Good news for lovers of delicious homemade pierogis, kielbasa and polka dancing: St. Hedwig’s annual Polish Festival, a 62-year old Wilmington institution, is back.
For years, the popular summer event drew thousands from around the region, most recently hosting their fun at the Wilmington Riverfront since 2006. Unfortunately, due to construction at the Riverfront, the parish was forced to cancel this year’s fair.
Yet right on cue, the Wilmington & Western Railroad came chugging to the rescue, breathing new life into this year’s event by offering to partner with St. Hedwig’s Church to bring a fresh version – dubbed “Red Clay Valley Sommerfest” – of the event to Wilmington’s Prices Corner neighborhood.
The Wilmington & Western’s Greenbank Station complex will be the site of a three-day festival filled with authentic Polish food, fun, music and short train rides (train schedule here). Sommerfest takes place between 11 am and 9 pm starting this Thursday, July 18th and runs daily – rain or shine – through Saturday, July 20th at Greenbank Station.
Enter 1815 Newport Gap Pike, Wilmington into your GPS. Complimentary shuttle buses will be available to and from the Prices Corner Shopping Center parking lot next to Savannah’s Hot Dogs and BBQ.
Of course, everyone can enjoy a delicious variety of Polish fare prepared by Appleton Catering, including classic dishes such as golabki, pierogi and kielbasa, Polish and American beer, and world-class Polka music from 5 to 9 pm each night. Sand art, face painting and other activities will be available for younger children. There will be no carnival rides at this year’s event.
All proceeds from the event will benefit St. Hedwig’s Church and the Wilmington & Western. Free parking will be available in any of three lots.