Wigilia dinner and program

The 2016 event was great! See you next year!

Wigilia – a traditional Polish Christmas Eve Dinner – open to all
An annual tradition of the PHSR
St. John Fisher College
Cleary Auditorium in Kearney Hall
Saturday, December 10, 2016
5:00 pm social hour, 6:00 pm program, 6:30 buffet dinner
$30 PHSR members, $35 non-members, $15 ages 7 – 18, free for children 6 and under
Registration Deadline: December 2, 2016
Seating is limited — it is recommended that you purchase your seats early to avoid disappointment.

The evening’s program will include:

  • Several traditions such as the singing of carols (koledy) and the breaking of opłatki
  • Music during the social hour
  • Activities for younger children during the social hour
  • Entertainment following dinner by a local quartet

The 2016 menu is as follows:

  • Social Hour: Herring, rye bread, cheese & crackers, soft drinks, red & white wine.
  • Main Course: Beet soup (barszcz) with mushroom dumplings (uszka), cheese, pierogi (cheese and potato, sauerkraut and mushroom), fresh cod, split peas and cabbage (kapusta z grochem)
  • Dessert: Poppy seed cake, Polish bow cookies (chrusciki), fruit drink (kompot), coffee & tea

Watch for information each Christmas season on programs to be presented by the Polish Heritage Society of Rochester, the Krakow Sister Cities Program and the Rochester Museum and Science Center, especially the annual Wigilia celebration.

“Wigilia” comes from the Latin word “vigilare,” meaning “to await.” The actual Wigilia celebration begins on December 24th when the first star in the east (Gwiazdka) is seen.

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