Monday, June 25, 2007

Polish Festival

On my walk home from school I pass a Polish Orthodox Catholic church. Last week there was a homemade sign out front advertising a Polish Festival with cultural entertainment, food, and merchandise. So this Saturday, I convinced Kyle that we should head on over to the Polish festival for some sweet post-workout perogy action.


I have to say that the sign was a bit misleading and the event was fairly low key. So much so that it was a bit awkward. In the parking lot that served as a venue, there was one table of used books and another displaying ceramic figurines for sale. The entertainment was one guy with an accordion (in defense of the Polish festival, I think there were dancers earlier in the day). Regardless, the food was good and the people were very friendly, so I was content. As I sat eating my delicious perogies and trying to look Polish, I wondered if everyone else at the festival could tell that Kyle and I weren't part of the Polish Posse.

Hands down, the highlight of the Festival was seeing the nuns who live down the street. They were just hanging out in their habits, doing whatever it is that Polish nuns do at festivals. I got super pumped when I saw them and told Kyle for the millionth time about how much I love these old-style nuns who live in our neighbourhood. Whenever I see them, it makes my day.
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I especially love it when they mow their lawn in full habit. That reminds me that I haven't happened to see them mowing the lawn yet this year. Maybe I should go on an undercover midnight fertilizing operation to increase my chances...
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The image above is from a calendar called "Nuns Having Fun". How great is that? The only calendar I can imagine appreciating more would be Nuns Doing Yard Work.

6 comments:

Paige said...

Your awkwardness at the Polish festival reminds me of how awkward I felt when we went to the open house at the Aboriginal Centre. People were friendly, but I still felt a wee bit too pale...

Perpetualstudent said...

Is the accordian even a Polish instrument?? Seems like they should be playing spoons or something like that.

arbyn said...

hey Jamie, why don't you take photos of nuns doing yard work and make a calendar on photoshop?

It would be BRILLIANT

I would buy a few, serious.

Jamie said...

You know Robyn, that's a great idea. I'd consider it but I'm afraid to approach the nuns and request a picture. I'll have to keep my eye on the state of their lawn and decide if I'm willing to ask...

Geegee said...

I would also purchase a copy....maybe you could dress up like a Polish Nun and mow your lawn and then Kyle could take some pictures of you. That way, you would save the embarrassment (is there two r's and two s's in that?) of asking them if you could take their picture. It would also be great family bonding for you and Kyle.

arbyn said...

I don't know why you'd have to ask... just take the shots from random bushes and make sure none of them can be identified. It's a fool-proof plan!

OH!

Yeah!

Why don't WE dress up like nuns and do yardwork and make a calendar? That would make a great summer project.

 
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