What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2011-12-16 12:15:25
Issue #: 128

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Christmas in Warsaw
Warsaw is a frosty, bustling place to spend the Christmas break and provides a good opportunity to see the Polish capital at its best.  Having undergone extensive rebuilding in the decades since the Second World War, Warsaw remains in a state of flux and is an exciting and progressive place to visit. The architecture can seem very bleak in parts, but the city is busy with an energy and optimism that is infectious. The cold winter months are a time to drink spirits in Poland and no trip to the city would be complete without spending some time in its bars, pubs and cafes. Warsaw has a strong arts scene and its jazz clubs, concert halls and theatres provide a packed program of Christmas entertainment.  Learn more

Another magical, memorable Wigilia …
On behalf of Mary Ann Mylnarski, president of the  Polish Arts Club of Youngstown, a BIG Thank You!!!...to so many of you who came out and supported the Club's annual Wigilia. The event was an enchanting way to celebrate our community’s Polish Christmas made even more so being at The Youngstown Club.  Even St. Nick could resist and made an appearance! It was a really lovely afternoon honoring old Polish Christmas traditions and customs with some modern day twists! Many people were surprised with what the melted wax was saying about their future during the Andrzejki festivities during cocktails.  I expected the interactive theatre presentation of the traditional Jasełka to be fun and lively, but we didn’t expect to be so moved by it, too. For example, seeing Alexandria Copich representing her ancestors by wearing a Kurpie headpiece and carrying honey to the Christ Child was very poignant. It accomplished more than even organizers had hoped in terms of integrating our heritage into the traditional story. See pics from the event HERE

Polish Happy Hour in an elegant setting
We celebrated the holidays in another elegant venue at Polish Happy Hour last week when we gathered at the Arms Family Museum on Millionaires' Row on Wick Avenue in Youngstown. The gilded age mansion is even more beautiful this month with its incredible holiday displays in every room. Guests toured the museum then joined us upstairs where PYTown Team members created a Wigilia display complete with podlazniczek, a  traditional upside down Christmas tree. See more pics HERE.The exhibit will be there into January so make sure you stop in to see it!
All enjoyed the unique, holiday inspired vodka cocktail made with orange-clove infused vodka that we had brought in from Chicago. Yummy! My favorite part was singing kolędy. Special thanks to Ursula Gerchak for her leadership on that! Here a taste of it here! Special thanks also to all those who brought donations for our
ethnic heritage suitcase. We received some lovely wycinanki, dolls and books to get it started. Please consider adding your items so we educate the younger members of the community about Polish history and customs. Some ideas are here

News from Poland
Shale is all the talk in Poland, too
Marketplace Radio traveled to the far reaches of rural Poland this week to interview engineers with Orlen Upstream, one of Poland's state-owned oil and gas companies. MORE

Poland’s Healthy Economy Gets Attention
Shale income is a bonus for Poland. The nation is considered to be the last healthy country in Europe with construction in Warsaw and other cities at an all-time high. MORE

NYC investor partners with Poland’s richest man
Foreign investment is part of the reason for the robust growth. A U.S. heavy hitter stepped forward this week and put his money and faith in Poland.  Larry Silverstein, has spent  more than five decades investing almost entirely in New York City real estate, is making his first foray abroad in Poland, considering it one of Europe’s most in-demand property markets. Read more about this story and other news in Poland at our Polish Media Watch 

Calendar Highlights
To answer the many calls and emails…unfortunately we will NOT be repeating last year’s spectacular Kulig at Millcreek MetroParks. Although they had a good time, the park officials said they were not interested in partnering this year. This is not an event we could tackle on our own so all we can say is we are sorry and that we share your disappointment. We hope we can celebrate with you in this fashion in the future. In the meantime, enjoy pics from last year’s event here

Thursday, January 8 5:30-9PM Polish Happy Hour… Sunday, January 15, 1 PM
Polish Arts Club of Youngstown meeting…Monday, January 30 Polish Arts Club Scholarship applications due…

Wesolych Swiat Bozego Narodzenia i Szczesliwego Nowego Roku!Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!
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