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Unless you have long arms – or a long pussy willow – the playful traditions of Dyngus Day can’t be safely carried on this year due to Covid-19. In fact, barring a hidden stash of Tyskie or Buffalo Distilling’s krupnik, the easiest way to celebrate Buffalo’s quirkiest holiday is through takeout. Here are four local spots where you can

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Those Idiots, Hocus Polkas and the Buffalo Touch are three local polka bands that shine at annual Dyngus Day parties across the area — and their performance schedules, on Dyngus Day alone, would make anyone’s head spin. Sure, all three play gigs at other times of the year, but not one matches the scale, polka-induced enthusiasm and sheer Polish

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On the list of Polish population in the United States, Cheektowaga comes right after Los Angeles. Then comes Buffalo. Polish culture is an essential part of Buffalo’s self-image in food and drink, evinced by the Dyngus Day Dionysian krupnik-fueled conga line of a parade, and the twice-a-year kielbasa appreciation gatherings at the Broadway Market. So when I asked an

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For the 13th year in a row, Buffalo’s Polish community, parade enthusiasts, pussy willow wavers, red shirt wearers (but not Anderson Cooper) are gathering for everyone’s favorite post-Easter holiday: Dyngus Day, On April 22, Dyngus Day festivities will be focused in Old Polonia on the East Side specifically on Broadway Avenue, Fillmore Avenue, Memorial Drive and Peckham Street. Official

When the lights went out in the North Star Tavern in 2013, people wondered if another family would step up to bring it back to life. The building, built in 1831, is older than the Town of Elma, whose people it has fed and watered for generations. According to the historical marker on the property, it was built next

A house salad is a window into a restaurant’s soul. The work that goes into the house salad, the throw-in with entrees, provides a clue to how much that house cares about the little things. If you’re served a bowl of ice-cold iceberg shards with a lonely cucumber slice and a wedge of mealy Florida tomato, you can usually

This ain’t your babcia’s pierogi. A tacolike Fiesta pierogi. Beef on weck pierogi. Stuffed banana pepper pierogi. There were plenty of traditional pierogi entries at this year’s Dozynki Polish Harvest Festival; made with cheese, potato and sauerkraut fillings. But pierogi varieties entered into the the non-traditional category are always the ones that get everyone talking. The contest is meant

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Polish Villa II Cuisine: Polish-Buffalonian favorites. Owner: Edward Kutas Price range: $2-$12 Established: 2016 Dishes to try: Hand-formed, homemade pierogi (cheese, potato or sauerkraut), $3; fresh cucumber salad with sour cream, onion and fresh dill, $5; kielbasa sandwich, fresh or smoked, with sauerkraut on rye or a roll, $6. Brick-and-mortar location: 1085 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga Website: polishvilla.org Social media:

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Polish celebration A tribute to Polish heritage called Pils, Pierogi & Polka will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. March 31 at Flying Bison Brewing Company (840 Seneca St.). Attendees will get two drink tokens, a food ticket redeemable for either Ru’s Pierogi or Polish Villa 2, and live music from polka pop fusion band Those Idiots under

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When Teddy and Hanna Robieniek came to the United States from communist Poland with just two suitcases and $100, they could not have predicted their future success. They were forced to leave behind their children, Ania Duchon and Monika Poslinksi, with family as they set out to achieve the American dream. They began working at the Broadway Market and

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