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Polish Wigilia dinner to be held at St. Nicholas


Polish Falcons Heritage Foundation (PFHF) will sponsor its third annual Traditional Wigilia Dinner on Saturday, Dec. 3 at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

PFA Cultural Commissioner Lawrence Kozlowski will host the event, leading guests in the sharing of Oplatki and other traditions. Singing of Polish Koledy (carols), as well as carols in English, will take place following the meal.

The cost of the event is $40 per person and $20 for children 12-and-under. Reservations are required. Doors will open at 1 p.m. This year’s dinner will feature mushroom soup, baked fish, boiled potatoes, pierogi, peas and carrots, noodles and cabbage, cucumbers in sour cream, fruit compote, bread and butter, honey cookies, coffee, tea and soft drinks.

In attendance at the event promoting his latest book will be Oscar Swan, a Slavic Languages and Literatures professor at the University of Pittsburgh and author of over 15 books. Mr. Swan was the first American recipient of the Thesaurus Poloniae Award from the Center of International Culture, Krakow.

He is also the recipient of the Polonicum Award from the University of Warsaw for outstanding contributions to the promulgation of Polish language, literature, and culture outside Poland. Recently, he received the award for outstanding contributions to Polish culture in America from the American Council for Polish Culture.

Also in attendance displaying his art will be David Motak, an internationally recognized artist and graphic designer specializing in the Szopka, an ornate traditional architectural art form that originated in the environs of Kraków, Poland. Mr. Motak’s Szopka creations translate basic materials such as wood, cardboard and colored foiled paper into whimsical, multistory interpretive 3-D structural sculptures that combine a variety of traditional architectural styles into ornate, yet harmonious works of art.

For more information regarding the dinner and to make reservations, contact the Polish Falcons at 844-203-9917 or visit


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