What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2010-01-06 12:21:14
Issue #: 35

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Dosiego Roku!

Many customs, ceremonies and beliefs are associated with the New Year celebrations in Poland. According to the folklore Pope Sylvester I is said to have imprisoned a dragon called Leviathan who was supposedly able to escape on the first day of the year and indulged in great mischief. The demon had the power to devour the land and the people, and set fire to the heavens. On New Year's Day, when the demon was imprisoned there was great rejoicing and from then on this day was called Sylwester, or St Sylvester's Eve.

The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown will host Virginia Skrzyniarz and other members of the Hamtramck-based Piast Institute to talk about the U.S. Census exclusion of an ancestry question and its affect on Polonia.  As part of their effort to address this issue, this national institute for Polish and Polish-American Affairs has initiated an online survey to find out more about the attitudes of Polish Americans of all generations in regard to key public issues, their ideas for the future of our community and their feelings about the values that should motivate Polonia. The questionnaire is 49 questions and is completely anonymous. To make your voice heard click HERE. They will discuss preliminary results and have surveys available to complete on Sunday, January 10th at 2 PM at the Poland Library. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

There is still time to sign up for our fun, conversation-based Polish language and culture classes! We are set to begin on Tuesday Jan. 12th from 6-8 PM at Pig Iron Press 26 North Phelps Street in downtown Youngstown and will run through the spring. Tuition is $50.. Martyna Matusiak, our instructor, will be available for private lessons between 3-6 PM on Tuesdays too! A class syllabus outline and registration are available HERE. Come join us for this great cultural learning experience! These classes are in addition to the FREE Basic Polish classes currently being offered on Tuesday mornings 11:30-1 PM at Sts. Peter & Paul. For more information call 330-793-5925.

The Poles celebrate the New Year with great warmth and gusto. Popular New Year festivities include a Kulig or hayride into the forest with a bonfire and grand dinners with sausages and bigos. We don’t know that we can embrace the winter with such spirit, but for Polish Happy Hour on Thursday, January 14th we hope to offer you a little of that flavor. Stay tuned for details!

Ostatki: A Polish Carnival Celebration!  is back at The Youngstown Club on Saturday, February 6th at  7 PM.  In addition to Chef Rob’s famous tiny potato pancakes and other appetizers, we’ve got a whole new set of trivia questions and prizes to go with them. We’ve already started finding the unique vodkas and beers not normally available in Ohio. Live music, dancing, and, paczki, too!  You don’t want to miss it. Tickets are $30 advance/$40 at the door. Call 330-719-0415 for information. Make your reservations HERE.

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