What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2010-01-20 07:07:51
Issue #: 38

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Thanks to all that came out to make last week’s Polish Happy Hour Youngstown at Vintage Estate Wine & Beer in Boardman legendary! It no doubt is listed as one of our most fun events ever. Our special guests from Cleveland were very impressed with your warm and friendliness and can’t wait until we host an event up north. We can’t say enough about a host that jumps in with our musicians and starts playing the washboard like Phill Reda did! See him and other photos from the evening here. His Yowsa stretched flatbreads kept people satisfied and were an interesting compliment to our sampling of Polish sweet wines from Nalewka Babuni. I can promise you this will not be the last time we enjoy the hospitality of this fun bar and retailer!

As part of the activities, we unveiled the long-awaited itinerary for this summer’s trip to Poland 2010 as well as the plan and costs for our spring bus trips to Paczki Day and Dyngus Day.  We encourage each of you to consider making the time to join us on one or all of these adventures. If you like PHH, you can imagine how fun it is to extend it to all day, over night or two weeks! 

It is time to make your reservations for Ostatki: A Polish Carnival Celebration!  We are back at The Youngstown Club on Saturday, February 6th at  7 PM.  A summary of the plan for the evening and pictures from last year’s event are available here. A NEW addition to the activities this year we will be conducting a Vodka Cocktail Contest. Bartenders from a number of Youngstown's hippest establishments--and PHH host locations--will be competing for prizes before a panel of celebrity judges based on creativity, flavor and originality. Each of the contestants’ drinks will be available for you to try for yourself afterward! Of course there is the paczki parade and prizes, 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.

Our sympathies go out to the friends and family of Polka Hall of Famer Stas Bulanda who died this month after a short battle with cancer. He played Kuzman’s Lounge just last year. Information on this fabulous entertainer is available here.

There is still time to for you to join in the fun of our Polish lessons. Our progress is not swift. Classes are Tuesdays from 6-8 PM at Sts. Peter & Paul downtown and will run through the spring. Tuition is $50.Thanks to a special donation from Fr. Joe Rudjak, Martyna, our instructor, is available for private lessons between 3:30-5:30 PM too! Information and registration are available here. Remember, these classes are in addition to the FREE Polish classes currently being offered on Tuesday mornings 11:30-1 PM at Sts. Peter & Paul. For more information call 330-793-5925.

The deadline to apply for the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown 2010 scholarships is January 29th. The winners of the five $500 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 21st 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 here.

The Piast Institute would like to inform Polonia that this your last chance to be counted! The Modern Polonia Survey will be closing on January 25th. If you have not yet completed this anonymous, 49 question questionnaire, please do so before the deadline. The survey can be accessed here. 

Earlier this month, the Polish American Historical Association recognized The Peasant Prince as "an important monograph that has contributed to the Polish experience in the United States." On Feb. 2, Author Alex Storozynski will be awarded "The Tadeusz Walendowski Prize" from the Polish Library in Washington D.C. Walendowski was a journalist, filmmaker and dissident who worked during the communist era in Poland. He later settled in the United States and worked for the Voice of America, and co-founded the Polish Library in Washington D.C.  You can see that this is a book worth reading. Order your copy today for
34% off here.

Do Zabaczenia!

Your PolishYoungstown Team


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