What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2013-02-06 11:51:07
Issue #: 195

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Polish Mardi Gras with style
When we host a party we like to make sure there is always something new and fun for you to look forward to enjoying!  Ostatki: A Polish Carnival Celebration is no different. The PYTown team’s favorite event of the year will be held on Saturday, February 9, 2013 7 PM at The Magic Tree Pub & Eatery in Boardman. Sponsored by Zywiec Beer and Vesica vodka, this elegant party will replace any PHH this month and includes a tour of Poland through samplings of its best vodkas and beers—imported only for the event and not normally available in Ohio. 
NEW this year is...
  • An option to use your passport for wine stead of vodka or beer-(thinking of you Ms. Bielski); 
  • A homemade vodka infusions tasting. Remember the Polska Kuchnia class on this topic? While it's time to taste the results; 
  • A Beer Talk with Ken Blair, owner of Rust Belt Brewery and the man with whom we trust the creation of Polonia Beer, our custom brand later this year!; 
  • A taste of true, modern Polish music thanks Monika Sochecki, host of an eclectic Polish radio program on WCSB 89.3 FM onSaturdays from 12:30 - 2:00 PM;
Add all this to a tasting “food pairing buffet,” bead and trivia contest and—of course, a pączki parade and prizes and it will add up to a grand time! Tickets are on sale here

What’s your favorite vodka cocktail?
Slots are still available in our Annual Vodka Cocktail Contest, sponsored by Vesica Vodka Latest I’ve heard is that we have some husband and wife competitors jumping in to raise the stakes. I wonder what they are really competing to win??? Repeat winner Lisa Lotze will be joined as a judge by Kniola Travel Owner Mitch Benia (for the Polish perspective), Deli owner Jack Kravitz (for the taste) and a couple other lucky few who get to taste all your creative concoctions. Jump in there and show your stuff! You will be competing for prizes before a panel of local “celebrity” judges for some really cool prizes!! Each drink will be tested for creativity, flavor, originality and Polish theme. Learn more about it here

Start your Fat Tuesday in a festive fashion
I can’t say enough about how excited we are about our
first ever Pączki, Polkas and Piwo (translated as Donuts, Dancing and Draught) on Fat Tuesday morning February 12 from 6 --10:30 AM at Kravitz Delicatessen on Belmont Avenue. In large Polish community enclaves like in the Midwest—Chicago, Buffalo, Toledo, Cleveland, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Milwaukee and South Bend—Pączki Day is celebrated by Poles and locals alike with parties and lines starting with the rising of the sun.  Of course, we are never ones to be outdone so we you might enjoy this kind of party, too. We add to the mix the happy tunes of Larry & Diana Walk of Happy Polkaland and Jack’s great breakfast specials like bacon and egg pierogi and kielbasa omelets to be washed down with some nice cold Tyskie.  Hope you will join us! Learn more here

LAST CHANCE to preorder pączki
TOMORROW, Thursday Feb 7 the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle will be compiling its Master List of orders for its annual donut sale…they are raising funds to perform at Disney this summer! Preorders get the special price of $1 each…if you wait until Fat Tuesday the price goes up to $1.50 each. With the help of Kiedrowski’s Simply Delicious Bakery the girls are ready to satisfy even the most indulgent sweet tooth with a whole new set of flavors, including the famous rose hip jam! Traditionally, Polish families made pączki and other treats on this day to use up all the sugar and fat in the house that were forbidden during lent. Download your order form here

Our more sophisticated history
Thankfully the
Polish Arts Club of Youngstown is around to remind us all that Poland has an extremely rich culture that is far from all this Fat Tuesday stuff.  Before the World Wars tore it apart, Warsaw was referred to as the “Paris of the East” for it s high brow culture and trend-setting ways.  A great opportunity to enjoy some of the best of that part of your heritage is the Annual Scholarship Art, Music & Tea Reception at the Butler Institute of American Art, Butler North on Sunday, February 17 at 1 P.M. Mark your calendar to attend the tea for the always memorable entertainment. This year YSU Dana School of Music professor’s performance and talk entitled a Celebration of Mazurkas. Poland's most distinctive music is as sweet as its finest dessert; the Mazur and Mazurka, baked only in the spring. This event will feature the work of Fryderyk Chopin. Chopin was inspired to focus on seriously composing his own unique mazurkas in 1830, the year of the November Uprising, a Polish rebellion against the Russian government. This event is free and open to the public.

Homeless yet still planning for classes
We haven’t forgotten that we’ve offered you classes on language, and history as well as a film study. The PYTown Board of Trustees and Volunteer Team are struggling with locations for at which to hold these events. Every time we think we have found ourselves into a good fit for these varied activities, something happens to squash the deal. If you have ideas on a good home for us, please let us

Film series for Lent
In the meantime, Trustee YSU professor Ewelina Boczkowska and our resident film student, Auggie Heschmeyer, have proposed our first film series: the Decalogue This critically acclaimed series of one-hour films are directed by Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski. It consists of 10 one-hour films, inspired by the Ten Commandments. Each short film explores one or several moral or ethical issues faced by characters living in modern Poland and are based on the Ten Commandments. The idea would be to present them in five sessions, two films/night. Pani E prepares a short lecture to frame the series and we could take it from there. Sounds like a good Lenten activity to me. Are you in?

News from US Polonia
Exploring Polish Gangsters and Their Family Trees
Polish Genealogical Society of Greater Cleveland gathers monthly to share tips, techniques and results of their member’s efforts to explore their Polish ancestry. However in the process they make a point to heighten their awareness of their "Polishness" so they can pass along pride in their heritage on to the next generation. In the process, they come up with some cool stories. This quarter’s newsletter looks at Cleveland’s own Polish gangster. Knowing that the HBO drama “Boardwalk Empire” is highlighting Mickey Duffy and others in their popular show, this caught my eye. Learn more about
"Smiling Joe" Filkowski aka "the Powder Puff Bandit” in their current issue We were thinking of inviting the Genealogical Society down to Ytown for a workshop. Interested?

News from Poland
Polish second most-spoken language in England
Around 100 different languages are spoken by those living in England, but according to census results released this week, non-native language in England and Wales. More than half a million people in Britain now speak Polish as their first language, placing it ahead of Punjabi and Urdu and behind only English and Welsh. In the last decade, hundreds of thousands of people have migrated here from Poland. This has turned communities like Southhampton into England’s version of Greenpoint, Brooklyn with newsstands looking like the one pictured here. Some great stories this week about why they are there, how they are accepted and even about the struggle to learn the language itself (an angle I was particularly interested in since that is me!) Learn more about this and other stories in this week’s Polish Media Watch.

Calendar Highlights
February 9 “Some like it hot” Ostatki–Mardi Gras, Pittsburgh, 2013... Feb 10 Kiedrowski's Pączki Ball, Amherst... February 24 Polska Kuchnia 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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