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Polish flavors, fun on tap at St. Adalbert's 'Dozynki'

Polish flavors, fun on tap at St. Adalbert's 'Dozynki'

Annual harvest festival has new venue this year
Polish flavors, fun on tap at St. Adalbert's 'Dozynki'
Volunteers serve up Polish food at last year's St. Adalbert's "Dozynki."
Photographer: marc schultz

Italian, Greek and German parties have been held this fall and summer.

Now, it's time for a Polish party -- the annual "Dozynki," or harvest festival, sponsored by the Church of St. Adalbert in Schenectady.

The festival will take place Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at a new venue, the parish center of St. Gabriel the Archangel Church, 3040 Hamburg St., Rotterdam.

The move was necessary because St. Adalbert is now sharing space: The church recently rented part of its parish center on Lansing Street to another party.

Harvest flavors will be available at St. Gabriel's. Attractions include food such as pierogi, kielbasa, lazanki (noodles and sauerkraut), barszcz (beet soup), Polish pizza (topped with sauerkraut and kielbasa) and Polish pastries.

DJ Mike Wancewicz will play Polish music. Polish dancing and language lessons will be available. The St. Adalbert Dancers will perform and a genealogy workshop will let people trace their roots.

The move to Rotterdam will put all events on one level and improve parking.

"We have a lot of parking at St. Gabriel's," said George Sykala, one of the festival organizers. "And right next door is Abounding Grace Church. They're letting us use their parking lot, so we have tons of parking."

This will not be the first time the "Dozynki" has been held away from its home church.

For several years, the Lansing Street center was rented to the Schenectady City School District, which used it for classroom space. The festival was held outside the center during the summer in some years and was moved to the Polish Community Center in Albany other years.

The party is being held on Saturday this year so it won't interfere with Sunday services at St. Gabriel.

"We couldn't do it there on a Sunday," Sykala said. "We looked at different locations, but this one, when we got there, it was like, 'Whoa, this is the one.'"

While the setting will be different, the "Dozynki" will still follow St. Adalbert's  tradition. A Polish opening-welcoming ceremony will be conducted at 11 a.m. by the Rev. Carl Urban, the retired pastor.


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