The reward at the end of the frigid wait: a box of paczki
(pronounced "PAWN-chkee"), the doughy Polish pastries filled with custard or fruit or, for the less tradition-bound, Cocoa Puffs cereal.
The first 25 attendees will get one free paczki
from Morkes Chocolates.
Due it the state's rich Polish presence, Michiganders have been celebrating Paczki
Day for years.
She told them of a polish tradition of making and eating Paczki
, jelly donuts filled with sweet and savory fillings.
As the savory sweet rolls, gingerbread, paczki
arrived in your mother's nose, in her mind, almost on her tongue--out on the street, four blocks away--a single continuous tone entered your grandmother's ears.
Among other specialty items and ingredients generating greater interest were sprouted grains, quinoa and amaranth; local and regional offerings; and ethnic products like tres leches, dulce de leche and doughnut-like paczki
Featured Polish baked goods include Easter babka, paczki
(filled doughnuts), butter lambs (traditional butter sculpture) and homemade kielbasa.
There was something called paczki
ziemniaczane z kapusta ( potato doughnuts stuffed with cabbage).
I always looked forward to the "Fat Thursday" (the last Thursday before Ash Wednesday during Easter) so that I can eat Paczki
 excessively without feeling guilty about the excessive sugar load.
Maybe if I were born some other time I could watch the barn, washed by the rain, turn amber before sunset, I could wear fancy dresses, push happy strollers, bake paczki
, have one good life.
Lengthy queues grew in front of pastry shops in Warsaw on "Fat Thursday" as Poles bought-up lip-smacking, plump traditional Polish "paczki
" ahead of the Christian period of Lent or fasting, ahead of the Easter holiday.