What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2012-11-21 09:10:03
Issue #: 186

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Thanksgiving Day is obviously not a Polish-rooted holiday, but Swięto Dziękczynienia has been eagerly observed by Polonians since way back. It is undoubtedly the most beautiful uniquely American holiday in the calendar. In terms of its sentimental value to Americans of every background it comes close to the way Polish people feel about Wigilia. For this is a very family-oriented occasion, a holiday when one simply has to be with one's nearest of kin Of course, families with Polish or other-ethnic roots have given the festive meal a little twist of their own. Polonia reporter Robert Strybel suggests Polish Americans may want to add an ethnic accent to your Thanksgiving festivities is by roasting your turkey stuffed with a Polish-style (bread/babka-giblet-raisin, bread-meat-dill, rice & mushroom) dressing and/or include some typically Polish autumn desserts like szarlotka (apple cake).

Wigilia Reservations Due today
As Strybel says, For Poles, Christmas Eve is a night of magic when animals are said to talk and people have the power to predict the future. It’s a time for families to gather and reconcile any differences, and to remember loved ones who have gone before them.  Get a taste of this spirit by joining the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown as they celebrate their Wigilia on Sunday, December 2 from 1-5 pm at St. Christine’s Parish Center. Price includes cocktails, ethnic foods, entertainment, raffles and door prizes.  This year entertainment will be provided by retired Maszowsze violinist and singer Radek Fizik. He will not only but performs songs from his holiday album but also lead us in carols. Prices are $35 per person; children ages 7-12 are $12; children ages 6 and under are no charge.  For more info call 330-272-2210.  Prepaid advanced reservations only please are due by Wednesday November 21. There will be no tickets available at the door.

Spreading the Christmas Spirit
Thanks to all who attended Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle’s szopka workshop this past Sunday. What an amazing tradition! It is one that takes some time and effort to create, but so worth it in the end. Special thanks to Larry Kozlowski who shared his artistry and spent hours preparing all the many pieces that were required to make these Polish nativity sets. More from the Vindy.  Krakowiaki’s efforts to spread some Polish holiday spirit continue as they work on this week as their annual sale of sękacz cakes . The sale will run until December 3. We are also offering shipping, too, if you want to send it to friends and family far away! Call (330) 746-8900 to learn more about it and how to order here

You can get in the spirit, too
On Friday, December 14, PolishYoungstown and all its member organizations are volunteering to help Santa with two community projects and would love for you to join us. One project is we will be serving as wrapping elves at Barnes & Noble at the Shops at Boardman Park from 9 AM - 10:00 PM. Also on that day, Krakowiaki will lead a caroling group at area senior facilities from 6-9 PM. It is the season for giving…why not chose these opportunities to join with your Polish friends to give of your time to the community. Call Marianne 330-272-2210 to sign up!

Halfway to Simply Slavic
It’s hard to believe that we are talking about Christmas events let alone planning for 2013 but it’s true! As part of that Simply Slavic is kicking off the countdown to their festival with a Half Way to Simply Slavic celebration on Friday, December 1 from 5 PM - MIDNIGHT at Shotz Bar & Grille on Oakwood Avenue in Austintown.  Sponsored by the newly formed YSU Slavic Student Association, doors will open at 5 (so come right after church) with a “hunkie menu” and Polka DJs Larry & Diana Walk to get the party started. At 7 PM our friends Jake and the Chardon Polka Band will take to the floor for a fun night of hilarious entertainment and good polka music. There also will be Slavic beer, a basket raffle and 50/50 too. All for only a $5 cover, a portion of which goes to kick start the great June festival. To give you a reminder, check out Chardon’s newly released music video   

News from Poland
Krakow makes top ten in Conde Nast Traveler poll
Readers of leading American travel magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, gave a nod to what Polonia already knows: Krakow is one of the finest cities in Europe. Unsurprisingly, Poland's 'cultural capital' finishing a joint eighth in the Top European Cities category, alongside Prague.Learn more about this and other stories in this week’s Polish Media Watch.

Calendar Highlights
Sunday, Nov 25 11:30 AM Rev. Eric Orzech formal installation as pastor at Cleveland’s newly reopened Historic St. Casimir Parish by Bishop Richard Lennon in his first visit to St. Casimir since it's closure in 2009. The mass will be bi-lingual… Dec 1 Halfway to Simply Slavic 5 - MIDNIGHT Shotz Bar & Grille with music by Chardon Polka Band Dec 2 The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown annual Wigilia Dinner. For tickets call 330-272-2210… Sekacz sale continues until Dec. 3Friday, Dec 14 9 AM - 10 PM PYTown serving as Santa Elves at Barnes & Noble located at the Shops at Boardman Park.

Do Zobaczenia!
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team

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