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Festivals

Even though there's a wealth of event options on Dyngus Day, revelers typically wind up at one of three places: The Pussywillow Party Tent, especially if the weather cooperates; the Central Terminal, a historic setting with wildly popular Those Idiots; and the Adam Mickiewicz Library, a dance party in tight quarters that's set apart from the wildness near Paderewski Drive.…

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Buffalo has always been a city of strong ethnic identities, cherished by generations whose ancestors first arrived at this waterfront territory, settled and, ultimately, set us all up to be united as Americans. We’re also all really good at celebrating where we come from – and initially, our ancestor-generated festivals were much more insular affairs. They were family a…

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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…

Food and Drink

Babcia's is already proud of its pierogi, touting 23 flavors already at two spots in the Broadway Market, where the local business serves year-round. With Easter approaching, Babcia's Pierogi owners Linda and George Lund are close to opening a third presence at 999 Broadway: a deli-style grab-and-go counter with authentic Polish fare, available cold by the pound, rangin…

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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 to an Indian trail that eventually became Seneca Street…

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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 expect a similarly minimalist effort applied to t…

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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 ta…

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Over the past two decades, Buffalo’s Dyngus Day celebration has gone from an occasion of Polish pride set inside church halls to a red-emblazoned bonanza across the city’s Historic Polonia District. The Polka-infused revelry introduces outsiders to an East Side neighborhood that once percolated as a vital rail hub. But the Tyskie-soaked bash only lasts for a day. In its…

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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: …

Attractions

The girls whack the guys with pussy willows and the guys fire squirt guns at the girls. Or is it the other way around? That's just the first quandary that confounds the uninitiated every year when Dyngus Day rolls around. Thousands partake in the celebration, which takes place on Easter Monday and centers in the neighborhood around Broadway and Fillmore where the Pol…

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Buffalo's reputation as a bastion of Polish culture is well known. While it's easy enough to knock back a couple of Zywiecs in the ancient bar of the Adam Mickiewicz Dramatic Circle and Library, or head to the festivities at the Central Terminal on Dyngus Day, some traces of Polish culture and influence are harder to detect. Though the city's Polish identity has in s…

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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 the party tent. Flying Bison will h…

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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 eventually were reu…