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Dean Woodbeck (Dwoodbeck) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 08:03 am:

This scene from eight years ago is Gitchee Gumee church camp in Eagle River. The event was the wedding of Steve Jones.

Today, Fat Tuesday, I paid an early visit to Sheldon's Bakery in Houghton. They had carts full of boxes of Packzis, a delicious way to start the day -- once a year. Otherwise, you'll start next Fat Tuesday with many extra pounds...

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 08:04 am:

First PostGood morning!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 08:04 am:

Good Morning!

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 08:07 am:


By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 08:47 am:

Good Morning, I forgot it was Fat Tuesday! I need to get a Paczki for my little dude.

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 08:48 am:

Way to go Judy and a big Happy Birthday to you!!!! Nice way to start your day, eh?

By Alicia Marshall (Aliciak) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 08:52 am:

Another news item from the past

Decatur Herald (Decatur, Illinois) 1929 November 15
Chinese bandits kidnapped Rev. Ulrich Kreutzen of Calumet Mich, stationed at Wuchang , Hupeh province China and held him for ransom of $10, 000 Mexican , which his mission was asked to pay.

Ironwood Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan) 1929 > December 3
Bandits Free Calumet Man
Hankow China Dec. 3
The Rev. Ulrich Kreutzen of Calumet, Mich. a Franciscan missonary who was kidnapped by bandits early last month, has been released and is safe.
Details of his release are not available at present
Father Kreutzen was held for ransom being threatened with torture and death unless sums ranging from $5,000 to $10,000 were paid. Missionaries negotiated for his release and on Nov 27 a letter was received from him stating that his health was good but that his captors were threatening to kill him.

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 08:59 am:

Thanks Joanie.

By Danbury (Danbury) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 09:09 am:

Packzi: thanks for the link, Dean. Interesting to find out they're actually the same as Pfannkuchen (pancakes), which is how these things are called in Berlin. The rest of the Republic most ignorantly calls them Berliner. Traditionally, in Berlin powdered sugar or icing signalled the content: prune or strawberry jam.
Also, Fat Tuesday originally was Fat Thursday. Any idea anyone as to why this was changed in the US?

By maija in Commerce Township (Maija) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 09:10 am:

Interesting, Alicia.

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 09:12 am:

For all those that are tired of winter(not me) today is Northern Hemisphere Hoodie-Hoo-Day. At high noon (local time) citizens are asked to go outdoors and yell "Hoodie-Hoo" to chase winter and make ready for spring, one month from now.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 09:19 am:

Danbury--Fat Tuesday is the last celebration & last day to eat fancy foods, have big parties, etc, before Lent, which begins tomorrow, on Ash Wednesday. I always thought it was related to Mardi Gras; they call it Fat Tuesday in New Orleans, too, as well as in mid-Michigan.

I was unaware of a Fat Thursday, and I have no clue as to its origins.

By the way, I'm pretty sure that it's Fat Tuesday & the end of Mardi Gras down in Brazil, among other places, too.

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 09:44 am:

Did you all hear that North Dakota claims to have smashed Mich Tech's Snow Angel world record? Their spokeswoman that I heard on TV was pretty sassy about it, saying that Mich Tech had had a hard enough time getting their less than 4000 people there, & they certainly would not have a prayer of beating the North Dakota record. But, if by chance Tech beats it, she said that North Dakota will just come right back & smash the new record.

It's ironic that this woman neglected to mention that North Dakota had to bring out their whole population, almost down to the dogs, cats, & chickens to do it. They even had a 93-year old woman out, making the first snow angel that she had ever made in her life!

I was really put off by this spokesperson's very cocky attitude, etc!

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 09:53 am:

Fat Thursday originated in Germany and Poland and is a day of gluttony, my favorite word, just like the French celebrating Fat Tuesday.
Almost forgot it was Fat Tuesday, I better start my day of gluttony!
My Polish Grandma called the sweets Punchki. They were made by dropping raisin bread-like dough in hot fat. They were then cooled and coated in powdered sugar, yummy, yummy!!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 10:02 am:

Gluttony is a good word for it, Joanie, whether it is the German/Polish version or the Fat Tuesday version. Do you have an idea why the German/Polish version was Fat Thursday? At least Fat Tuesday has some foundation, with its being the day before Ash Wednesday & Lent.

Mardi Gras is a big deal, especially in the south. It is the last gluttony before Lent, and they do go all out, with huge parades, & all kinds of other celebrations.

I am a quarter German, & my German relatives never mentioned Fat Thursday, at least around me, so somehow I missed out on something!

Around here, in mid-Michigan, they call them Punchkis, like Joanie's Polish Grandma did. There is a large population of German & Polish people in this area.

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 10:02 am:

Marianne, Check the link I posted about it Sunday morning on the "what's up" page. I had seen it on the news that morning.

By Fran in GA (Francesinga) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 10:12 am:

Is Tech going to attempt to beat the North Dakota record? Surely they can do it!

Joanie,those Punchki sound so good. A cup of coffee would be so good with them:) Makes my mouth water. Fran

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 10:15 am:

Aah--thanks, Thumbgardner. I guess I missed your link on Sunday.

I was not happy with that woman that I heard on TV last night with her very cocky attitude. It was almost like they were meant to be "fightin' words". Maybe it's because my son goes to Mich Tech...

Somehow, I'm not sure that Copper Country & Mich Tech could break this apparent new record (it is as yet not verified by Guinness), though. At least we did not bring out the very elderly in our record. I'm surprised that North Dakota did not include unborn children, chickens, & livestock, dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, squirrels, bunnies, & whatever else they could get their hands on. Maybe that's part of what Guinness has to verify?

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 10:23 am:

PS I wonder what Guinness goes by in verifying the count? Do they go by a sign-in list, or what?

I put one of our magazine subscriptions in one of my dog's names, as I am trying to figure out where all of this garbage snail mail comes from. And I put various others with my first name & other middle initials, usually related to the magazines, like G for Gourmet, etc. (Our high school kids are required to sell magazine subscriptions, so guess who got stuck making sure that my youngest filled his minimum requirement?) Hum, Sunny. I guess I could sign her up for a snow angel, since she gets her own magazine (Dog World). :-) It was pretty funny last week when one of my sons asked what was in the mail, & my husband was suprised to discover that Sunny, my dog, got the only piece of mail for our household that day.

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 10:46 am:

Good Morning what's left of it.

You don't have to be Polish to polish off a Punchki.

By Michael Du Long (Mikie) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 10:49 am:

Packzis is pronounced "Poonchki" or as Joanie spelled it punchi is was when the Polish ladies would take the extra sugar and flour along with the fat that they wouldn't be using during Lent and make these delishous filled jelly rolls. Precious is one hundred percent Polish and got it directley from Aunt Jane, who knows all. That is my story and I am sticking to it. This is also the day that the young girls are whipped with branches to teach them humility during Lent.

By Cindy Pihlaja Russell (Gone2long) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 11:25 am:

Thank goodness my Finnish family did not know about that tradition of whipping young girls with branches to teach humility. I wonder who came up with THAT idea??? Who knew that being whipped with branches could teach humility?? Go figure.

By Brooke (Lovethekeweenaw) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 11:36 am:

Finns would only whip people with Branches if there was a Sauna Involved, and no self respecting Finn would hold out on a Sauna until lent as long as they had access to one.

By Happy to be in the U.P. (Lahelo) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 01:01 pm:

Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) I am Polish American 100 per cent both sides of family! My Dad's Mother and Father came over from Poland and my Mothers family came over from Poland also!! I agree with you ..........the bakeries nowadays dont' do like grandmothers use to that is for sure!!
Packzis are the best!

By Marianne Y (Marianne) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 02:14 pm:

Happy Fat Tuesday, everyone! I think I neglected to mention that, amidst the various discussions!

Maybe we can all claim to be Polish today, something like so many people claim to be Irish on St Patrick's Day? :-)

By lz (Llamamama) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 03:28 pm:

Mikie, you are so right. My Mother-in-law told me the same about Packzis and the branches which they also do on Dyngus Day!

By allen philley (Allen) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 04:53 pm:

I feel that Tech should show who is the most grown up and give ND a nice congratulations. After all the record set by Tech was actually three set in three catogories on the same day. Snow angels, Snowball fight, Large snowball.Records are fun to claim but not with an attitude such as that reporter showed, poor.

By Tom Karjala (Tom) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 04:55 pm:

What does the word Mardi mean in French? Tuesday?
And gras------something to do with fat and sugary rich add-ons to desserts????

By Gonna be a Yooper (Joanie) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 05:17 pm:

I think it really is French for Fat Tuesday.

Yep Allen, kill 'em with kindness.

By David Hiltunen (Davidcorrytontn) on Tuesday, February 20, 2007 - 10:10 pm:

I'am holding out for cake on my fat thursday birthday.A cherry pie will work too.

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