Wigilia dinner and program

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 9, 2017
5:00 pm social hour, 6:00 pm program, 6:30 dinner
$30 PHSR members, $35 non-members, $15 ages 7 – 18, free for children 6 and under
Registration Deadline: December 1, 2017
Seating is limited — it is recommended that you purchase your seats early to avoid disappointment.


To order by mail, send checks to:
Polish Heritage Society of Rochester
PO Box 273
Webster, NY 14580

Please provide:

  • The names of all adults in the party to facilitate check-in;
  • The names and ages of those under the age of 18 so that we might plan accordingly for gifts from Sw. Mikolaj.

Reserved seating is available by check only for table reservation as follows:

  • Table of 10 to 12
  • When making a table reservation, please include the names of all individuals in your party to facilitate check-in.

Full tables are reserved as shown above; smaller purchases are seated first-come, first-served. Tickets will not be mailed. Purchase information will be recorded and available at the door for check-in.

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 2017 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), fresh cod, split peas and cabbage (kapusta z grochem)
  • Dessert: Donuts, 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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