Tonawanda News — Our Lady of Czestochowa Parish will be holding it’s first Easter “Eggstravaganza” on Sunday following the 10:30 a.m. Mass.
The event is being held in response to an extremely successful Christmas event held at the church last year which featured a variety of cookies traditional to different ethnicities.
“The church has Polish roots, it was established by Polish immigrants in 1906,” said Pat Burngasser, president of the parish council. “Now it’s a compilation of all different parishes, so the goal at Christmas was to bring all the nationalities together. Now we’re trying to do it again.”
The highlight of the event will be a selection of traditional Easter baked goods from variously countries like Poland, Italy, Greece, Ireland and Germany.
Burngasser said that at Christmas time, the work and effort that went into the cookies, which were all homemade, was made clear by the beautiful finish and decorations on them.
The event will begin at about 11:30 a.m., as the morning Mass closes, and go until 2 p.m. Aside from the baked goods, the “Eggstravaganza” will feature pictures with the Easter Bunny for free, a “cupcake patch” and a spring-themed basket raffle.
There will also be a demonstration of pisanka, the Polish style of egg decorating, as well as demonstrations on how to make crosses and crowns of thorns from palm leaves.
“I’m anxious to see how it turns out. Christmas was crazy,” Burngasser said. “We had 350 pounds of cookies, they were gone in an hour.”
The event is free, with the exception of purchasing the baked goods and participating in the basket raffle. Depending on the particular type of baked good, they will be sold either individually or by the pound.
“A lot of people came out for Christmas, even people who aren’t part of the parish,” Burngasser said. “I saw a lot of faces I didn’t recognize, that’s what we like, for new people to come in and be a part of it.”
The Easter “Eggstravaganza” will be held in the Parish Hall at Our Lady of Czestochowa, located at 54 Center Ave., in North Tonawanda.