The weather report for Saturday: rainy.
But Cathy Kolenda-Smith, the longtime chairwoman of the annual Polski Day in Kansas City, Kansas, isn't concerned. "It's my first rainy festival in 10 years," she says. "But I'm not worried about tomorrow. Some people wait all year for this festival."
Why not? It's hard to find Polish food in the Kansas City metro, so if you've been craving pierogi, golambki, sausage, and kolache pastries, the $12 dinner served from noon to 7 p.m. (or until the food runs out, which hasn't happened in years) should be something close to nirvana. The food, by the way, is served inside the church parish hall.
For the last 29 years, the Polski Day festivities have been hosted by the church now known as St. Joseph's Church at All Saints Parish, located at Seventh Street and Vermont in Kansas City, Kansas. The 2013 event kicks off with a parade, starting promptly at noon, from 12th Street to Eighth Street on Central Avenue, and the festival generally ends a few hours after the 4 p.m. Polish mass.