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Polski and dumny!

Picnic celebrates Polish pride (and food)

Patti & The Guys entertained the crowd at Sunday's Polish Picnic. Shawn Kelley. (click for larger version)
September 14, 2009
SOUTHBRIDGE — For several hundred people of Slavic descent, Sunday was the day to come together and be "Polski & dumny" — "Polish and Proud," as numerous T-shirts at the annual Polish picnic proclaimed.

Many of them have names that are now anything but Polish after generations in the United States, but some, such as Ryszrd "Rich" Rebis, still speak with a notable accent because they're relative newcomers.

"I was always seeking to live better, a quality life. That's why people left Poland," said Rebis, vice president of the Pilsudski Polish American Veterans Club, which hosts the event. He said he came here 27 years ago from the city of Szczecin to visit his sister, met the woman who became his wife, and stayed.

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