I remember from childhood a dark fall evening when women from the village would come to our house for tearing feathers and drinking sweet quince vodka.
On that night our house smelled like freshly baked cake and plum marmalade.
All rooms were heated with tiled stoves and the meeting itself always took place in the kitchen – the heart of our home.
Polish Cultural Center in Seattle
Annual Polish Bazaars in Polish Cultural Center happen twice a year: in Fall and in Spring. These bazaars are THE ONLY OCCASSION to eat homemade Polish meat pierogi prepared beforehand by Polish Women’s Club. So you know that on these particular 3 days the meat pierogi will be handmade by the women who gather money who various community-related causes.
I’m sorry to say that but other than that you pierogi in Polish Cultural Center – even the pierogi for PIEROGI FEST that happens in May are factory produced box dumplings 🙁
Polish Women’s Club of Seattle
Far from the home village and the capital of Poland, I found myself making pierogi with Polish Women’s Club of Seattle.
I have never thought that, after so many years, the memories of the ‘feather tearing’ will come back to me. All of a sudden, just like when I was a child, I saw almost the same picture.
I stood in the middle of the room full of bustling women that were just organizing their workspace. Some, have already had their hands deep in the sticky dough. For that evening we were supposed to make some Polish pierogi.
For me, in Polish, the name ‘Koło Pań’ (Polish Women’s Club) is strongly associated with ‘Koło Gospodyń Wiejskich’ (The Farmer Wives’ Association).
Therefore, my mind created the name ‘Koło Gospodyń Miejskich’ (The City’s Wives’ Association) that now I cannot erase. I quite like this new Polish name.
During the pierogi-making session, I had a chance of meeting older than myself representatives of Polonia in the States. Ladies who have been in the USA for ca. 20 years have been telling me some of their life stories.
We all know such elder lady that makes our heart melt with her loving eyes and soft sweet voice – just to make the time fly she’d tell you the stories of her youth. Maybe it’s your grandma; maybe that’d be your neighbour or that lady from the fair.
When such Ladies tell stories from their youth, we see them as black and white movies or as sepia tone photography.
Why so many pierogi – Polish Fall Bazaar
The Polish Women’s Club takes part in many events organized by the Polish Cultural Center. Such event is the 56th Annual Fall Bazaar that takes place on the weekend: Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6th, 2016.
In Poland, you’d be looking for an authentic American and Thai cuisine – stuff that Seattle offers on every street corner. Though, in Seattle, you cannot eat an authentic Polish food just everywhere. That’s why Fall Bazaar is a great place to attend! Apart from Polish pierogi that day you will also eat famous Polish sausage, and have a choice of variety of home made Polish cakes that the ladies from Polish Women’s Club bring as a donation for the Bazaar. These cakes would be very often $3/piece.