What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
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Thanks to everyone whose participation made Polish-American Heritage Month eventful. It was our first year trying to celebrate this occasion locally and we are happy you joined us to do so!   

The Krakowiaki wants to extend a special thanks to the women who turned out for It’s a Girl Thing. You helped us raise several hundred dollars for the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle and had a great time! It was a night full of tasty treats and fun ideas! The Lemon Grove created a set of specialty drinks just for us! In case you want to make them at home, here are the recipes and some fun photos.

October ends on a joyous candy-filled note for us here, but in Poland the celebration is saved for All Saints and All Souls Day on November 1st and 2nd. Perhaps many of you honored also your deceased relatives this week, but I would guess most of us did not do it with the same fervor that can be seen in Polish cemeteries. Although tombs are often visited, the cemeteries become a sea of candles, chrysanthemums and night-long visitors. In some regions there also are traditions of bringing special treats to the graves, too. Learn more about it HERE.

We have been receiving kudos for other ethnic organizations saying that our efforts are inspiring them to action. We are thrilled to see our mission at work! It might be a bit much too infer that Thiel College was similarly inspired, but their fall performance selection is Warsaw’s own Szymanowski Quartet. The Greenville, PA school will present a free concert by the renowned group on Sunday, November 8th at 3 P.M. perform music by Joseph Haydn, Karol Szymanowski and Felix Mendelssohn.  More information is available by calling (724) 589-2240 or

Speaking of school, that reminds me that we are still searching for a Polish language instructor to teach beginning Polish to adults one evening a week. Lots of leads in Cleveland and Pittsburgh but the drive in scares them away. Is there someone here who would be interested? A native speaker, completely fluent in Polish and at least comfortable in English would be ideal. We are looking for a mostly conversation-based class, but a good knowledge of grammar is important. No teaching experience necessary. We want this to be a fun, cultural learning experience. If you or someone you know is interested, contact us at info@polishyoungstown.com. In the meantime, learn a few words by checking out the seasonally appropriate additions to our home page!

The next Polish Happy Hour Youngstown will be held Thursday, November 12 starting at 5:30 PM at Shakers on Belmont Avenue in Liberty. I know this is a switch out of downtown for us, but we had hoped to get to this fun, funky bar in September and then have been patiently awaiting our arrival ever since!  Our theme will be Narodowe Święto Niepodległości, Polish Independence Day which is actually celebrated in Poland the day before. Learn more about it HERE.  Our drink specials will be your favorites: Zywiec and Okocim green label and Bison grass. We also will bring in Chopin vodka for our signature martini. And I know we have said it before but, the new PHH t-shirts have come in and will be available for pick up and purchase that night!

It may seem too early to think about next summer but plans are coming together for both the trip to Poland 2010. The latest info is that we are trying to fly directly into Krakow and spend our time focused in all the sites there and in Zakopane, the mountain region. The thought is that there is no point spending all your time on a bus crossing the country when you would enjoy it more if you were actually doing something. There is still time to get on board! More info HERE.

Another option for Poland travel will be discussed Sunday, November 15 when the Polish Arts Club hosts Mary Kay Pieski, President of the Ohio Chapter of The Kosciuszko Foundation. Pieski will be speaking about opportunities for area residents to participate in the Foundation’s Arts Enriched English Camp.  Learn more about it HERE.

Something more eminent on the horizon is Christmas. We have several things you can do this month to make your holiday celebrations more fun AND more Polish. On Saturday, November 14th the Krakowiaki is hosting The Artistry of Wigilia: A Polish Christmas crafts and traditions workshop. Similar to their Easter event last spring, the afternoon will feature demonstrations and hands-on workshops by noted folklorist Lawrence Kozlowski. Items will be available to create and take home as well as merely to purchase. Of course, there will be homemade Polish Christmas Eve food and baked goods, too. Learn more about it HERE.

In that spirit, team member Tom Kusiowski II and his brother Jim have teamed up to lead our efforts in making a PolishYoungstown szopka to submit into regional competition. A long standing tradition in Krakow, the unique crèches do not look like a manager but instead historical buildings around the city. We will display our completed submission at PHH on Nov 12th and ship it off to Detroit the next morning. Want to spend a little time helping to create this masterpiece? Contact Tom at tom@polishyoungstown.com Learn more about szopki HERE.

Before you sit down to Christmas Eve with your own family, we hope you will share opłatek and sing Koledy with your PolishYoungstown friends at the Polish Arts Club annual Wigilia Christmas Eve Dinner on Sunday, December 20 at The Youngstown Club. Reservations are being accepted right now. More information available HERE.

Do zabacznie!


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