All hail this day of gluttony, otherwise known as Paczki Day here in the Motor City.
The Polish tradition of Fat Tuesday, carried over to this side of the pond by Poles who settled on the east side and in Hamtramck, stems from families who rushed to rid their homes of baked goods ahead of Lenten season. Most people refer to them as jelly doughnuts but they are so much more. (And please, please don’t forget that paczek is the singular and paczki is plural.)
“I’m old enough to remember going Down South to visit my grandparents and there being, you know, ‘white only’ water fountains and ‘white only’ bathrooms,” Mandisa Smith, co-founder of Detroit Fiber Works, tells The Neighborhoods. “Seeing what happened in Charlottesville recently and all the deaths of people at the hands of law enforcement, it’s important that we think about it and that we take action and I think this particular workshop is a way to get people to think.”
At The Neighborhoods, we’re interested in hearing from everybody in Detroit about what matters most to you.
Do you have a story to tell about what your community group is doing in the neighborhood? Tell us.
Do you have a story to tell about a home that needs to come down in your neighborhood? Tell us.