Priceless assistance bolsters Polka Fest

On Aug. 11, the sounds of happy people and happy music could be found in the Fourth Ward in Dunkirk as the happy sound of Polish music by Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push could be heard up and down the streets. Blessed Mary Angela Parish on Townsend Street sponsored its second annual Polka Fest.

The day started under tents in the Parish’s parking lot beneath a brilliant sun with an outdoor Mass. Approximately 500 people attended the Mass celebrated by the parish pastor, the Rev. Jan Trela, with musical accompaniment by the polka band, Special Delivery.

The event was a success only because of the generosity of so many people and organizations. Wall to wall people could be seen tapping their feet and smiling the entire afternoon while basking in the beautiful sunshine.

The party goers enjoyed Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue, Polish sausage and sauerkraut, Babcia’s cheese pierogis, pizza from the 4th Ward Deli, hot dogs, cheeseburgers and their favorite legal beverage.

In February, the Parish advertised for sponsorship of the event and to have their sponsors’ names placed on the sponsor board in front of the two churches; the response was overwhelming. We want to thank these wonderful clubs, businesses and individuals whose names are on the boards. An event like this could not take place without your support.

Also, thank you to the city of Dunkirk and Mayor Wilfred Rosas, the members of the Common Council and city employees for all their help and cooperation, to the OBSERVER, Dan Palmer and WDOE; having supporting local media access is priceless!

We cannot forget about our satellite ticket sponsors, Big Rick’s on Lake Shore Drive, Matt’s News on Third Street, 4th Ward Deli on Doughty Street and Tommy’s Barber Shop on Water Street in Fredonia.

Thank you to all our neighbors for your understanding and for putting up with the inconvenience of the large crowds and parking, especially to our immediate neighbors on Townsend Street who once again allowed seniors and people with special needs to park in their driveways.

Finally to all of our parishioners and volunteers, there are not enough words to describe how wonderful you are. Great job to our Kitchen Holy Helpers and to the countless volunteers who worked so hard to make this event a success. Your hard work is an example of how the parishioners at St. Hyacinth and St. Hedwig are working together to create a successful Parish family, a successful Blessed Mary Angela.

All our volunteers are true examples of our Lord in giving of themselves and talents for the benefit of others. Where would be without you!

Tony Popielarz is event coordinator for the Polka Fest.