After a tiresome and too-long winter, one sure sign of spring is Dunkirk’s Dyngus Day celebration, which occurs the day after Easter.
In the morning, Bruce Tarnowski, keeping with the tradition established by his dad Chet, made the rounds of local businesses with pussy willow branches and a spirit of fun. This year, he brought four female members of his family with him to the OBSERVER. Each wore a red T-shirt with writing that left no doubt about the family’s Polish heritage.
In the afternoon, Bruce made an appearance at the Dunkirk Senior Center for their celebration. The Kokomo band was there to provide music for the fun-loving group of seniors.
As Sandra Tapasto (Maslach from home) said, “The band usually plays Caribbean music, but they rolled out the polkas.”
Later that afternoon, the Tarnowskis as well as other fun-loving people were at the Kosciuszko Club (Doghouse) eating Polish specialties, drinking piwo (beer) and dancing to, singing along with, or clapping to the polka music from the Bob Uleck polka band.
Often called “happy music for happy people,” the bouncy music always appeals to the children. Several were happily jumping up and down on the dance floor.
Many people wore T shirts with sayings referring to their heritage. One little girl was a “Polish Princess,” while another was a “Polka Tot.” The adults had a variety of shirts, “It’s not a party until they bring the kielbasa,” “You bet your dupa I’m Polish” and “I stole the kizka” were just three examples.
Some shirts proclaimed “Everyone is Polish on Dyngus Day.” That was true. A number of other ancestories were represented. Food and fun is a sure recipe for a good time for anyone.