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Polish Christmas Caroling Parade in Fells Point

UPDATE:

Join us at Max's Taphouse at 6:00 pm if you want to meet inside for a drink where it's warm with lights prior to walking to the parade. Max's address is 737 S. Broadway, just two blocks from the Polish Home Club.

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Share some Christmas Cheer in Fells Point with Second Half Rally and a colorful parade of happy carolers following a traditional Polish band while everyone sings along. They walk around the historic streets, wave at the friendly local residents, and end up at the Polish Home Club for more revelry.  

Thanks to Jean for suggesting this special Christmas event.  Be sure to bring a beverage to keep you warm! Everybody else will be in fine spirits too...

I hope to see you there!

From the online blog: 

http://www.christmasinmaryland.com/feature-polish.htm

December 23 -- 7pm marks the Polish Home Club’s (512 S Broadway, Fells Point) annual Christmas Caroling extravaganza in Fells Point. I have gone for the past 3 years and it is a blast. About 800 people joined the parade last year. Carolers essentially do a lap around Fells Point proper, led by a full blown Polka band while singing traditional carols in English and Polish, with phonetic pronunciation available for the 99.99% of us that no longer know any other languages other than high school Spanish – thanks public school! 

Most of the streets around the route are blocked off momentarily by police for the throngs to pass through, so carolers can revel in the knowledge that they’re probably pissing off some Harbor East resident who’s attempting to get home by way of Canton, so that’s pretty satisfying. Also in the satisfying department, a lot of Fells Point is shockingly still inhabited by people who legitimately decorate their houses and apartments; legitimate citizens of Baltimore who’ve been here long enough to remember when the Polish Home Club probably had over a handful of members, they sit by their windows and populate their stoops, actually waving to people as they stroll by singing off-key, occasionally even handing out a cookie or three. It’s down right heart warming. The sing-walkathon ends with an after party at the Home Club itself, featuring even more Polka and cheap as hell booze. 

Speaking of booze, the aforementioned “Not all boring” aspect of this whole caroling experience: Lots of booze. Lots of Medovukha/Krupnikas, lots of Vodka, lots and lots of hot, boozy cider to warm your throat and loosen your vocal cords enough to let yourself hear yourself sing poorly. Even if someone hands you a cup of hot cocoa and swears it contains no alcohol, *do not bring it near an open flame*. So at the very least, a fun boozy time with friends and Polka in the middle of the street should be enough to get you there.


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  • A former member
    A former member

    I so wish I was there with you singing carols and dancing Polka and having a drink with you all to celebrate Xmas in Polish/Americas style but I will be in Boston on that day. Have lots of fun and dance the night away (Polish tradition:)

    2 · October 12, 2013

    • Gloria

      MagD, Jake's bringing your "cherry vodka" to Polish caroling tonight!

      December 23, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I missed my Cherry Vodka this Xmas. We had no time to go to Polish shop so happy that you enjoyed it. Merry Xmas and Happy New Year to everyone xxx

      December 26, 2013

  • Whitney G.

    This was great! Thanks, Jake. Never pass up an opportunity to sing and dance in the streets-- I really enjoyed meeting everyone. Merry Christmas to all!

    December 25, 2013

  • Deletta

    With the tour of churches, the singing, the dancing, the camaraderie, food and drink......it was truly a heavenly celebration of life!!! Doesn't get much better. Thanks to Jake and to everyone.

    December 24, 2013

  • Paul S.

    Thanks to all for a great time!!! We had a blast. Fells Point in a whole new light. Oh so Polish and oh so Baltimore!!!! Wesolych Swiat!!!

    1 · December 24, 2013

  • Jean

    What a fun night! Who knew that so many SHR members could sing in Polish! Ahhh - and polka. The authentic Polish wine that Jake shared prior to the parade helped I'm sure. I'm so glad that those who were able to make it had a great time. We were lucky to get the table thanks to Jane. Yet another well planned event. Let's mark our calendars for next December 23 - same time, same place. Thanks Jake!

    1 · December 24, 2013

  • Gloria

    Awesome! A great large crowd parading the streets of Baltimore with a mandatory stop at the "sorta Catholic Church" for pierogies and cookies... and then Polka with Jake at the Polish Home Club! Baltimore at it's FINEST. Thanks Jean for letting us know... Thanks Jane for getting us a table... and THANKS JAKE for organizing and making it happen. I loved it!

    December 24, 2013

  • Tammy L.

    Rain, Rain go away! Argh..won't be making it out tonight Jake...I do hope to see you sometime when it isn't raining - Merry Christmas!

    December 23, 2013

    • Tammy L.

      You're 100% right and I wish I had - just don't wanna get more run down and sick...BTW Merry Christmas GP

      December 23, 2013

    • Gregory S Pokrywka M.

      twas AMAZING ! you should come next year :)

      December 23, 2013

  • Jake

    It was a beautiful night with good weather and a fun crowd in Fells Point. We started at Max's with a beer or two, and then gathered with the crowd in front of the Polish Home Club. It's a cool venue in the old style of ethnic clubs. Our group marched and sang with the parade crowd for an hour or so around the neighborhood, and then we joined the festivities at the Polish Club for polka dancing and partying. Just a great way to get into the spirit of Christmas with other people who shared the joy. Thanks to Jean for telling us about it, and thanks to all who attended to be part of a great event.

    1 · December 23, 2013

  • Dottie S.

    Lots of sniffling going on this morning! I think I need to rest up and hope for the best and catch up at the Wilson Bridge tomorrow, have a blast!

    December 23, 2013

    • Tammy L.

      I'm feelin' ya Dottie. I'm okay, but feel I'm on the edge

      December 23, 2013

    • Tammy L.

      Feel better - chicken soup

      December 23, 2013

  • Tammy L.

    Looks like it was soooo much fun! I wanna go next year!

    December 23, 2013

  • Peggy

    No carpool so I am dropping out too! Take pictures.

    December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Traffic is crazy in Cockeysville and it's still raining so I am going to pass for this evening. Hope everyone who goes has a fun time and Happy Holidays to all!

    December 23, 2013

  • Peggy

    Carpool anyone? from Annapolis/Crofton?Millersville area

    December 22, 2013

    • Peggy

      Paul, tried to email- you still interested in carpool?

      December 23, 2013

    • Peggy

      Dottie isn't going : (

      December 23, 2013

  • Jean

    No rain in Baltimore (at the moment). Or at least it is slowing way down. Let's hope the weather forecast is correct. Hope to see many of you in a few hours at Max's! There's always polka dancing, sauerkraut, and beer after the caroling ends.

    December 23, 2013

  • Paul S.

    Rain is purely optional. There is a $5 service charge.

    December 23, 2013

  • Al L.

    The forecast for Fells Point at 7 PM is 10% chance of rain.

    December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry but Santa is running behind schedule and won't be able to attend. :(

    December 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, not going to be able to make it tonight. Have a blast and a very Merry Christmas all. Hope to see you soon!

    December 23, 2013

  • Jean

    The caroling ends back at the Polish Home. There is an after-caroling party for anyone interested. It may get pretty crowded but it is fun - featuring Polka dancing, food, cheap beer etc. One of our SHR members, Jane, may not be able to do the walk but she will most likely go to the Polish Home and grab a table for any SHR members who want to end up there.

    1 · December 18, 2013

    • Gloria

      Jean & Jane, I am in for the after party. I took Polka and Ballroom dancing classes at the PHC in the mid 90's when I lived near there and have not been back inside since. Good times!!!

      December 18, 2013

  • Jean

    Last year I parked on Eastern Ave. and walked over. There are a few parking decks nearby (Little Italy, Caroline Street, Thames). I'll see if I can think of other ideas.

    December 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks!

      December 9, 2013

    • Paul S.

      There are also a number of lots at Harbor East. The (free) Circulator bus (Green Line) can then take you to Fells Point, practically to the front door. It's a short ride. Go here: http://www.charmcityc...­

      December 18, 2013

  • Jake

    Join us at Max's Taphouse at 6:00 pm if you want to meet inside for a drink where it's warm with lights prior to walking to the parade. Max's address is 737 S. Broadway, just two blocks from the Polish Home Club.

    1 · December 17, 2013

  • Peggy Lee D.

    I can't walk fast or far but I'm will do my best! Sounds wonderful! :-)

    October 10, 2013

    • Jean

      It's a pretty slow moving event. I'm sure you won't lag behind.

      December 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any suggestions on where to park? Thanks!

    December 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am going to be at this already so would like to meet up with you all!

    December 1, 2013

  • Tammy L.

    Sounds like a hoot! If I'm in town I'll come out and bring a +1 date

    October 13, 2013

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