This week in Polish Youngstown
Subject: This week in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2009-11-11 11:17:52
Issue #: 26

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Happy Polish Independence Day!

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 today. Learn more about it at
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!

In the spirit of the upcoming holidays, a 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. Learn more about szopki at


Don't forget to make time this weekend for The Artistry of Wigilia: A Polish Christmas crafts and traditions workshop Saturday, November 14th from 1-5 PM at St. Joseph the Provider Church, 633 Porter Avenue, Campbell. Adults $5  Children FREE

Similar to our Easter event last March, this workshop will feature demonstrations and hands-on projects taught by noted Slavic folklorist Lawrence Kozlowski. We all think we know all about Polish Advent and Christmas practices, rituals foods and folk crafts, but he is here to expand our knowledge to some of the regional customs. We even will be making our own oplatek!

Also,since we have had so many requests, we’ve expanded the Polish Kitchen so it will be serving traditional and Christmas Eve food homemade by the grandmas at St. Joe’s. The Polish Bakery will feature tasty homemade kolachi and paczki. All are available to enjoy on site or for take out. Gift shopping can begin in the Polish Marketplace with decorating kits, linens, icons etc. And all of this is in addition to the expert lessons. This event is a fundraiser for Krakowiaki who needs to pay for their new costumes purchased last summer.

Complete details are available HERE 
I hope you will come out and join us!


On Sunday November 15, make time to join the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown in welcoming Mary Kay Pieski, President of the Ohio Chapter of The Kosciuszko Foundation. This meeting is free and open to the public. It will be held on 6th Floor of YSU Library. Pieski will be speaking about opportunities for area residents to participate in the Foundation’s Arts Enriched English Camp.  Learn more about it HERE 


Lastly, we would like to welcome a new member under our PolishYoungstown umbrella, Holy Cross Polish National Catholic parish of Warren. Rev. John A. Rencewicz II is the new pastor both there and in New Castle. Like Aundrea, Father is an alumni of Alliance College and its dance troupe, the Kujawaiki, but unlike her, he makes a mean mushroom soup! Hopefully you’ll get a chance to try it very soon!

Do Zabaczenia!

Your Polish Youngstown Team

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