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September 25. 2013 6:00PM

October is Polish American heritage month at Claremont's St. Joseph Church

CLAREMONT — Since 1986, St. Joseph Church, has held an annual celebration of Polish American heritage in October.

On Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m., the 24th annual Polish cooking class will be held in St. Joseph Church Hall, 58 Elm St.

Cooks will demonstrate the preparation of several Polish recipes and the audience will be able to taste the results at the end of the evening. A $6 donation is requested to cover the cost of food.

Call Sharon Wood at 542-6454 or Arline Marro at 542-5933 to register so that enough food can be prepared.

The 25th annual “Dozynki” or “Harvest Festival” will be held on Saturday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m., following the 5 p.m. Mass. The menu includes kielbasa, kapusta, golumbki, pierogi, and hot dogs. The price is $10 a plate for adults and $5 for children.

Polish gift items will be also be offered for sale. Tristan Smith will play his wide repertoire of Polish folksongs on the piano. Tickets are available at the door.

The 28th annual Mass and coffee hour will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, at 10 a.m. The Mass will feature hymns sung in Polish, followed by a coffee hour in the church hall with traditional Polish pastries served.

Gary Sredzienski will entertain with his accordion music and stories, beginning around 11:30 a.m.

There is no charge, although donations are welcome.

Since 2005, The Old Courthouse, Main Street, Newport, has participated in the celebration by featuring a special menu of Polish cuisine during the last week of October.

Church representatives don Polish folk costume and serve as greeters each evening to welcome and visit with diners. For reservations between Wednesday, Oct. 30, and Saturday, Nov 2, call the restaurant at 863-8360.


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