workshops and demonstrations as well as offer a traditional Easter platter, drinks and ethnic items available for purchase.  Admission is $5 with children 12 and under FREE. Security will be on site. This event is sponsored by the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle as a fundraiser to purchase new costumes.

The series of workshops will be conducted by noted folklorist and author, Lawrence Kozlowski, who gathered a wealth of treasured Polish Lenten and Eastertide practices, rituals foods and folk crafts practiced for generations in Polish-American communities.  This hands-on workshop will afford participants the chance to learn about, discuss and even create those items long associated with the celebration of Lent and Easter.

“This is an excellent opportunity to reawaken memories of Lents and Easters past,” says Kozlowski, describing his experience growing up in Pittsburgh’s Polish Hill neighborhood as one full of traditions for every holiday. “I look back and remember decorating eggs and making palm sculptures with my mother and grandmother and it still fills me with a childlike joy. That is why I try to spend time teaching these ancient customs to others so that they can pass them on to their families and the traditions will not be lost.”

The Święconka will offer hands-on classed in the following traditional areas: pisanki, decorative eggs; palmowa tkania, palm weaving; and, wycinanki, decorative paper cutting.

NEW this year is the participation of S& D Deli. The Pittsburgh Polish deli will be in town to offer tastings and taking orders for special Easter items, such as Kielbasa Biala Surowa (fresh, white sausage), the rye-inspired Zurek (white borscht), and, unique, fruit- and meat-filled pierogi. Advanced orders will be delivered to Youngstown for pick up during Holy Week. See order form below.


Children will not be left out!
There will be a performance by the Krakowiaki at 1:30 PM featuring new and participatory material as well as holiday traditions. A coloring contest  will be ongoing throughout the day (download your entry forms HERE) and there will even be a chance to see what it is like to BE everyone’s favorite, the Baranek Wielkanocny (Butter Lamb)!!


This is your chance to create a beautiful and symbolic Easter Basket for blessing! There will be vendors available where you can purchase decorated eggs, woven palms, recipe books, decorated Easter basket covers and more to make your Easter Holiday one of the most authentic and beautiful ever.

About the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle
The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle is a non-profit, community-based organization that is devoted to conveying to the next generation an appreciation of authentic Polish culture and heritage through exploration of dance, music, language and folk art in a fun and supportive environment. The Krakowiaki children and adult choir performs throughout the year at various community events.  After less than two years in existence, the Krakowiaki is building its repertoire and the proceeds of this event will go to purchase additional authentic regional costumes.

Schedule of the Day

11 AM -----------    Catholic Mass 

12 PM -----------    Workshops begin (see below for Workshop Schedule)

                             Food Service begins

                             Vendors open

1 PM -----------      Tour & history discussion of St. Stanislaus Church

2 PM -----------      Performance by Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle

3 PM -----------      Drawings for gift baskets and 50/50

4 PM -----------      Event concludes

Workshops Schedule

12:00 p.m. -----------       Leluja - Polish Easter Cuttings

                                                Create Traditional Wycinanki From The Kurpie Region

12:30 p.m. -----------       Polish-American Palm Weaving

                                                How to make it like our ancestors

1:00 p.m. ------------        Decorated Eggs ... Polish Style

                                                Details on creating these works of art in miniature

1:30 p.m. ----------          Celebrate Polish Easter Foods

                                                Make Your Own Kielbasa, Babka And Chrust

2:00 p.m. -----------         Leluja - Polish Easter Cuttings

                                                Create Traditional Wycinanki From The Kurpie Region.

2:30 p.m. ----------          Polish-American Palm Weaving

                                                How to make it like our ancestors

3:00 p.m. ------------        Decorated Eggs ... Polish Style

                                                Details on creating these works of art in miniature

3: 30 p.m. ----------         Celebrate Polish Easter Foods

                                                Make Your Own Kielbasa, Babka And Chrust

 

Each class will run 25 Minutes

with a 5-minute Intermission/Move Time.

 

Click HERE to print the order form!               Click HERE to print flyer

 
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