ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) – Disappointment echoed through St. Stanislaus Church when COVID first emerged in 2020 forcing the closure of the popular Polish holiday.
Now, two years later, organizers say the festival will be back, better than ever. Church leaders say these two years have allowed them to adjust their spending and be more frugal.
“We keep a really good eye on our books, and we’re very thrifty, so we’re not the biggest parish in Rockford, but I’ll tell you what a lot we can do with what we have,” said Dan Jaworoski. , who is the Polish coordinator of the festival.
Funding also comes from the food and drink sales they make throughout the festival. One of the most popular dishes is homemade pierogi, filled with sweet cheese or meat. Church leader Irene Dyer makes them for attendees at Mass and feasts. She learned the proper technique while living in Poland.
“I was 11, so I was like, oh okay, they’re really good,” Dyer said.
Aside from its mouth-watering baked goods, the festival uses proceeds for insurance, equipment to maintain the festival, and ingredients for recipes. However, organizers say it’s not about that – it’s about keeping Polish tradition alive.
“It’s here. How else? Can you explain it, it’s your love for the people you’ve been here before. You keep them in mind. They’re proud of us, of what we do to promote Polish culture,” Dyer said.
“It’s here. How else? Can you explain it, it’s your love for the people you’ve, been here before. You keep them in mind. They’re proud of us. Of what we are doing to promote Polish culture.
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