Do you want to have a good time and enjoy unique ethnic food at the same time? Then check out the 2nd annual Dyngus Day party on April 5, beginning at 5:30pm, at Corpus Christi Church in Buffalo. The festival will feature Buffalo’s only Polish Pizza, polka dancing, a cash bar featuring Polish beers, and a chance to win theme basket prizes.
Admission costs $10 for adults, and $2 for children 12 and under with family or an adult guardian. If you bring proof that you attended another Dyngus Day event in the Broadway-Fillmore area earlier on the day of the festival, you will also be able to get in for $2.
The Polish Harmony Folk Ensemble and Polish Heritage Dancers of Western New York will be on hand for music, dancing, and entertainment. Beginning at 7pm, Al Kania’s Eastern Smile, Polka Style will provide music. Throughout the course of the day, there will be a theme basket raffle from early in the afternoon until 9:30pm.
This particular festival is fairly new to Buffalo. But the historic nature of what the festival represents means that revelers can count on Corpus Christi planning plenty of fun for years to come. According to Aniela Baj, a Legislative Assistant for the City of Buffalo and coordinator for the event, the fact that this is only its second year does not detract from it.
“With this being the 2nd year it is a bit hard to gauge the number of attendees,” Baj said. “However, we will serve up a special time to every guest that walks through the door.”
According to Baj, the festival’s Polish Pizza was a big hit last year and a major selling point of the Corpus Christi celebration. It is a special treat that is only available twice a year, and the wide array of toppings, including kielbasa and potato/kraut pierogi, should draw Buffalonians in. Festival-goers will even find a new addition to the list of ethnic offerings in the form of a golumbki wrap.
“I have heard people comment that the Polish pizza is delicious, unique… hey, it’s Buffalo – we will put anything on a pizza to make it fantastic,” Baj said. “Kudos to our parish chef Ron for his creative talents at creating such a unique and only Polish Pizza.”
Baj also said that the theme basket raffle is a new addition to the festival this year. She added that the prizes will include autographed Team Night Train shirts from Buffalo’s US Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Mesler, among others.
For Baj, people should be able to attend the festival and have a good time. However, this festival is equally important in terms of how it brings attention to a long-standing Buffalo tradition and unites residents regardless of their ethnic or other background.
“Dygnus Day brings together Poles and non-Poles to celebrate the end of the Lenten fast, to teach others about traditions and customs, and hopefully bring back people to our neighborhood treasures more than once a year,” Baj said. “Please support Corpus Christi Church and stop by the Adam Mickiewicz Library & Dramatic Circle for the most authentic Dyngus Day celebration in Buffalo.
For more information about this event, contact the rectory of Corpus Christi at 716.896.1050, or Aniela Baj at 716.479.2342 or by email.