What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2010-04-30 06:38:51
Issue #: 55

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The weather is supposed to be grand this weekend so why not use it to celebrate Polish Constitution Weekend in Cleveland on April 30-May 2. This year PolishYoungstown joined the organization is hosting a big Polish Happy Hour celebration on Friday night at the Blue Moose in Parma and would love to have you join us to show the Clevelanders that we know how to have fun! Want to car pool? Let us know!! We are excited to announce that Lauren Lotze, daughter PYtownTeam member of Lisa Lotze, is representing us as a candidate for the Miss Polonia Pageant on Saturday night. Many of you may remember Lauren (shown here on left with our own Pani Polonia Agi ) as one of our friendly bartenders from last year’s Polish Day. We are also having a float in Sunday’s Grand Parade! Won’t you join with us in the fun? Check out the schedule and come celebrate the principals of freedom that the Polish Constitution represents to all people! What is all the fuss about? Europe's first written constitution was in Poland! It embodied many of the same democratic principals contained in our U.S. constitution. In fact, some of the U.S. Constitution’s language can be traced back to Polish philosophers whose books were on the shelf in Jefferson's library.  This common devotion to the cause of liberty and freedom is why Polish Americans celebrate the anniversary of the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791. For more than a half century the Ohio Division of the Polish American Congress has hosted NE Ohio's Constitution celebrations. Learn more about the important document HERE.

More than 150 people were on hand at YSU last weekend for the screening of the documentary, “In the Name of Their Mothers,” the remarkable story of Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic social worker who is credited with saving some 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII.  Filmmaker Mary Skinner, the documentary’s director, described her creation of the documentary as a “labor of love” in honor of her mother, a Polish, Catholic WWII orphan from Warsaw. Skinner said that she developed a great “affinity” for Sendler, particularly noting how a group of women summoned the strength and bravery needed to save the lives of innocent children. Skinner moved to Warsaw in 2004 and spent five months interviewing Sendler.  She also shot 70 hours of interviews of other rescuers and hidden children, and conducted four years of archival research for the project.  Learn more about the event
HERE. Skinner has graciously gifted the organizations with a copy of the film so that it may be loaned out for future screenings.

The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle conducted an informational session at the YSU English Festival earlier this week. Choreographer Cathy Pilat Katrenich with the help of three costumed dancer enlightened the high school students about Poland, its history and culture. The two dozen or so students tried on costumes and even got up and danced! See some pics and video HERE. The group was invited by PYtownTeam member & YSU English department staffer Angela Messenger as a tie in to the featured book In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer, the Irene Gut Updike story.  Learn more about her and the book HERE.

Spring is in the air. As you start your spring cleaning don't forget about our on going Polish Suitcases Project. We are asking the Polish community through out Mahoning Valley to share their Polish memorabilia, books, DVDs, crafts as well as stories and photos of Poles who had made their mark in our Valley. The donated items will be used to create a teacher’s resource at the Mahoning Valley Historical Society. The best way to teach people about our heritage is to share it with them! We will have a collection station at all of our Polish Happy Hour events as well as Polish Day in August, but you can always contact Marta Mazur at 330.261.4263 for information.

As you are cleaning house perhaps you can room for more amber. The International Amber Association has been very helpful to us with materials. They have just gone live with a Facebook page so check them out. Just search for “International Amber Association.

COMING UP: Polish Day at the Pittsburgh Pirates is May 8thFabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz” at the Butler only until May 23rd. St. Stanislaus PM Pierogi is back on May 26th. Come learn the art of making these tasty treats!

Do Zobaczenia!
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