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Polkas for Preservation: Those Idiots to Raise the Roof in Kaisertown | Community Spirit

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Polkas for Preservation: Those Idiots to Raise the Roof in Kaisertown
Polkas for Preservation: Those Idiots to Raise the Roof in Kaisertown

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Those Idiots, the unique polka rock band who regularly draws thousands during Buffalo’s annual Dyngus Day celebration, will headline a rare December performance in support of the restoration of St. Casimir’s Church in Buffalo’s Kaisertown neighborhood. The concert is part of St. Casimir’s Church Preservation and Restoration Committee’s “St. Andrew’s Day Party” on Saturday, December 1, 2012. Doors open at 4pm with Those Idiots taking the stage at 8pm. at the St. Casimir’s Auditorium located at 1833 Clinton Street. Admission is $5 before 7p, $10 after 7p. 

Celebrated with great zest in Europe, St. Andrews Day is a major holiday in Poland where it is called "Andrzejki" (pronounced "On-dray-ki"). St. Andrew is the Saint of Mystics. Traditions on the day feature the playing of "fortune telling" games where girls many find out who might be their future husbands. St. Andrews Day is also the final day of party's leading up to "advent" season in the Catholic Church.


In addition to the “polka rock” show performed by Those Idiots, the St. Andrew’s Day party will include music by “D.J. Red & White,” authentic Polish food like pierogi, kapusta, kielbasa and a Buffalo invention known as “Polish Pizza.” Tyskie Polish Beer will be served. 


All proceeds of the event benefit the preservation and restoration of one of the most unique ecclesiastical structures in Western New York. Funds are needed for roof work, specialty tile replacement, masonry repointing and the repair of the steel framed art-glass windows. The building is an example of a Neo-Byzantine cathedral style and was completed in 1924. In 1976, then archbishop of Krakow, Poland Karol Józef Wojtyła, later Pope John Paul II celebrated mass in the church.  The neighborhood in which the church is located, “Kaisertown,” received its name not because of any connection to the German population, but because of the neighborhood’s connection to the Parish. In Polish, Casimir is spelled and pronunciation “Kazimierz.” 


Since 2011, St. Casimir’s Church has operated as an oratory in partnership with nearby Our Lady of Czestochowa and St. Bernard’s Parishes.


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