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Claremont church to host events celebrating heritage

CLAREMONT — This year, St. Joseph Church will continue its annual tradition of celebrating Polish-American Heritage Month in October.

Next month, the following events will be open to all:

On Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m., the 21st annual Polish Cooking Class will be held in the church hall at 58 Elm St. Cooks will demonstrate the preparation of several Polish recipes, and the audience will be able to taste the results. A $6 donation is requested to attend. Call Sharon Wood at 542-6454 or Arline Marro at 543-5933. Those planning to attend are asked register in advance to give the cooks enough time to prepare enough food for sampling.

On Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 p.m., Anthony Bajda, president of the Polish-American Congress of New Hampshire, will give a 20-minute PowerPoint presentation about the organization and then show the 94-minute film &#';Nine Days That Changed the World&#'; about Karol Cardinal Wojtyla becoming Pope John Paul II. The event is free. No reservations are necessary.

The annual Mass and Coffee Hour will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 10 a.m. The Mass will feature hymns sung in Polish, followed by Coffee Hour in the church hall with traditional Polish pastries, a sing-along of favorite Polish folk songs and storytelling. There is no charge.

The annual &#';Dozynki&#'; or &#';Harvest Festival&#'; will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m., following the 5 p.m. Mass. The menu will include kielbasa, kapusta, golumbki (stuffed cabbage), pierogi and hot dogs for $10 a plate for adults and $5 for children. Polish gift items will be available for sale. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

From Wednesday, Oct. 31, to Saturday, Nov. 5, the Old Courthouse restaurant on Main Street in Newport will feature its annual Polish menu. Greeters in Polish folk dress will be on hand to welcome and visit with diners. For reservations, call the restaurant at 863-8360.


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