What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2013-01-04 07:50:11
Issue #: 191

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For many years, Krakow's Main Market Square has lent its beauty as the backdrop to one of Europe's largest New Year's communal celebrations. This year more than 20,000 people--visitors from Poland and abroad-gathered on the Main Market Square to welcome the coming of the new year. This year, city authorities returned to the popular live concert format.  Additionally, the facade of the Sukiennice will be used as a screen for projections.  This was followed by a huge fireworks show consisting of spectacular bombs, comets, launchers and involving more than 200 kg of firework material. Everything will be complemented by a special musical background. Quite a celebratory New Year's wish for the inhabitants of Krakow. Hear the music and see the pics here.

Polish Happy Hour explores our German Ties
We are excited to start the New Year exploring a new region of Poland with the help of our ethnic neighbors when PHH heads to The Saxon Club on Thursday, January 10 from 5:30 - 9 PM. Silesia is located in the southwestern most part of the country with the mountains of Czechoslovakia to its south and Germany lies along its western border. Today, this resource-rich, industrial region is treated as two separate entities: Upper Silesia, which is a part of Germany; and Lower Silesia, which is part of Poland. Thanks to years of changing borders, the German pride and influence here is not secondary, but instead part of the fabric of the people. Most inhabitants speak the both German and a heavily dialect influenced Polish. In fact, there is an ongoing debate as to whether local Silesian dialect should be considered a whole separate language! We will explore these oddities, the tasty food, toe-tapping music and, of course, the beer and vodka of the cities in this region! Join us next week!

Cooking Class full of warmth
Only a mother's love is warmer than a bowl of hot soup on a cold winter's day. Polska Kuchnia will be teaching three classic Polish soups on January 20. There's Bigoś, Poland's national dish and there will be two versions of barszcz: beet and the regional white barszcz served at Easter.  Class begins at 11:00, the fee is $25.00 per person and preregistration is required.  You can call Tad at 330-427-2752 to learn more and to sign up.

A historical perspective
YSU professors from our Board of Trustees have offered to teach a Polish history class in winter 2013. Did you know that the culture of the nobility flourished in Poland in the 15th-17th centuries and continues to influence the mentality of Poles? Ever heard of the Jagiellonian Dynasty?  Our people have an amazing history that was not taught to us as our immigrant parents and grandparents focused on assimilating to America. If you would be interested in a 6-week, non-credit class that is entertaining and informational, let us know

Captured on film
Inspired by the above, another YSU prof/PYTown Trustee would like to do a film series for you. The history of cinema in Poland is almost as long as history of cinematography. From 1955 onwards, the works of directors of the so-called Polish Film School had a great influence on the contemporary trends. After World War II, despite censorship, filmmakers like Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Agnieszka Holland, Andrzej Wajda, Andrzej Żuławski had a huge impact, particularly on cinematography. A large number of Polish film directors (e.g., Agnieszka Holland and Janusz Kamiński) have worked in American studios. Interested? Let us know

News from Poland
A strong voice forever silenced
Prominent Polish journalist Teresa Torańska died this week a long bout with cancer. Torańska is known for her perfect art of the interview and its resulting works, most memorably, the ground-breaking best seller Oni, published by Kultura, Paris, when it was came out in English by Harper and Row as Them. Her interviews with former Stalinist revealed the secrets of the Kremlin and the twisted lives of the communist leaders. After the revolutionary changes in 1989-91, Teresa followed with My [We] and Byli [Has-beens], and became a TV show host, associated for many years with Gazeta Wyborcza. Perhaps the best example of her disrobing interviewing style is her meeting with General Wojciech Jaruzelski who exposes himself as a spineless opportunist to be pitied rather than a system shaker and a patriot. She will be missed.

Mahoning Valley, Poland share similar shale gas dream
About a year ago, Poland lit what it calls the "Flame of Hope," the first flare to burn over a shale gas well in the country. Its photo ran as a full-page ad in Gazeta Wyborcza and Rzeczpospolita, Poland's leading newspapers. "Don't put out the flame of hope," the caption read, urging readers to express their support for shale gas development. Ever since the U.S. Department of Energy's April 2011 announcement that Poland may hold enormous quantities of shale gas -- 5.3 trillion cubic meters, enough for 300 years of consumption -- hydrocarbon fever has swept the country. Even when the Polish Geological Institute and the U.S. Geological Survey reduced those figures by 90 percent in early 2012, the faith in shale remained unshaken. Nowhere else in Europe has shale gas generated so much enthusiasm among both politicians and the public. Learn more about this story and other stories in this week's Polish Media Watch.

Calendar Highlights
Thursday, Dec. 10 5:30-9 PM Polish Happy Hour... Saturday, February 9 Ostatki Karnival Celebration... March 19 Slask Song & Dance Ensemble of Poland coming to the Byham Theater, Pittsburgh Ticket start at $28. For more info call 412-456-6666... And don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Do Zobaczenia!
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team

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