What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2011-08-24 11:47:19
Issue #: 112

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The big day is almost here! Hope you are planning on join in the fun!

The 4th annual Polish Heritage Day Celebration on Sunday August 28th 2011. The event will take place at St. Anne’s Church, 4310 Kirk Road, Youngstown, Ohio from 11:30- 8 PM starting with Catholic mass lead by Rev. John Keehner from St. Casimir and Columba Cathedral with the St. Casimir Choir and other priests from around diocese.  Admission is $5 for adults, children 12 and under are free.
JUST ADDED:  Historical reenactor Mike Ostrowski will be bringing a little of the pageantry and drama of 17th Century Winged Hussars to Youngstown. Ostrowski is part of a handful of military formations that are affiliates of the Sienkiewicz Society's Living History Project. Founded in Metro Washington, DC, the group has regiments in 10 states but, until this year, has never participated in an event in Ohio.  It is our hope that Mike’s participation this year will help us to not only attract reenactors for a battle on site next year, but also to perhaps instigate the beginning of our own regiment here in the Mahoning Valley. The Polish Hussars were the main type of cavalry of the first Polish Army between the 16th and 18th centuries. They were widely regarded as one of the most powerful cavalry formations in the world, going undefeated in battle for more than 100 years. The hussars were famous for their huge 'wings', that were worn attached to their back. Learn more about it from this morning’s WKBN appearance here.

We know you love to see the kids, too. So this year there will be a special performance by the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle that will take the audience on a Heritage Tour of Poland, highlighting the history, songs and dances of the native homes of the dancer’s relatives.

The highlight for most attendees is the 2-lb Polish platter featuring stuffed cabbage, potato pancakes, cabbage and noodles, pierogi and more. But if you are not interested in that much food, this year we are offering just pierogi, kielbasa and haluski at a separate serving station to keep things moving. The bakery and deli also are available full of goodies to eat here or take home.

If that isn’t enough for you, sign up to participate in the 2nd Annual Pierogi Eating Contest. The goal is to see how many delicious buttered dumplings you can eat in three minutes. There is an entry fee of $10 with each contestant receiving a pierogi T-shirt. First, second, and third place cash and other prizes will be awarded.  Celebrity judges include WYTV’s Stan Boney, TV Host Casey Malone and Attorney Jay Macejko.

When it is time to rest after the big day is over, perhaps it will be time to start a new book. If so, consider something with a Polonia theme. Poet and blogger John Guzlowski has just posted his Top Ten List of books (fiction, non-fiction, and poetry) that he considers “essential in the discussion of what it means to be a Polish American.” That’s a heavy duty requirement. Check it out here and see what you think.

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



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