By Alan R. Madeleine
They rolled out the barrel — of Polish food.
Then, they had a barrel of fun.
This past Saturday night, Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church held a Polish dinner from 4 to 7 p.m. in the basement of the church, located on Pulaski at Fleming.
By 6 p.m., the place was still fairly full, with the remaining 40 or so attendees still scarfing down homemade (by Fr. Nowak and his wife!) pork chops and pierogis, as well as Polish sausage and sauerkraut from Srodek’s, dinner rolls and lemonade or coffee. All this, for the measly sum of $8 per adult, and $4 per child.
An array of donated, pre-cut desserts were also available for an extra 50 cents per. Food was still coming out of the kitchen, with no end in sight, during the last hour.
About 6:15, Eric Hite of Toledo once again took the stage with his accordion after a break. Hite, who also performs with the local favorite band Polka Floyd, sang as he squeezed out some familiar polka beats to an appreciative crowd comprised mostly of 50-plus-year-olds. A pair of women kitchen volunteers danced along to one tune.
A table in front of the stage had some items for sale as well, including homemade chocolates, as well as bath lotions, soaps and the like.
Upcoming events for the church include a bake sale this Sunday, Oct. 23, and a Youth Halloween Party the following Sunday after the 9 a.m. Mass. Kids will be able to change into their costumes and then enjoy the festivities. They’ll also have a “Santa Shoppe” on Sunday, Nov. 6 from 10 a.m. to noon.
By then, maybe everyone’s stomachs will finally seem a bit less full from last Saturday’s stuffing!
Holy Cross Parish Polish National Catholic Church is located at 2311 Pulaski at Fleming. To contact the rectory, call (313) 365-5191. To talk to someone in the church hall, call (313) 365-5070. They’re also online, at www.HolyCrossPNCC.com.