Crowds celebrate Kashub culture

WILNO – It’s the sort of celebration that makes one feel privileged to live in the Valley.

President of the Wilno Heritage Society (WHS), Peter Glofcheskie, said the weather forecast of rain late in the day brought out the crowds early to celebrate local heritage. 

The rain held off until mid-afternoon and when it did arrive it did not deter people from enjoying a day of wonderful food, talented musicians and good company.

The proceedings began at 11 a.m. with a blessing by Ks. Zbigniew Kulwikowsczi and Father Jan Wadoloski.

An excited 18-person delegation from Kashubia led the singing of the Kashub national anthem.

Richard Sernoskie led the singing of the National Anthem.

Glofcheskie said that, though there was no charge for admission, he hoped people would support the fifty/fifty draw. He also thanked the 26 local businesses that supported the festival. (The names of the businesses are on the back page of last week’s Gazette.)

Glofcheskie wished everyone a belated happy Polish Constitution Day, which was on May 3.

Leader of the delegation from Kashubia, Pryczkowski, said the group has been in Canada for 10 days. They want to begin an exchange of students between the two communities. Yesterday, they visited the schools in Barry’s Bay and met members of the council. Pryczkowski was very happy with the reception and invited people to visit the Kashub homeland. 

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