October is Polish American Heritage Month

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Since 1986, St Joseph Church, Claremont, New Hampshire has held an annual celebration of Polish American Heritage Month in October. Events are always open to the public and have drawn visitors from outside the region who enjoy participating in the traditions.

On Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30 pm, the 24th Annual Polish Cooking Class will be held in St. Joseph Church Hall, 58 Elm Street. 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 served. Please call Sharon Wood at 603-542-6454 or Arline Marro at 603-542-5933 to register ahead of time so that enough food can be prepared. Please do not wait until the last minute to call, since the cooks need to have an accurate count to prepare enough food for sampling.

The 25th annual “Dozynki” or “Harvest Festival” will be held on Saturday, October 19 at 6:00 pm, following the 5:00 Mass. The menu includes kielbasa, kapusta, golumbki, pierogi, and hot dogs priced at $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 October 27 at 10am. The Mass will feature hymns sung in Polish, followed by Coffee Hour in the church hall with traditional Polish pastries served. This year we are proud to announce that Gary Sredzienski will entertain with his wonderful accordion music and stories, beginning around 11:30 am. All are welcome to attend and there is no charge, although donations are always 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 603-863-8360. You can also visit them on their facebook page, by clicking here.

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