Expert folk art training, shopping
It’s the official start of the holiday season for PYTown when we enjoy a semiannual visit from our friend, noted Polish folklorist Lawrence Kozlowski.  The Artistry of Wigilia workshop covering Polish Advent and Christmas rituals and folk craft workshops always teaches me something new. Our friend Virginia Luty/The Polish Peddler has called to say she is bringing her goodies too! This is another great way to pass our colorful heritage on to the family with ease.  Get some impressive, distinctive holiday gifts from a variety of vendors to include Polish pottery, amber, folk art, and Christmas ornaments. I am THRILLED to report that St. Columba Cathedral is welcoming us to merge our Wigilia Workshop into their fledgling holiday craft show. Here’s the event schedule. Join us on SATURDAY, November 22, 2014  9 AM - 4 PM  at St. Columba Cathedral Parish Hall, Corner of Wood & Elm Streets, Youngstown.

Sękacz cake sale underway
Sękacz (seng-kach) cake is a popular event cake from eastern Poland that is incredible in taste and shape. Its thick, rich batter contains 40 or 50 eggs and it is baked by pouring ladles full of batter onto a rot
ary spit in open oven or over a very hot wood-burning fire.  As the batter bakes, it forms what look like branches. It is rotated over and over again for 10 hours. When it’s done, you stand it up vertically so that all the “branches” stick out and slice it horizontally to see the “tree rings.” In the old days, sękacz was only baked for holidays and weddings because of the time and expense to make. Get your own tasty cake! We bring it in from one of only a handful of such bakeries in the US. For more info, call 330-333-9724.

Polish Film Series takes a comedic turn
As promised, our next Polish Film Series selection will be a lighter choice, but still a classic. The ups and downs of everyday life in Poland during the last years of communism are spoofed in the hilarious Polish comedy of errors, Miś. This hit gives the audience a guided tour of the rank corruption, absurd bureaucracy, pervasive bribery and flourishing black market that pervaded socialism of the former People's Republic of Poland.  Make the time to expand your viewpoints. Join us Thursday, November 20, 2014, 6 PM at First Presbyterian Church on Wick Avenue, Youngstown. For more info, call 330-333-9724.

Dance the night away for a good cause
Living Traditions Folk Ensemble is hosting its first ever Fall Harvest Dinner Dance. The performance troupe for our local folk dancers, LTFE is hosting a festive ethnic-inspired event that will include live entertainment from the Tom Katrenich Orchestra in a rare regional appearance. This is a unique opportunity for guests since, unlike other bands that play only one genre, TKO is known for playing a vast array of multi-national dance music--from polka, kolo and czardas to mambo, tango, big band, and swing! Lessons will be provided! Hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, bottles of wine, raffles, baskets and even one of LTFE’s signature participatory performances are all included in your ticket price. Proceeds from the event will go toward the group’s much-needed, imported costume purchases. Make a date to join in the fun on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 6 PM at Holy Spirit Party Center in Parma. For more info or to join the carpool, call 330-333-9724. 

Polish Arts Club invites you to Wigilia 2014
Wigilia (vee-GEEL-yah), which literally means "Vigil" or "waiting" for the birth of Baby Jesus, is the Polish Arts Club's annual celebration and recreation of what Poles around the world gather to do each Christmas Eve night. We hope you can join us again this year to enjoy one of our most treasured Polish traditions. The annual event will take place on Sunday, December 7, 2014 at The Brier Hill Cultural Center
(formerly St. Casimir’s Church) 145 Jefferson Street in Youngstown. The event starts at 4 PM Social hour 5 PM Sharing of opłatek followed by a traditional Wigilia Dinner.  Entertainment includes singing of kolędy, a 50/50 raffle and additional raffle.  Security will be on site all day.  Paid Reservations are due by December 1.  For more information, please contact Alice Morrow at 330-792-2769 or email at  Celebrate the holiday season with this very special annual event!  

News from US Polonia  New York, NY
Kosciuszko Foundation Announces Summer Teaching in Poland Program
The KF has broadened the umbrella of who is invited to be leaders in their summer camps. This year American high school students (18 years +) have been added to the outreach to college  students and teachers of all subject areas and levels who are needed to lead the unique three or four-week educational and cultural exchange programs. Applicants need not speak Polish or have Polish ancestry to participate. There will be several camp sites in Poland this summer. Learn more
Application Deadline: January 11, 2015

News from Poland by Ted Mirercki
Polish Fracking: Shale Fail
On November 25, fracking experts from across the continent will convene in Warsaw for the Shale Gas World Europe conference. The gathering is a reminder of the heady days, just a few years back, when the Polish government promised to wean the country from dependence on Russian fossil fuels by imitating America's successful exploitation of shale. Four years later, those dreams are sputtering out. Exploring for Polish shale gas is risky and expensive. International companies are fleeing. Government efforts to create regulations are flailing. A few test wells have been drilled (including the one pictured above, in the eastern village of Grzebowilk), but the results have been disappointing.  Read more about this and other stories in the most recent edition of Polish Media Watch. 

Calendar Highlights
Saturday, Nov. 22 9 AM - 4 PM The Artistry of Wigilia: Polish Crafts & Traditions Workshop... 6 PM Living Traditions Folk Ensemble Fundraising Dance, Holy Spirit Party Center, Parma... Wednesday, Nov. 26 7 PM 50th Anniversary Thanksgiving Eve Polka Hop, Chicago, IL... Tuesday, Dec. 2 10 AM Decorating Christmas Tree at Fellows Riverside Gardens... Wednesday, Dec. 3 6 PM Polish Historia LECTURE #6: Poland Today: From Solidarity to Democracy to leading the European Union... Friday, Dec. 5 Youngstown Holiday Parade-Slavic Contingent... Saturday, Dec. 6 Tree Lighting, Peterson Park Poland Village... Sunday, Dec. 7 4 PM – 8 PM Polish Arts Club hosts Wigilia... WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10 5:30- 9 PM Polish Happy Hour , Christopher’s Downtown... Sunday, Dec. 14 12 PM Polska Kuchnia hosts Wigilia Prep class... Jan. 11, 2015 Kosciuszko Foundation Summer Teaching in Poland applications due…Kulig... Saturday, Feb. 14 Love-themed Ostatki

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Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team

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November Listopad
Autumn jesień
Pumpkin dynia
Leaves are falling puścić liście
Thanksgiving DzieńDziękczynienia
Thankful wdzięczny
I am thankful for Jestem wdzięczny za ....
Turkey indyk
Parade parada