VP Trish: Have you met our Cultural Commissioner?

A few years ago, Lawrence (Larry) Kozlowski joined the Polish Falcons as our Cultural Commissioner. What a great move that has proven to be! Larry has tons of experience and knowledge which he so graciously shares with all of us.

His workshops have been very successful and all who attend are thrilled! Last year, he was the host of the First Annual Polish Falcons of America Wigilia. The group was so pleased with the program and the reenactment of a traditional Christmas Wigilia. There were quite a few tears as many thought back to their childhoods, their parents and so many wonderful memories. The Wigilia will be held this year on Saturday, December 5. The program will be slightly different this year, but all who attend will be as pleased as they were last year (at least, that is our hope!).

Larry also attends all of our youth events and the kids love him. He engages them and is able to educate them in an entertaining way. This year at camp, he was teaching Polish dancing. When he played the first song, I thought he hit the wrong button. But no, he had a Motown song up first to get the kids moving. His intention was to show the correlation between just dancing and Polish dancing. It worked! Larry can boogie!

Thursday evening, he taught us how to celebrate St. John’s Eve. We were all dressed in togas, wearing wreathes of flowers on our heads (each of the kids had made their own, Shari Pekarovic made mine, thank you!) and carrying a wreath with a candle (there again, I didn’t make mine!). We walked around the huge campfire the older guys had built, as Larry shared the tradition. All then walked to the lake and placed their wreaths in the lake. Surprisingly, the water took them out. Later that night, we were able to see the soft glow off in the distance. Druhna Chris and I each got to release a Sky Lantern that had been signed by all at camp. That was incredible. This was followed by the sharing of the Oplatek. As is usual, there were lots of tears and kind words shared with one another.

Even though not all of us in attendance were of Polish decent, we all enjoyed the Polish traditions. Again, Larry did a fabulous job of explaining and encouraging all to participate!

Larry is available to visit your Nest or District (at our expense) to share his knowledge of the Polish culture. Please contact me if you are interested.

Czolem!

Babcia’s Old Fashioned Onion Skin Dyed Eggs

Kraszanki – Old Fashioned Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs

Materials:
Raw White Eggs (Room Temperature)
Onion Skins (Brown, Red, Purple Or Mixed Skins)
//As Many Skins As Possible//
3 Tablespoons of Vinegar OR 3 Tablespoons of Salt
6 Cups Water
Porcelain Pot with Lid
Paper Towels
Bacon Fat OR Vegetable Oil

Directions:
1) Place onion skins and water into a porcelain pot. 2) Bring mixture to a boil, reduce and simmer for 30 minutes. 2) Cool onion skin dye and remove skins (strain liquid). 3) Add vinegar OR salt to the onion skin dye. 4) Layer raw, room temperature eggs into the liquid. 4) Bring eggs in onion skin dye to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. 5) Simmer for 20 minutes, turn off heat and let eggs cool in the onion skin dye. 6) Remove cooked, dyed, cooled eggs and blot with paper towels. 7) When dry and cool, rub dyed eggs with bacon fat or vegetable oil. 8) Proudly add to your “Swieconka” Easter Basket or table.

Variations Of Kraszanki

Marbleized* Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs

Materials:
Raw White Eggs (Room Temperature)
Onion Skins (Brown, Red, Purple Or Mixed Skins)
//As Many Skins As Possible//
3 Tablespoons of Vinegar OR 3 Tablespoons of Salt
6 Cups Water
Porcelain Pot with Lid
Paper Towels
Bacon Fat OR Vegetable Oil
Cheese Cloth or Cotton cloth
Twist Ties

Directions:
1) Take a 3 inch by 3 inch square of cotton, nylon or cheese cloth. 2) Take a raw white egg and wrap the onion skins around the raw egg. 3) Place the egg in the center of the cloth and bring the edges together, securing the onion skins around the egg. 4) Twist the cloth to form a tightly wrapped egg. 5) Secure the twisted egg with a twist tie. 6) Place 6 cups of water and salt OR vinegar in a large porcelain pot. 6) Bring wrapped egg to a boil, cover and reduce heat to a simmer. 5) Simmer for 20 minutes, turn off heat and let eggs cool in the onion skin dye. 6) Remove cooled eggs from the hot water and untwist the cloths to reveal a the marbleized pattern. 7) When dry, rub dyed eggs with bacon fat or vegetable oil. Enjoy a beautiful marbled egg!

*To create leaf imprinted eggs, arrange flat leafed parsley around the egg and secure leaves with cloth and twist ties. Proceed as above beginning with step #6.

Variations Of Kraszanki

Onion Skin Dyed Easter Eggs For Kids

Materials:
Raw White Eggs (Room Temperature)
Wide Rubber Bands Or Surgical Tape
Onion Skins (Brown, Red Or Purple Skins)
//As Many Skins As Possible//
3 Tablespoons of Vinegar OR 3 Tablespoons of Salt
6 Cups Water
Porcelain Pot with Lid
Paper Towels
Bacon Fat OR Vegetable Oil

Directions:
1) Take a raw white egg and position WIDE rubber bands around the raw egg to create a pleasing pattern. Surgical tape may be also be used to create bands around the eggs. 2) Place eggs in prepared, strained onion skin dye. 3) Cook eggs as directed above (Old Fashioned Onion Skin Dyed Eggs) beginning with step #4. 4) When eggs are cooked and desired shade of dye is achieved, remove from dye and cool. 5) Remove rubber bands or tape from each egg to reveal a beautiful geometric pattern. 6) Dry eggs and rub eggs with bacon fat or vegetable oil.