Cyndi Back, auxillary president, left, and Carolyn Shipla dish up carry out orders of Polish sausage, sauerkraut, new potatoes, grilled onions and sour cream Monday at The American Legion Post 260 in Portage as they celebrate Dyngus Day with a lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fund…
Cyndi Back, auxillary president of The American Legion Post 260, serves Diane and Bob Samansky, of Portage, on Monday during Dyngus Day lunch and dinner at the post's hall. In the foreground are Jim and Pat Brown, of Valparaiso. The post served up Polish sausage, sauerkraut, new potatoes, gr…
Take Five members, from left, David Little, Ted Tomczak and Nancy Dziadus play polka music Monday at the Dyngus Day celebration at All Saints Church.
Dorothy Polus, of Calumet City, enjoys being sung to by Tony Paliga, of the band Take Five, during the Dyngus Day celebration Monday at All Saints Church in Hammond. Dyngus Day, a Polish-American event, celebrates the end of the Lenten season.
LAPORTE | Dyngus Day in LaPorte — judging by the jam-packed crowds and dancing in some of the bars Monday night — appears to be just as popular as it was when it began 25 years ago.
Leona Panek, left, and husband Stanley Panek attend the Dyngus Day celebration Monday at All Saints Church in Hammond.
Take Five drummer Brian Tomczak sets up to play Monday at the Dyngus Day celebration at All Saints Church in Hammond. Dyngus Day is a post-Lenten time of merrymaking that began in Poland.
The band Take Five sets up to play Monday at the Dyngus Day celebration at All Saints Church in Hammond.
Traditional hardboiled eggs dyed with onion peels are seen Monday at the Dyngus Day celebration at All Saints Church in Hammond.
PORTAGE | Keith Ely Elliott and his wife, Susan, are on a mission to bring a Polish tradition to Portage.
LaPORTE | Dyngus Day is becoming more of a regional attraction, and, for bar owners, what's supposed to be a religious celebration after fasting during Lent is the most profitable time of the year.
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