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Polish Easter craft contest follows Palm Sunday Mass

Butter lambs and kielbasa and weaved palms, oh my.

St. Casimir Catholic Church, 160 Cable St., is holding a Family Faith Food Contest featuring Polish Easter crafts on Sunday.

The event, free and open to the public, starts at about noon, after the 10 a.m. Palm Sunday procession and Mass. Held in the church’s social center, it will feature contests to honor the best hand-shaped butter lambs, homemade smoked kielbasa, pisanki (decorated eggs), homemade horseradish, sweet yeast breads, and woven palms.

The Rev. Czeslaw Krysa, the church’s pastor, will also exhibit examples of his 30-year career as a palm weaver.

Food available will include smoked turkey and ham sandwiches on Canadian sour dough rye with Aunt Blanche’s potato salad, for $5. (Aunt Blanche is gone, but her potato salad recipe is still making people happy. “This is not a fundraiser,” Krysa said. “This is a heritage event.”

The contest, sponsored by local Polish-American businesses, “is modeled on the kiermasz wielkanocny popular in Polish cities,” Krysa said. “It seeks to honor local, homespun tradition bearers as well as highlight the faith meaning of foods blessed on Holy Saturday for the Easter table.”