Left to Right: Gramps, Aunt Holly, Mom & Grandma, 1993 You can tell a lot about a person by the house they're sorted into at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. I grew up in the 1990s and, unsurprisingly, some of the first books that I fell in love with were the Harry Potter series [...]
Tag: Joyce Bielecki
Janice & Joyce
Grandpa’s a Ghost!
Casimir & Mary (Witkowski) Marczynski Halloween is my favorite time of the year; growing up, my sister and I would dress as princesses or superheroes--we even had a brief vampire phase in elementary school--and brave the cool weather to go trick-or-treating with our dad. We'd make the long trek around the neighborhood, argue over who [...]
Wuerstle's Tavern is often at the center of my grandfather's story. Gramps was having a drink at the bar when John F. Kennedy was elected President in 1960; when President Kennedy was assassinated in 1963; when Martin Luther King, Jr., was shot and killed in 1968; and when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon in [...]
Family Businesses: Cakes, Candy &…Moonshine?
Casimir Marczynski owned a penny-candy store in Dunkirk, New York; the Kuznicki family operated a copper still in their basement; and Joyce Bielecki had a knack for decorating wedding cakes. Here's an overview of the family businesses: The Cakery "Cakes by Joyce" started in 1965: as the story goes, Joyce Bielecki designed and decorated her [...]
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