Youngstown State’s Annual Event is one the season’s must do events
Designed to promote the diversity of art in the Mahoning Valley, the Summer Festival of the Arts is a collaboration between Youngstown State University and the local and regional arts community.  There are LOADS of interesting performances and fine artists to keep you entertained and inspired all day. For PolishYoungstown, the event has always been the region’s version of the lovingly remembered International Folk Festival because of the creation of the Festival of Nations. This primarily outdoor event is subject to the mercy of the weather so recent years have seen both soaring temps and torrential rains—but not this year! So plan to come out and enjoy the festival which will take place on Saturday, July  12 and Sunday, July 13, 2014. The complete schedule is available here  

Your Polish culture will be well represented at this event
  • Polish Arts Club will continue its tradition of serving up some tasty homemade Polish favorites for your enjoyment;
  • Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle   will do its first performance in almost a year! Lead by Agata Lyda Khoury, the group will be joined by a new family of young people full of excitement and enthusiasm;
  • Living Traditions Folk Ensemble will show off the dances of our borderland Carpatho-Rusyn villages; and
  • Slavic Student Association will have a booth to talk about their efforts to engage young people’s interest on campus.

If you are able to lend a hand while you enjoy the fun? POLISH ARTS CLUB of Youngstown would welcome your help to join in the fun!

Volunteer opportunities include:

• set up or break down of booths (Fri 5 PM & Sunday 5 PM)
• transport of food and materials to/from booth
• workers at the booth Saturday and Sunday in 3 hour shifts.
• if none of the above is doable, donations are accepted as well
Contact Event Chair Mary Ann Mlynarski at 330-647-9634 OR

Zapraszamy Polski Piknik (and all that!)

Polish Happy Hour this month will have a very special gathering. The Siembida Family is inviting us to their property for a family-friendly time of barbecue and camaraderie, PHH style on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 5 PM and will continue into the evening. The address is 1089 Paulin Rd, Poland OH 44514. (Paulin Rd runs off South Avenue Extension, south of Western Reserve Rd). This gathering is open to all Polish Happy Hour family and friends, but the Siembidas please request RSVP to 330-549-2451, so they know how many people to plan for, as they will be providing the meat for the grill. All you need to do is bring a side-dish or dessert to help complete the meal offerings. This is a B.Y.O.B event, so plan accordingly and arrive with your own beverage of choice.

Youngstown State’s Annual Event is one the season’s must do
If you haven’t been out and about this summer at area parades you may not have had the opportunity to enjoy our new float and characters. PolishYoungstown participated in both Celebrate Poland and the Austintown July 4th Parade with a colorful cast that included some famous folks. Thanks to the handiwork of Mary Siembida we were joined by three of Poland’s most famous saints: Sister Faustina, Saint Pope John Paul II and Maximilian Kolbe who stood for the entire parade, waving and offering blessings to a very receptive crowd.  And who knew that our "Money Man" Brian Williams, would be such an excellent Stan the Pierog!  He posed for countless pictures either alone or with children, gave a "high five" hundreds of times, and worked the excited crowds without missing a step! And all while sweating bullets under that costume.  (Usually, he is very cool and collected, as we all know.)  In addition to these fine folks, Community Chair Marianne Poprik would like to extend a special thank you to Dave Barwick, with a red Marine cap and patriotic tie, worked the crowds while passing out postcards about Polish Day to some of the thousands watching the parade, to Lisa Lotze for her woodworking to make our float look official and the Heschmeyer kids for passing out candy (and not eating all of it themselves). Next year will roll around quickly, so mark your calendars to save the dates and join us!

News from Poland
by Ted Mirercki
Warsaw is Eastern Europe’s new fashion hotspot

With the emphasis on London, Milan and Paris, it's not surprising that some of Europe's lesser-known fashion spots are often overlooked. But the sense of style of the Polish capital is now being treated as a recent find. Too often Warsaw is grouped in with what some are calling the "Poor But Sexy” movement, reflecting the culture clashes between Europe East and the West. A new book on this topic takes a half academic, half journalistic look at punk and youth subcultures and artistic movements of the Cold War period, as an attempt to explain the political and cultural polarizations dividing Eastern Europe today. Check out the interview with the author here.  Learn more about these and other news stories in the most recent edition of Polish Media Watch.   

Calendar Highlights

August 24 Polish Day 2014 we have a couple of new events to tell you about starting next week!... Our complete 2014 calendar of event dates is available on the PolishYoungstown website... don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for quicker updates.


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