What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2012-01-05 10:10:36
Issue #: 131

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Krakow’s traditonal New Year’s Eve spectacular went on as planned this year. However, reflecting the budget consciousness of the rest of Europe, it was hosted with on a massively reduced scale that did not include cash for live acts. Usually, the city spends almost 2 million złoty on the event; this year, only 150,000 zł was available and that still created some great fireworks. Look at last year’s celebration to get an idea some of what they were giving up. Axing the Sylwester concert is just one of a raft of thrifty measures announced by city mayor Jacek Majchrowski, in the 2012 budget. MORE

Language Classes Offer Late Start for Beginners
If you have always wanted to learn to speak Polish or even just learn a little more about your heritage and culture, the beginning of a new year is the perfect time! Registration for the Spring Semester of our Language and Culture Classes is underway. This semester we will have three adult sections plus the children’s instruction. NEW, by your request, we are adding a Beginner I class with a 7:45 PM start for those whose jobs didn’t allow them to attend earlier classes. MORE

Help with your studies
The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown has posted its application for its annual scholarships. Third- and fourth-year college students, as well as post-graduates, are encouraged to apply for the $500 grants. Polish descent is not mandatory if an active member of the Polish Arts Club sponsors the student. Deadline for applications is January 30.

This is not the only Polish group talking about scholarships. The Kościuszko Foundation and the American Council of Polish Culture both offer information and assistance to those looking for aid for their college, graduate, medical school or language learning efforts.  These two culture organizations and Jagiellonian University itself also have interesting summer programs that include travel to Washington, D.C. and Poland. Check it out!

Yummy Holiday Treat NOT Available
Well the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle tried their best to provide everyone who wanted it with some tasty unique sękacz cakes for the holidays. The group was importing the rich cakes from one of only two bakeries in the nation that have the special rotary spits upon which to bake them. The Vindicator even thought it was cool enough to share the story and an Americanized make at home recipe. Unfortunately the exclusivity of this item worked against them. Just days before Christmas, the spit broke down and parts had to be ordered in from Poland. Cynthia Foust, fundraising chair for the group, assures us the cakes will be available as soon as the machine is fixed. Przepraszamy :(

How do you say szopka in Taiwanese?
Szopka master craftsman Dave Motak traveled to Hong Kong during the holidays for the opening of a public exhibition of his art. This was the first time that szopka art has been exhibited in Asia and the exhibition and attracted rave reviews and large numbers of attendees. Ten of the Pittsburgh resident’s pieces were exhibited including a "Hong Kong" szopka that was specially commissioned for the exhibit.  Dave combined American, Chinese and Polish motifs in designing this piece. Sto Lat Dave! More pictures and info are available HERE

Peterson Park Bricks Engraved
The first batch of memorial bricks is at the masons this week being customized. The items were ordered last fall as part of our effort to brick the park and make it universally accessible. The campaign began after Town One Streetscapes agreed to accept the Polish veteran memorial for installation there. The hope is that we will have the 500 bricks necessary to begin the project sold by the time the weather breaks in March. Have you bought yours yet? Get a form HERE

News from Poland
Smolensk monument contest underway
The deadline has been extended to January 16th for designers around the world to submit their concepts for a memorial to commemorate the victims of the April 2010 air crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and almost 100 other top national officials.  A decision on the selection will be announced by the end of March. Read the design specs and other info on this story and other news in Poland at our Polish Media Watch

Calendar Highlights
We are behind in this area! Currently putting finishing touches on budget and activities for 2012. Items under discussion include Polish cooking class, trips to the casinos and new location for Polish Day. Hope to have all of this together for you very soon! In the meantime, mark your calendar for Polish Happy Hour on the 2nd Thursday of every month and Polish Day the last Sunday in August! We are kicking things off right Thursday, January 12 5:30 - 9 PM with fun night of Pokish karaoke and River Talk at the Box Car Lounge at the B&O in downtown Youngstown. More details next week!

Do Zobaczenia!
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