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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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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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Nov. 8, 1928 – June 7, 2017 Krystyna (Christine) Nieduzak was forced to leave Poland in 1939 at the start of World War II, survived a Soviet labor camp in Siberia and went to a refugee resettlement camp  in Africa, but she always carried her native land and its traditions with her. Ever since she arrived in Buffalo a dozen years later, she was especially active in gr…

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Polish culture is thrust into the spotlight on Dyngus Day in Buffalo. From hands-on learning about Zywiec and Tyskie, to foraging for the city's best pierogi, to arguing whose red shirt has the worst kielbasa joke, cultural experiences are intertwined with the revelry of the post-Lenten festivities. To give you a broad idea of what's happening with Polish food and drink l…

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1) Pussy Willow Party Tent for Dyngus Day, 3 to 11 p.m. March 28 on Peckham Street at Memorial Drive in Historic Polonia (walking distance from Central Terminal). $10 to get in, or $2 with a Pussy Willow Pass ($10 itself from Wegmans locations). Commentary: Polish revelry will be in full force in the wildly popular entertainment tent, where polka band Those Idiots fills t…

Food and Drink

‘‘Where is the penance?” The question came from a devout young man baffled by the Buffalo tradition of a Friday fish fry in Lent, a time of fasting and piety. He repeated his question. I fished for an answer. When it’s Lent and you are crunching into a hot beer-battered slab of fish, accompanied by potato salad, macaroni salad, creamy coleslaw and an icy beer or chilled …

Food and Drink

Nobody can be certain of the next Buffalo nightlife trend, but one that’s doubtful is the resurrection of the bare-bones bar. Craft drafts are now a necessity in any location, and modern accompaniments such as Internet jukeboxes, muddled cocktails and maintained mustaches on patrons and employees are an understood certainty. Not the case inside Historic Polonia’s R&L …