Tonawanda News — “It’s my first time here,” she said. “My cousin told us what a great time it is. She was right, I think it’s fabulous.”
Kim Denny, a Dom Polski board of trustees member who was dressed in a red shirt, beads and baseball hat that said “Polish Princess” on it, said she began coming to the event seven years ago and decided to bring her granddaughter this year.
“It’s a big Polish holiday, a lot of fun and really good food,” she said.
The main dining room was filled with attendees old and young, with the most senior member coming in at the age of 96, according to Brachmann. Red and white balloons, streamers and clothing added to the festive nature of the evening.
While thousands head to Buffalo for the Dyngus Day celebration, many of the members of Dom Polski, and those in attendance, say they prefer the more intimate atmosphere of the event held in the Lumber City.
“We really want to show the community that we’re a family,” Brachmann said. “That’s what it’s all about.”
Gina Swinger, who was festively dressed outside the social club with her daughter, Samantha Burkett, said she was supposed to meet a group of 20 friends and relatives, before she found out that Dom Polski had sold out for the evening. Instead the crew was planning to head down the street to the East Avenue Tavern, where they might one day begin their own tradition.
“I heard Dom Polski has a great celebration,” she said. “We have our pussy willows and we have our squirt guns.”Contact reporter Michael Regan at 693-1000, ext. 4115.