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Holiday traditions have deep roots in the Kansas City area

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Holiday povitica in Kansas City, Kansas’ Strawberry Hill neighborhood is an almost age-old tradition of the city.

Marc O’Leary’s great-grandmother immigrated to KCK from Croatia in 1903, just a few decades after the city was incorporated.

“So the Croats originally settled in the West Bottoms here, Kansas City, Missouri. Then a great flood wiped out all the livestock, all the churches, all the houses,” said O’Leary. “So my smart relatives decided, ‘We’ll find the nearest hill. We don’t want this to happen to us again, “And they found a hill called Strawberry Hill, took all the raspberries out of it, and the rest is the history of Kansas City.”

In those early days, Mrs. Dorothy baked povitica, a Croatian word for bread rolls or rolls, only to people she knew well.

“You have to be a milkman or priest, someone important, and that is a sign of respect,” says O’Leary. “She’ll work hard, make povitica, and then recommend it to you on vacation.”

In the mid-1900s, the family moved the povitica business from their home to a commercial space at 5 and Barnett.

“We will make 30 loaves at a time. We still have the original grill in our boardroom,” said O’Leary.

Today, the Strawberry Hill Baking Company operates on 30,000 square feet in Merriam and produces approximately 6,000 loaves of povitica per day.

This Saturday, from 10am to 1pm, Strawberry Hill Poviticia will host an open party with live Croatian band at the Merriam location near I-35 and 75th Street.

https://fox4kc.com/news/strawberry-hill-povitica-is-a-holiday-tradition-with-deep-roots-in-kck/ Holiday traditions have deep roots in the Kansas City area

JACLYN DIAZ

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