What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2013-01-09 06:48:11
Issue #: 192

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Polish Happy Hour explores its German Ties
For hundreds of years, Poland suffered from an overbearing Germany that trampled on the rights of the Polish nation, occupied the country, and, at times, worked to extinguish the Polish nation-state entirely. No wonder that there is a residue of skepticism and caution in Poland when it comes to relations with its big neighbor to the west. A healthy distance and dose of hedging have long been the default position of the country’s foreign policy. However with Poland’s accession to the European Union that is all changing. Nearly eight years on, Poland is rebuilding a caution alliance with Germany.
We are excited to start the New Year with that same spirit! Join us on Thursday, January 10 from 5:30 - 9 PM as we exploring a new region of Poland with the help of our ethnic neighbors at The Saxon Club.
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 Germany 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 a local Silesian speech should be considered a whole a separate language! We will explore this, the food, music and the cities in this region! Join us next week!

Call for scholarships
The deadline to apply for the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown annual scholarships is January 31st. The winners of the varied scholarships will be announced at the group’s Annual Scholarship Art, Music & Tea Reception at the Butler Institute of American Art, Butler North on Sunday, February 17 at 1 P.M. Information is available by contacting the Lisa Lotze, Scholarship Chair, at 330-549- 0124 or lisa@polishyoungstown.com. Applications are available to download

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.

New Teacher Wanted
Good news for the family is bad news for us. Just as classes were getting into a good grove, Polish teacher Agnieszka Rojak-Kavanagh needed to resign. Her husband’s promotion made it so. So we are sorry to say, that right now we are again
searching for a Polish language and culture instructor to teach classes. Daytime classes on Tuesday are still going but evening classes are on hold until further notice.

Perhaps this would be a good time to start the history class and film screenings... more news to come!

News from Poland
Ailing Polish Airline LOT to Shrink
The Polish government plans to reduce the size of its carrier, LOT Polish Airlines, by nearly a half as it seeks to make the company profitable again, a cabinet minister said last week, only days after the airline received a $127 million emergency loan from the state and shed more assets to stay afloat. Spokesmen said in December the airline needed state aid because Europe’s economic woes had dented its passenger numbers in the second half of the year. Instead of profits, the airline said it would generate heavy losses for 2012. This is at the same time that LOT became the first European airline to operate Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner planes. It will use this aircraft to serve what it is has targeted as its growth market-- long-haul flights to Asia, mainly China and Japan. The airline dramatically cut the number of US flights within the last several years. Learn more about this story and other stories in this week’s Polish Media Watch.

Calendar Highlights
Sunday, January 20 - 1 PM Polish Arts Club meeting... March 19 Śląsk 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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