Historically a Polish-American tradition, Dyngus Day celebrates the end of the often restrictive observance of lent. As the popular polka anthem explains, "Everybody's Polish On Dyngus Day!"
Pussywillows or Water?
This is a yearly debate among Dyngus Day revelers. The tradition holds true that on Easter Monday boys would sprinkle the girls with water and tap them with pussywillows. On Easter Tuesday, the women would return the favor. At modern Dyngus Day celebrations it is common practice that both men and women trade water and pussywillow equally.
On Monday, April 17, Donnelly's will become Warchalaski's Public House (Scott's mom's maiden name).To celebrate the day we'll be serving up a special menu:
Breaded and pan fried pork cutlet served with a light brown gravy, grilled roasted beets, and mashed potatoes. $13.99
A traditional polish hunter's stew using pork, Hapanowicz Bros. Authentic Polish Kielbasa (New York Mills, NY), and sauerkraut. Served over mashed potatoes with a wedge of rye bread. $12.99
Potato and cheese filled pierogies (from Rochester's own Pierogie Guy) sautéed with Vidalia onion and butter served with Hapanowicz Bros. Authentic Polish Kielbasa, parsnips, and carrots. $12.99
Half-pound Kobe beef hamburger topped with a fresh sauerkraut pierogie (from Rochester's own Pierogie Guy) and a dollop of a red wine infused sour cream on a toasted hard roll with lettuce and tomato. Served with sweet potato fries. $12.99