Holy Trinity Parish Honors Polish Heritage with Zabawa
Holy Trinity Parish of Erie will celebrate Polish heritage with a three-day festival held from Aug. 26 to 28.
Friday, Aug. 26
Holy Trinity Parish of Erie will celebrate Polish heritage with a three-day festival held from Aug. 26 to 28. The 23rd annual Zabawa – Polish for fun – will be complete with games, food, and live entertainment, in the form of traditional Polish Polka music, of course.
"It's like a big Polish wedding reception," explained Theresa Ignaczak, promotions chairperson.
While you won't likely come across anyone in a wedding gown, Zabawa has the same party-like atmosphere you might find at a wedding reception or family reunion. Many attendees know one another, so as they enjoy the festivities, they spend time socializing and exchanging stories.
Entertainment will include Polka bands like The Knewz from Buffalo, New York, The Boys from Baltimore, Maryland, Henry and the Versa J's from Pittsburgh, and the Mar-Vels from Erie. When the bands need a break, Ken Olowin, a local DJ, will keep the music coming. Sunday's agenda will also include a performance by Erie's own Wiwaty Folk Dancers.
Visitors can try a wide variety of Polish food, enter drawings, or play games of chance. Children's games will also be available.
In addition to the festivities, two polka masses will be held over the weekend: one Saturday at 5 p.m. with Erie Catholic Bishop Lawrence Persico, and the other Sunday at 11 a.m. These unique masses include traditional hymns set to a polka tune. They are meant to be upbeat and jubilant, while remaining reverent.
Admission and parking are free on Sunday. Additional parking and a free shuttle service are available at East 34th and Ash streets. – Tracy Geibel
Friday, Aug. 26 to Sunday, Aug. 28 // 5 to 10 p.m. Friday; noon to 10 p.m. Saturday; noon to 6 p.m. Sunday // East 23rd and Reed streets // 456.0671 // Holytrinity.org