Today in Polish Youngstown
Subject: Today in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2009-07-09 02:49:18
Issue #: 7


The next Polish Happy Hour Youngstown will be held TODAY
Thursday, July 9th starting at 5:30 PM at:

Avalon Gardens

On the Patio

1719 Belmont Ave

Youngstown, OH 44504

(330) 747-7800

Up from downtown just past St. Elizabeth’s Hospital



Last week our friends Fr. Joe Rujak, pastor at Sts Peter & Paul in Youngstown, and Mary Kay Pieski, president of the Kosciusko Foundation NE Ohio chapter left for Poland. They are both participating in the Foundation’s popular Teaching English in Poland Program. They will be gone more than three weeks teaching middle and high school level students in an immersion style setting. They also will sightsee, visit family and experience Poland. For more info click HERE.

Their adventure made us think that maybe we should start thinking about taking an adventure of our own….If Zywiec taste this good here, how would it taste at the Brewery in Krakow?  By touring the distillery in Bialystok, can we learn the secrets that make Polish vodka so renowned?

So this month we will be exploring the concept of a summer tour trip in 2010 with Mitch Benia, owner of Kniola Travel in Slavic Village, Cleveland. Mitch has made the trip numerous times and has planned it for others hundreds times more. He will have ideas for us on a customized, multigenerational trip that will take us behind the scenes as well as hits the hot spots.


Our concertina friends have been organizing and practicing all month and can’t wait to show you what they’ve put together. They are looking for a standing bass player and drummer to join in the fun too. So if that’s you, jump on in!

But, of course, it will be easier to plan, sing and dance if we are enjoying some of our favorite beverages ….


One beer is never enough with the selection like you have the The Avalon so our featured brews will be both Poland’s most popular beer Żywiec, as well as southeastern Poland’s regional brew, Okocim.


Since we missed it last time, our featured vodka will be the stylish Bison Grass. Known in Polish as Żubrówka, this brand of wisent -flavored vodka is distilled from rye and mixed with a tincture made of grass grown in Eastern Poland’s Białowieża Forest. The rich flavor qualities of this unique vodka will be highlighted in our signature drink, the Bison Mojito.

Of course when there are beverages and music there has to be Polish food. But you can’t go to the Avalon and not enjoy the pizza…so just for us they will be providing make pierogi pizza for the evening! How do you say that in Polish? Accompanying that will be some tasty, homemade grilled kielbasa finished off by some słodkie for dessert. As always, your donation for this repast is greatly appreciated.

Don’t forget to join us or at least look for us in the Canfield 4th of July Parade Saturday morning. We are lining up at 9 AM in position 39 at the fairgrounds and will parade to the village green. Great way to kick off the weekend!

 The relaxed days of summer are here and we want you to join in the fun! Polish Night at the Scrappers July 15th! We’ve even designed a special Polish t-shirt for this event to help you get into the spirit!! Order one HERE


By your request, we also have designed NEW chic Polish Happy Hour Shirts on black with a cool new back design as well as scoop neck ones for girly girls! They are available to purchase online or at our events. Order one NOW!


Polish Happy HourNew Castle?? That’s right! The American Polish Central Committee of Lawrence County has so enjoyed our events that they asked Tom to come over and help them host one of their own. Show your support by heading over and joining them! The event will be held Thursday July 16th at The Basin on the renovated Riverwalk area in New Castle. Click HERE for more details!


And mark you calendar for Tuesday August 4th is Polish Day at Kennywood. Our friends at the Polish Cultural Council in Pittsburgh have invited the Krakowiaki down to perform. It’s a fun day of rides, Polish food, vendors and entertainment, including this year, the famous Polka Family Band. Click HERE for more info. Want to get a bus together to go? Email and let her know.


And, of course, Sunday, August 30th is Polish Day ’09. More details to follow!


******** About Polish Happy Hour **********
Polish Happy Hour Youngstown brings together those who hold any interest in Poland or Polish culture to have fun and meet new friends. All persons are welcome, including Polish language speakers and non Polish speakers. Part of a national organization, the group will host a gathering on the second Thursday of every month in downtown locations. Each time the event will respond to the venue by changing the selection of imported Polish beer, vodka special and music selection. We welcome everyone!  Check out for information on the national organization..

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