Pulaski celebrating Casimir Pulaski Days

Pie auction and more highlight weeklong party

Pulaski isn’t just the home of the Pulaski Polka Days Celebration. For the fifth year in a row, a passionate group of individuals, along with Promote Pulaski Inc., have helped plan the weeklong celebration Casimir Pulaski Days. This year, the event will take place March 4-11 and is expected to bring thousands of visitors and locals to the small community.

A kick­off is planned for March 4 after 10:30 a.m. Mass at Assumption BVM Catholic Church. A ministry group is coordinating a potluck lunch after Mass, and all are welcome to attend. In addition to the potluck, there will be a birthday cake to commemorate Casimir Pulaski’s birthday.

A few local musicians will provide entertainment. Local artist Maria Deau will feature her works of art in a beautiful Polish display.

In addition, church tours will be given. Assumption BVM is one of the largest known rural churches in America, featuring two Spanish­-style towers 135 feet tall, including 50-­foot ceilings that showcase more than 40 Italian­-made stained-glass windows.

The church will also host a polka Mass on March 11 with music provided by a local family of musicians, the Maroszek Brothers.

Businesses will be engaged in weeks prior to help promote the event with the “Where’s Casimir Pulaski” promotion. Life­size cut­outs of Casimir Pulaski will be strategically placed throughout the village in different businesses. Individuals can take their photo with Casimir, share on social media using #casimirpulaski and #wherescasimir hashtags. They may also register to win tickets to the dances, and other prizes, in a live Facebook presentation that will be held at each participating business.

Throughout a two-week window, more than 300 Pulaski students will learn about Casimir Pulaski, a Revolutionary War hero, in a presentation by historians Rock and Pam Mannigel at the Pulaski Historical Museum. The museum will also be open additional hours for Casimir Pulaski Days. Visit www.pulaskiwihistory.com for more information on these special hours.

March 8 is Spirit Day in Pulaski, and all residents, organizations, businesses and schools are encouraged to wear red in honor of Casimir Pulaski. Caitlin Harrison, the Pulaski School District food service director, has added pierogis to the entire school district lunch menu.

Musicians are encouraged to join the live jam session at Wicka’s Bar from 2­-6 p.m. March 9. Following the jam session, The Natural Talent, a young group of local musicians, are scheduled to provide entertainment at Cocktails Bar in Pulaski from 7-­11 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, under 18 free.

The Pulaski Area Historical Society will host a pie auction on March 10 at Zielinski’s Historic Ballroom, dubbed “The Largest Pie Auction in U.S. History.” The auction is scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. Anyone interested in donating a pie for the event can call 920-­655-­4587 or email promotepulaski@gmail.com.

Following the pie auction, the Northeast Wisconsin Concertinas and Button Box organization will perform from 7-11 p.m., along with the Polka Dynamics from Pulaski. To kick­off the evening, two young award-winning dancers from Pulaski, Helania Raymakers, 4, and Zander Raymakers, 6, will perform “the first dance around the floor” to the sounds of Tri­City Drive, a Polish-style band from Chicago. Admission is $10 for adults, and under 18 is free.

For information, call 920­-822­-4450 or go to www.casimirpulaskidays.com.