For Immediate Release
Contact: Adam Siemiginowski, 518-526-4122
DYNGUS DAY IN TROY AT MUZA ON APRIL 17 (EASTER MONDAY, BIG POLISH PARTY)
Live Polka, Unlimited Kielbasa in Polish Beer Garden. Enjoyski Troyski.
TROY, N.Y. (03/28/17) -- A Polish beer garden and restaurant in Troy is boasting it has the best Dyngus Day around. The Hill at Muza and Muza will be celebrating the Polish-American holiday all day long this Easter Monday, April 17, with live Polka music, unlimited kielbasa and Polish beer.
"Dyngus Day is like Saint Patrick's Day but with a lot of crazy Polish stuff," said Adam Siemiginowski of The Hill at Muza. "It's a big party with friends and family the Monday after Easter, when Lent is finally over and you can just let loose."
The celebration at The Hill at Muza Beer Garden, and Muza Restaurant, begins at noon with live music in the indoor/outdoor beer garden by Eddie Forman Orchestra from Hadley, Mass., playing from noon until 4 p.m., and DJ Podeswa "spinning" Polka hits from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
There will be a $3 admission fee from noon to 3:30 p.m. while The Eddie Forman Orchestra performs live.
An a la carte menu will feature handmade pierogi, kielbasa rolls, stuffed cabbage, euro burgers and more at multiple food stations in Muza and The Hill at Muza.
Beer will include Zywiec lager on draft and a selection of Eastern European and American beers in bottles and cans. Beer will be served at the bar, in the restaurant, by servers in the beer garden, and on the street as part of the official block party. House red and white wine from The Hill's new Spring wine menu will be served.
In addition to food, music, polka dancing and drink, the festivities include a few quirky romantic traditions, such as sprinkling water on a love interest or lightly tapping your crush with a pussy willow branch. (Note: This combination of funny sounding words and customs infamously sent media personality Anderson Cooper into an uncontrollable giggle fit on live television in 2012.)
EVERYONE IS POLISH ON DYNGUS DAY
"There is a saying that 'Everyone is Polish on Dyngus Day,'" Siemiginowski said.
A first generation Polish-American, Siemiginowski opened The Hill at Muza beer garden in late 2015, adjacent to its parent restaurant Muza. Siemiginowski's parents Jan and Alicja Siemiginowski immigrated together from their native Poland to the United States nearly 40 years ago. For the past 10 years, the husband and wife team have owned and operated Muza, a Polish restaurant, with their daughter Agata.
Dyngus Day revelers will be able to move freely between Muza and The Hill at Muza, with Muza restaurant transformed into a beer hall with the same live music as the beer garden.
TROY TAKES ON BUFFALO DYNGUS
(Collar City is the Nation's Fastest Growing Dyngus)
In Poland and the Ukraine, the holiday is known as Smigus-Dyngus. Elsewhere, the name is Dyngus Day.
Though Buffalo, N.Y. is widely recognized as hosting the largest Dyngus Day celebration, Siemiginowski said his home city of Troy, N.Y. has enough spirit to hold its own in pound-for-pound partying.
Last year, Siemiginowski made headlines in Buffalo for starting a healthy Dyngus Day rivalry between the two cities at either end of the Erie Canal. (See: "Troy issues challenge to Buffalo's Dyngus Day dominion," By Ben Tsujimoto, Buffalo News, Wed, Mar. 23, 2016. http://buffalonews.com/2016/03/23/troy-to-challenge-buffalos-dyngus-day-dominion/ ) This year he plans to continue the traditional rivalry, with special t-shirts and track jackets, by a neighborhood screenprinter, Screen-It, commemorating Troy, N.Y. as "the nation's fastest growing Dyngus." On the back of the t-shirt there is an oval "enjoyski troyski." symbol and a good-natured, David-vs-Goliath jab reading "take that Buffalo." ("Enjoy Troy" is a popular expression of civic pride in Troy, N.Y.)
"Everybody knows Buffalo is the Dyngus Day Capital of the World, but Troy, NY is the fastest growing Dyngus," Siemiginowski said. "Around here, we say 'Enjoyski Troyski'."
About 500 revelers attended last year's Dyngus Day festivities at The Hill at Muza. Siemiginowski hopes to top those numbers this year, with additional parking, and a block party street closure adding more room for wholesome celebration.
"ENJOYSKI TROYSKI." (RESPONSIBLY)
To commemorate Dyngus Day 2017, The Hill at Muza partnered with The Enjoy Troy Co. to create special T-shirts featuring a customized "enjoyski troyski." logo based on that company's famous proprietary "enjoy troy." oval symbol. Shirts are available for $15 at The Hill at Muza.
Note: The Hill at Muza encourages its patrons to enjoy Dyngus Day responsibly. The restaurant is working with several area taxi companies to offer reliable transportation home to any reveler in need of a safe, sober ride home.
WEAR RED ON DYNGUS DAY
Just as everyone is encouraged to wear green on St. Paddy's Day, the color to wear on Dyngus Day is red, or red and white. The Hill at Muza will be selling special red track jackets embroidered with the"enjoyski troyski." symbol. The jackets will be available for pre-order through The Hill at Muza Facebook page and website.
ABOUT THE HILL AT MUZA
The Hill at Muza is a modern European bar, beer garden and event venue nestled behind its popular parent restaurant, Muza, in Troy's Mount Ida neighborhood, just up "The Hill" from downtown.
Patrons enter The Hill at Muza through a pair of black gates located at 379 Congress St. A narrow walkway between two buildings leads to a surprisingly charming open-air beer garden with intimate nooks of stonework and woodwork, as well as fanciful lighting by Troy-based Lightexture. The outdoor space is heated by a collection of commercial grade flame-torch patio heaters, creating a wonderful glow. Parking is available all along Congress Street, on both sides, as well as on 15th St and multiple lots off of Congress Street - mapped out on their website at thehillatmuza.com/directions-parking
The beer list features brews from Central and Eastern Europe, as well as USA. The house draft is Zywiec, a Polish lager brewed with mountain water that comes in liter and half-liter pours. ("What is a 'liter' without followers?" asks Adam Siemiginowski of The Hill at Muza.)
The Hill at Muza is open every Tuesday through Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. -- rain, shine or snow -- all year.
Street parking is available on both Congress and 15th Streets. There is a bike rack at their 15th Street entrance.
For high resolution publicity photos and HD video from last year's Dyngus Day and an "enjoyski troyski." symbol, visit the following link:
**** PRONUNCIATION KEY ****
The following are pronunciation tips for the words and names in this press release.
Muza = moo-zuh
Dyngus = ding-gus
Zywiec = ziv-yets
Siemiginowski = shim-ig-in-ow-ski
For information, contact:
The Hill at Muza