What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2011-11-16 11:48:56
Issue #: 124

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It is said that the most compelling element of a people's identity is its folk culture. Historically home to one of the largest Polonia populations in America, Cleveland’s Polish community is respected nationally for its work in promoting ethnic music, dance and costume as art. Come see why on Saturday night! More than 130 of NE Ohio and NW Pennsylvania’s Polish folk dancers—including your own Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle—will take to the stage November 19th when Zatańczmy: A Celebration of Polish Folk Dance will take place on at The Breen Center for Performing Arts at St. Ignatius High School near  fascinating Westside Market and tasty Great Lakes Brewery in Cleveland. This multigenerational song and dance event will begin at 6 P.M. Tickets for the family-friendly concert are $15. Want to go but not alone? Let us know and we will help with a car pool!  Read More

Oy Vey! It was a
fraileches Polish Happy Hour
Last week’s Polish Happy Hour,
Klezmerklatch: A Celebration of Yiddish Life in Old Poland will go down in our history books as one of the great ones. The energy level from start to finish was palatable and that is always a great thing. Kravitz’s food was delicious and Rabbi Joseph Schoenberger told entertaining stories while deftly handling our Yiddish lesson and quiz. But the music stole the show. Internationally renowned musicians Steven Greenman on violin accompanied by Alexander Fedoriouk on the cimbalom were magical. Our non-profit partner this month, Akiva Academy, was happy too, doing very well with a gift basket, 50/50 and your donations.  SEE PICS Plan to join us next month as Polish Happy Hour celebrates the holidays at The Arms Family Museum during their most delightful time of year!

But first Wigilia …
The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown
is taking reservations now for its annual Christmas Eve dinner to take place Sunday, December 4 from 1:00-5:00 PM at The Youngstown Club.  This year’s entertainment includes “Andrzejki” fortune telling, a Polish Christmas Market, a basket and 50/50 raffles.  Special Polish folk entertainment this year is an interactive theatre presentation of the traditional “Jasełka,” or nativity play performed in English but including Polish koledy, Christmas carol sing-a-long.  What part will you play?  MORE

Put a Little Polish in Your Christmas

November kicks off the holiday shopping season and, as such, we wanted to encourage you to think of adding some Polish-related items to your shopping list.  There are two national favorites, but if you, like me, want to spend your money locally, there are still ways to purchase Polish items.

Keeping Our Churches Alive
As plans are being made for the final mass at our lovely St. Casimir’s Church here in Youngstown, the struggles of the Polish and other ethnic parishes in Cleveland to reopen their is getting national recognition. An article in the LA Times has lead to Joseph Feckanin, one of the most outspoken Poles, to be  interviewed by PYTown friend, Rita Cosby, live on her show on TODAY Nov. 16 from  4:30 to 5:00 PM. The show is broadcast on WOR Radio 710AM You can listen to the stream live here

News from Poland
Monumental Efforts in Warsaw Too 
While we are working hard to see that proper tribute is paid to the Polish Veteran’s and other veteran’s here in the Mahoning Valley a new statue is being dedicated next week on our behalf on one of our most famous presidents.  On November 21, former Solidarity leader and former Polish President Lech Walesa will unveil a monument to President Ronald Reagan in Warsaw. A ceremony featuring Tadeusz Mazowiecki, the first non-Communist prime minister in post-war Poland, eight American Senators, and many of Poland’s political elites will accompany the unveiling. Read More

Independence Day marches turn violent
Violent clashes took place in Warsaw between police and Germans "anti-fascism activists” on the country's Independence Day last Friday. Nationalist marches have been growing in size on the national holiday, with leftists turning out to oppose them. Forty police officers were injured and 210 people were arrested. Read more about this story and other news in Poland at our Polish Media Watch.

Calendar Highlights
Saturday, Nov. 19 Zatanczmy: A Celebration of Polish Folk Dance… Wednesday, November 30 Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation preview of the Gulag Exhibit at the National Press Club…  Thursday, December 1 First Friday ClubFriday Dec 2. Simply Slavic Kick Off, Lemon Grove $5 5-11 PM… Sunday, Dec. 4 Polish Arts Club WigiliaThursday, Dec. 8 PHH at the Arms Museum…Sunday, Dec. 11 New Castle American Polish Central Committee Wigilia Christmas Dinner

Do Zobaczenia!  (Until we meet again…)
Your PolishYoungstown Team

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