Downtown Long Beach celebrates Polish Day on Saturday


na sdrovye – cheers! Come out and celebrate our Polish American Heritage this Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m. on the 117 block of Linden Avenue in downtown Long Beach. I’m not Polish, but many of my high school girlfriends were! Best of all the event is free!

And of course if you drink vodka with Poles you should drink: ZA PIĘKNE PANIE [sa pyenkne panye] – for beautiful women!

This is going to be the fourth installation of a Polish theme during the monthly Art Walks in downtown Long Beach. It draws everyone who enjoys Polish music, delicious treats, good beer and great music.

There will be not only wonderful entertainment, but also craft booths with something for everybody to make. There will also be a quick class to learn basic Polish phrases, and much more.

Here are some funny toasts I learned the hard way:
CHLUŚNIEM, BO UŚNIEM [hlooshnyem bo ooshnyem] – we drink, if not we gonna sleep
ZDROWIE WASZE W GARDŁO NASZE! [sdrovye vashe f gardwo nashe] – your health, but throats are ours!

DOBRZE GADA, DAĆ MU WÓDKI [dobje gada, dachi moo vootki] – he is right, he needs vodka (give him vodka)


Don’t miss the bevy of beauties competing in the Miss Polonia California competition at 6 p.m. The finals are at 7:15 p.m.  ZA PIĘKNE PANIE!

2:00 – 2:30     DJ Paulina
2:30 – 3:00     Vistula Danza Performance
3:00 – 3:30     DJ Paulina
3:30 – 4:15     Vistula Danza Performance
4:15 – 5:00     DJ Paulina
5:00 – 5:15     Public Announcements
5:15 – 6:00     Dance classes
6:00 – 6:45     Krakusy Performance
6:45 – 7:15     DJ Paulina
7:15 – 7:30     Miss Polonia California 2017 finals
7:30 – 8:00     Arek Religa performance
8:00 – 8:45     Fire Dancers performance
8:45 – 10:00    DJ Paulina / Festival Dance Party

There will be an exhibition of Polish contemporary and traditional works of art. Also, there will be an exhibit of Polish-American heroes, who took meaningful part in the history of creating the United States and Poland.

Following a recommendation by Benjamin Franklin, Casimir Pulaski emigrated to North America to help in the cause of the American Revolutionary War. He distinguished himself throughout the revolution, most notably when he saved the life of George Washington.

Pulaski became a general in the Continental Army, created the Pulaski Cavalry Legion and reformed the American cavalry as a whole. At the Battle of Savannah, while leading a daring charge against British forces, he was gravely wounded, and died shortly thereafter.

In 1776, Tadeusz Kościuszko moved to North America, where he took part in the American Revolutionary War as a colonel in the Continental Army.

An accomplished military architect, he designed and oversaw the construction of state-of-the-art fortifications, including those at West Point, New York. In 1783, in recognition of his services, the Continental Congress promoted him to brigadier general.


Polish food is not going to be omitted. Local Polish restaurant Polka will be serving traditional Polish dishes and snacks.

Here is an example of one menu item: Polish Dumplings filled with: potatoes & cheese or sauerkraut & stewed mushrooms + white or red cabbage salad.

I loved pierogies growing up, you could get them at any Pittsburgh supermarket! Polish dishes will be served till supplies last – so do not wait, hurry and enjoy!

That’s not all! All evening long the Polka, Oberek and Polonez dance classes will be offered. Yes, the friendly instructors will be waiting for new students all evening. The names of local Polish folk ensembles are: Krakusy and Vistula Dancers.

More than 15 Polish-California institutions and Organizations, including The Polish Consulate in Los Angeles will be working hard to make sure everyone has a great time!

If you still want to drink vodka with Poles you can toast:

ZA TYCH, CO NA MORZU [sa tih so na moshu] – for sailors
ZA TYCH, CO NIE MOGĄ [sa tih, so nye mogom] – for those who cannot drink

More information on:     T: 562.682-9735

If you’re going to drink, please take the excellent Long Beach Transit buses. If you’re the designated driver here is a helpful parking map to help you find a parking spot:

do widzenia- goodbye



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