What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2010-12-02 11:39:08
Issue #: 81

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A dusting of snow on the ground is the perfect addition to enhance everyone’s growing holiday excitement. At PolishYoungstown we are particularly in high gear since the biggest chunk of our Christmas celebration is taking place this week!

Thanks to those who gathered last night at the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Garden to help Community Outreach Coordinator Marianne Poprik transform this plain Christmas tree into a Polish
choinka. This effort is part of the Community Christmas Tree Project and it is our first year to participate. All the trees will be in their splendor at their Gardens by Candlelight event on Dec. 12th. If you go to see our results, look for our tree on the lower level. Learn more about how Poles decorate their trees here.

We have been blessed by some generous donations to our
Adopt a Polish Soldier program. Special thanks go out to the Polish American Congress-Ohio Division, Union of Poles, S&D, Seven Roses and Krakow delis for their help filling the boxes. There is still room for greeting cards and personal comfort items. Donations can be brought to Krakowiaki practice at St. Joseph the Provider tonight. Major Lori Ankabrandt, seen here with Gen. Józef Nasiadka, asked us to help her create a Christmas celebration for the Polish soldiers in Kabul, Afghanistan. If you want to help, contact Marianne Poprik Learn more about the project here.

Response has been great for to this weekend’s
Polish Arts Club of Youngstown Wigilia Dinner at The Youngstown Club on Sunday, December 5th. The event includes a special Christmas concert by the orchestra and choir of the Mazowsze Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble. Listen to a sample here. We are very excited to see many new faces in attendance. Unfortunately, there will be no sales at the door. Gift baskets for the Silent Auction are still needed if you feel moved to donate. On Monday, December 6th 2010 the entire troupe will be performing at the State Theatre in Cleveland. Mezzanine seats are reserved in a PolishYoungstown bloc and include a Cast Party with the Mazowsze after the show.

It is an incredible way to celebrate the holidays, but it won’t be the only thing we are doing! Take time out of your busy December schedule and plan to join us for a warm, friendly
Polish Happy Hour event at the family owned Struthers’s Rips Café on Dec. 9th and the Krakowiaki become kolendnicy when they invite you to join them for a round of Christmas caroling on Dec. 17th. We hope you will make time to toast the season with us at least once.

We are dedicated to sharing our Polish heritage with members of the community. If you in turn want to share it with the young people in your life, there is a new book out
that can help. Wigilia: A tale about a Polish-American Family on Christmas Eve is a story about three children preparing for Christmas Eve dinner. It is written in English, but incorporates Polish words throughout and even has a glossary in the back! It has a glossary in the back. Check it out here. Part of that special Wigilia celebration is the custom of sharing the oplatek. Claire Anderson, a doctoral student at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago has decided to make the importance of this custom part of her research and has asked our help. She has a survey asking for your thoughts on the custom. Help her out by taking a moment to respond here.

Pierogi Making goes into high gear this month at St. Stanislaus to meet Christmas orders. Jump in if you can! There will also be the usual pierogi making sessions on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8-Noon and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8 PM. Also at St. Stan’s, if you want to enjoy a Polish mass, better make it over to 9 AM service this month, too. Fr. Neroda is only able to do one mass a weekend so the church may have to phase out the all-Polish mass in 2011. Don’t forget, Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve includes a memorable choral performance there too!

Update: The Wall Street Journal gets it: Auschwitz was not a Polish concentration camp. The paper has officially changed its style guide to make sure that reporters refer to it as a German camp. It's time for the rest of the American media to do the same. Every day thousands of more names appear on the Kosciuszko Foundation's petition. To add your name, click here.

Do Zobaczenia!
Your PolishYoungstown Team



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