The annual St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish Picnic in Greenpoint was held on Sunday, September 15, 2013. The morning of the big event started with the setting of the tables and blowing up balloons to make the event more festive as the aroma of delectable foods and brewed coffee filled the air. Although the picnic officially started at 12 noon, the first guests started to congregate considerably earlier. The closed street, the auditorium and the parking lot of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy began to fill-up as Sunday Masses concluded. Additionally, guests from neighborhoods – near and far –arrived specifically to attend this event. The closed section of Newel Street was lined with inflatable amusements and other playground fun for children, which included a mechanical bull. Nearby was a special table on which stood three large checkers, where a volunteer teacher patiently taught chess to our children. The variety of fun and delights for children included two artists painting kids faces with flowers, butterflies, and ladybugs. Children had the opportunity to take home inflatable balloons that a talented young man was able to turn into animals, swords, flowers as well as the crown he had on his head. Some children had abandoned the above amusements to partake in the lively music provided by DJ Peter of VoxPolonia in the auditorium.
Adults enjoyed the weather as they sat at the tables in the parking lot and consumed the tasty Polish -American cuisine which included: hunters stew (bigos), stuffed cabbage, pierogis, grilled Polish sausage, tasty Polish blood pudding (kaszanka) and many other specialties. American standards were also available: hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie and chicken-burgers and assorted condiments, which included corn-on-the-cob, french fries, onion rings, etc. Dessert offered a variety of freshly baked home-made cakes and super-tasty ice cream from a small family business. Finally, you could wash all this down with an assortment of beverages.
During the picnic, children from the Joseph Dance Studio performed for the crowd. Two (2) couples demonstrated at least 10 different traditional ballroom dances and with grace and professionalism. The fantastic performance received a rousing round of applause.
A special guest visited our parish picnic. It was the 50th AD District Leader, Mr. Christopher Olechowski, who urged the Poles to fight for a Polish Greenpoint. He initiated a campaign to collect signatures on a petition to be presented to the City Council. The petition relates to forcing a withdrawal of the plans to build massive high-rises for the rich and thereby enabling the preservation of the Polish character of our neighborhood.
As the picnic began to wrap up the raffle drawing began. Thanks to the sponsoring local businesses and parishioners, a Samsung Galaxy tablet, household items, and many other attractive prizes were raffled off.
Based on the overwhelming response from our parish community and our neighbors, the picnic was a tremendous success despite our Parish’s limited facilities. Since the weather was beautiful, the picnic turned into standing room only. Fortunately, the tasty food, refreshing drinks and lively entertainment put a smile on all who attended.
Among the advertisers were the Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union (PSFCU) and Polish Newspaper Club, which had their promotional tables.
As was announced, the revenue from the event is designated to assist in defraying the cost of installing the air conditioning system in our church.
In conclusion, we would like to thank all our sponsors and donors. While a special thanks goes out to those individuals and families who volunteered to work at the picnic, because without their assistance, efforts, generosity and strength, there would be no picnic. Selfless charity is the most precious gift of all- when people are willing to work and sacrifice for the good of others.
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