Polish Culture An Important Influence On Utica’s History
Having spent several of my “wonder years ” growing up in West Utica I was well aware of its Polish influences. I played Little League baseball in the PLAV (Polish Legion of American Veterans), lived two doors down from the Pulaski Meat Market , grocery shopped at Tolpa’s Dairy and had a paper route rife with customers of Polish extraction. Polish food and culture were apparent everywhere. With Culture Fest-A Festival of Nations-right around the corner let’s take a look at the area’s Polish influences.
Still today Polish culture is a significant part of Utica and the surrounding area’s ethnic fabric. Here are some examples.
–Utica’s North-South Arterial is officially “The Casimir Pulaski Highway“.
–Polka bands, such as Tony’s Polka Band are a regular feature at summer concert venues in village parks
–The Polish Community Club in Utica is still active with numerous events and observations.