12 MONTHS OF NON-STOP ACTIVITIES, MUSIC, LEARNING AND FUN ALL OVER WINONA.
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March of the Pomeranians, A Parade of Pets- A delightful way to introduce folks to the Pomeranian regional culture through the wonderful breed of dogs that originated from the area. The parade of pets will include some pets and owners dressed in a cultural costume of their choice. The Competitiors will be awarded $100 for best costume, most authentic cultural Costume (any Culture), and most similar in appearance: owner and pet.
Adult and youth categories--$100 prize in each category
Event in part supports the Winona Humane Society!
This event will be held on March 28th, 2020 @noon at Sobieski Park.
Dyngus Day—(Wet Monday) a celebration of Smigus-Dyngus, a ritual where folks show their friendship and mischievous community fun by dousing friends they like with water. This event will feature water pistols & water balloon fights, Paint Ball Art, Coloring competitions, food and of course WATER.
Have fun pranking loved ones with water balloons.
Winner's of coloring contest will win prizes!!
This event in part supports the Winona Public Library!
This event will be held on Monday April 13th, 2020 at Sobieski Park Lodge @noon.
Jeny Kochany (Oh, My Gosh) Festival- a day-long celebration of all things Kashubian with a Live@the Levee concert featuring a Polka Battle of the Bands. There will be a Polka dance off, dance lessons from the Dolina Dancers in Kashubian Style, food trucks and vendors. Polish art will also be celebrated with an American flair; Pisanki (traditional egg decoration) Workshop offered by a local artist re-interpreting this ancient art.
$100 prize to the last team standing in the Polka Dance off! Think you ahve what it takes to be the alst team dancing?
This event will be held on Saturday May 23rd, 2020.
Banquet in the Street-Kashubian Style-A meal in the street featuring community members sharing favorite cultural dishes, or other family and fan favorites. Tables will be set up along the street and folks will be invited to participate in one of the largest Pot-Luck dinners celebrating Kashubian and Polish food. Six dishes will be prepared by a Polish Chef Marzena Wnuk-Lupinska, visiting us from Bytow Poland.
Music and dancing will follow.
This event will be held on Wednesday June 24th, 2020 @5:30 on Center Street between 3rd and 5th!
Watkins Bake Off - the launching of a new annual tradition: a regional bake off and food competition. This 2020 year will feature special awards for Polish cuisine in each area in addition to the primary categories of Best Bake, Best Dessert, Best Bread. The only requirements will be one Watkins ingredient must be included in the recipe.
This day will also feature a Bloedow's Donut Eating Competition Both events will be held on September 26th, 2020!
Bay State Soup-O-Rama- a feast for soup lovers: contestants will compete for Best Soup Hot, Best Soup Chilled, Most Forkable. In this special 2020 year, Best Traditional Polish Recipe will be awarded. The only requirements will be for the Soup-O-Rama is that the soup will be served in a Bay State Bread bowl provided to each contestant.
This event will be held on September 26th, 2020.
Smazcne Jablka—This traditional Apple Fest is complete with live music and an auction of Polish gifts and crafts. Tours of the Polish Museum will be available for all to take a part in, and Polish food and food trucks will have offerings.
The Apple Fest will be held on Sunday October 4th, 2020 @noon
KCC 2020 will feature a series of workshops on the history, culture and art and cuisine of the Kashubian people of Poland.
The Polish Table (Cuisine),Haft (Embroidary), Genealogy, and Wycinaki (Paper Cutting), Pisanki (egg decorating).
See calendar page for dates.
A Series of four River Boat Tours featuring Polish history in Winona.
Home Town Hereos, The Polish Immigrant-New place, New ways, The Fighting Poles, and The Polish builders of Winona. One boat tour on teh first Thursday of every month June-September @7PM on the Cal Fremling
See calendar page for dates.
Join us for stories, song, dance, drink and laughs as we explore the Polish immigrants of Winona written and director by Winona's very own Jim Vrchota.
One Day only! Two Performances-Limited seating!
Buy your tickets today!
$15 General Admission $10 Students and Children
When: Saturday, November 7th @2:00pm and 7:00pm
Where: The Masonic Theater 251 Main Street Winona, MN 55987
Holiday Market and Cookie Exchange
This Event will feature artisan vendors, holiday music, baked goods, ornaments, ice skating and more.
There will be food and beverages featuring Hot cocoa, mulled wine, and a Hot polish Toddy! The Levee Park Ice rink will return and be open throughout the winter--remember bring your own skates.
When: Saturday December 12th, 2020
Time: Noon to 9:00PM
Where: Levee Park