Workshop and celebration In the Polish-American community

What: Swieconka, a Polish Easter tradition workshop, will be led by Lawrence Kozlowski, folklorist and author. The hands-on event will allow participants to learn about ritual foods and folk crafts. There will be lectures and tastings focusing on Polish Easter foods including zurek, a rye-inspired soup; baranek wielkanocny, butter lamb; and white borscht. There also will be Polish beer and vodka, a Chinese auction and raffle and polka DJ. Demonstrations will be on pisanki, wax-decorated eggs; palmowa tkania, palm weaving; and wycinanki, decorative paper cutting. Vendors will offer decorated eggs, woven palms, recipe books, basket covers and more.

When: From 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Where: St. Casimir’s Church, 149 Jefferson St., Youngstown.

Sponsor: The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle, a nonprofit community-based organization that focuses on preserving Polish culture and heritage through dance, music, language and folk art. The Krakowiaki children and adult choir performs at community events. This event is a fundraiser to buy additional costumes for the group.

After-Easter event: Polish Youngstown and Kuzman’s Lounge, Route 422, Girard, will sponsor a trip on Dyngus Day, Easter Monday, from 7 to 11 p.m. April 13 to Buffalo, N.Y., where the largest celebration is in the city’s Historic Polonia District. There is a parade, party and music. Dyngus originates from the baptism on Easter Mohday of Mieszko I, duke of Poland, in 966 A.D., uniting all of Poland under the banner of Christianity. The cost is $75. Contact Aundr a Cika, director of PolishYoungstown, (330) 646-4082.

 
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