Polish tradition returns: PNA brings behind annual picnic
September 1, 2015 - Picnic Time
Besides Cruise Night, Streatorites have another thing to demeanour brazen to Labor Day weekend — a long-awaited lapse of a Polish Picnic.
This annual tradition, famous for a polkas and Polish sausage, finished in a mid-1980s. Once on a time, Streator’s Polish National Alliance section hosted this picnic, attracting busloads of out-of-towners from as distant divided as St. Louis.
Back then, a eventuality was hold in late Jul during Oakland Park. This one will be during PNA’s domicile Sunday, Sept. 6, during 906 E. Livingston St.
This cruise shouldn’t be confused with another one that started 3 years ago, that is hold during Oakland Park in late July. For that event, tickets are limited. No tickets are indispensable during PNA’s, organizers say.
A navigator promotion a cruise reads, “The good aged days are back.” The PNA cruise will final from noon to 10 p.m. Music starts during 2 p.m. with Ray’s Rockets. Eddie Korosa Jr. will take a theatre from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Polish sausage, kraut, beef and prohibited dogs will be served.
Different explanations have emerged over a years about since a PNA eventuality disappeared. The heading jubilee captivated an estimated 15,000 people each year.
At this year’s event, organizers devise to sell drink from a Polish hall’s bar, though “we will control things,” Swital said.
In 1898, 12 Polish immigrants shaped a Streator section of a Polish National Alliance, a national organisation that started only 5 years before.
Polish immigrants arrived in a area to work during spark mines and potion factories. The internal section started assembly during a Polish church hall, after famous as St. Casimir’s church and afterwards changed to a Eagles building, according to a 1998 Times-Press story.
Later, a fondness started saving income and holding picnics to lift income for a new building, that was dedicated in 1961.
In a 1998 Times-Press interview, Swital pronounced it wasn’t easy to keep a birthright alive.
“To try and keep people together and continue a birthright is not as easy since a (numbers of) comparison people are (dwindling),” she pronounced during a time. “Hopefully, a younger people will change and turn some-more interested.”
What: Polish Picnic
When: Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6
Where: Polish National Alliance Hall, 906 E. Livingston St., Streator