Archbishop Leonard P. Blair, principal celebrant of a Mass of Thanksgiving at the 35th annual Dozynki Festival in New Britain on Aug. 23, center, draws smiles as he offers a few comments before the Mass at Falcon Field.
Also near the altar are, from left, Father Ryan Lerner, secretary to the archbishop; and concelebrants Father Dariusz Gosciniak, pastor of Holy Cross Parish in New Britain; Msgr. Daniel J. Plocharczyk, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in New Britain; and Conventual Franciscan Father Stanislaw Dudek, parchial vicar at Sacred Heart.
Behind them is a large painting of Polish farm workers harvesting wheat in the field.
The annual harvest festival drew large crowds who gathered on Saturday and Sunday to celebrate Polish heritage, food, tradition and culture. (Photo by Eva Gryk)