2016 Polish Picnic
The Polus Center for Social & Economic Development, Inc. would like to thank everyone who participated in the Polish Picnic on Sunday, August 7, which saw Polish culture alive and well at Turner Hall Pavilion in Clinton. The Polish Picnic was a fundraiser for the Polus Center, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide opportunities for people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. The Polish Picnic served dual purposes in Clinton, providing a venue to celebrate Polish heritage and culture not as readily available since the closing of Our Lady of Jasna Gora Parish, as well as raising funds for a small non-profit agency that makes an impact for vulnerable people in the local region and around the world.
The picnic was a large success this year drawing upwards of 250 people. The Eddie Forman Orchestra provided traditional Polka music, and Polish food included serving more than 600 golabkis, 375 kielbasa links, and many gallons of homemade kapusta as well as traditional Polish baked goods. In addition to music and food, raffles and face painting created a fun atmosphere on a sunny afternoon. Many attendees who traveled from area towns had their Polish roots in Clinton, as the town and its manufacturers drew large numbers of Poles to Clinton throughout the early 1900’s. It was wonderful to see the picnic as an opportunity for young and old to have fun and celebrate a proud heritage.
The picnic was sponsored by the Clinton, Berlin, and Bolton cultural councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency. The Polus Center would like to thank the many people who made the picnic possible, including Turner Hall members, volunteers Mark and Faith (Kulis) Fallon, Ann (Burzenski) and Craig Martin, Kathy, AJ and Diana Tamburri, Jackie Baldessare, Kathy Martin, Kathy Krysiak, Andrzej Litra, Lynn and Zack Harper, Robert Kane, Shawn and Jack Carr, Cathy Gadway, Laure Close, the Polish Genealogical Society of Massachusetts, Golemo’s Market and many others. Volunteers are welcome and needed for next year’s picnic!
In Massachusetts the Polus Center works with the MA Commission for the Blind to sponsor internships and employment opportunities in Clinton and Boston, and with the North Central MA Workforce Investment Board and One-Stop Career Center in Leominster to help people with disabilities throughout North Central MA obtain education, credentials, and paid work experiences for employment in the health care, manufacturing, banking and hospitality fields. The Polus Center is also known for its international humanitarian work with landmine victims, and supports the Family Care at Home program, an option for family members of elders and people with disabilities in North Central MA to receive payment for caring for their loved one at home. While the business office moved recently from Clinton to Petersham, representatives of the Polus Center are in Clinton and Leominster often and are available to speak with any individual or group interested in employment opportunities or family care at home services. For more information or to volunteer for next year’s Polish Picnic, contact Theresa at 978-270-2457, firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to www.poluscenter.org.