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The vodka and beer have arrived and the tickets are on sale!! Time to make your plans to attend this year's most elegant of Polish events! We have added a lot of class to this already chic event by hosting it at the region's historic and premiere location – the Youngstown Country Club. Since 1898, The YCC has been one of the nation's most exquisite and premier private clubs…and their members were eager to have us back!  We will be starting off by with a Polish touch with an appetizer display brought back by popular demand. Thanks to some generous donors Krakus Deli will be rolling out their best "szlachta" menu of salmon, caviar, kielbasa and herring will be a flavorful first course.  This will be complimented by a delicious hosted tasting of Polish vodkas, beers and spirytus as well as a tasting table provided by our friends at Ytown Vodka.  To keep it stylish, we have invited Radek Fizek, former Mazowsze member, to entertain us with his amazing violin, vocals and DJ music. His great music sets the tone for the evening as guests enjoy trivia meet-and-greets, bead contests, elegant basket raffles, and others games. But there is more!  The delicious pączki will be presented in grand fashion by the Ladies of the Team.  Then the "Pączki Parada" begins as all the attendees line up to choose their chubby little pączek.  One lucky person will reign as the 2017 Paczki King or Queen if he or she has picked the donut with the hidden gold coin!
Why not bring along a non-Polish friend to enjoy the festivities? Sometimes we are hesitant to bring them along to Polish Day with all the polkas, pierogi and folk dance but seriously---who wouldn't enjoy this?!
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Polish Happy Hour hosts Vodka Cocktail Contest
It's time again for one of our favorite nights of the year-the region's only such event--our 8th Annual Vodka Cocktail Contest. Again this year we are making it its own fun party! Hosted by Suzie's Dogs & Drafts and sponsored by Y-Town Vodka, our annual competition welcomes both amateurs and professionals. So if you think you mix a mean drink, you can compete against some veterans and other home-grown mixologists. Bartenders from some of Youngstown's hippest  establishments-and Polish Happy Hour host locations-will compete head to head while our Host narrates the fun. All will be competing for cash prizes and bragging rights as judges test each drink for creativity, flavor and originality. The selected cocktail will be the Signature Drink for Ostatki the next night.

BACK THIS YEAR - FLAIR Bartending Demo! 
Eat your heart out, Tom Cruise-this cool cocktail entertainment didn't stop with your movie Cocktail! Sometimes referred to as "extreme bartending" or contracted to "flairtending," flair is when there is fancy showmanship added to the making of your drink. Recently, there is a noticeable rise in bartenders combining prominent mixology knowledge and working flair skills all over the world. Working flair requires precision and practice and is rarely available in Ytown. However, we have brought two of the Valley's retired national competitors out of retirement for this event!  ZAPRASZAMY! Join us for our 8th Annual Vodka Cocktail Contest on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 7PM at Suzie's Dogs & Drafts. For more information call 330-333-9724.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday in a festive fashion
Finally the big day arrives and we will be ready at Pączki, Polkas and Piwo (translated as Donuts, Dancing and Draught) on Fat Tuesday February 28 from 8 AM - 8 PM at ALL Kravitz Delicatessen locations! Larry Walk gets the party started spinning some of your favorites in the morning. Look for the party to travel from Poland, to the Davis Center @ Millcreek Park and to the Deli on Belmont Avenue. Back by popular demand are the Pączki Polka All-Stars in the evening for dinner. Add to this Kiederowski's delicious pączki and Jack's great food specials; then wash it all done with some nice cold Zywiec, and you got the makings for a great Pre-Lenten celebration. For more information call 330-333-9724.

Polonia around the Nation

Pączki Party marks 20th Year!
The paczki will be trayed, the band will be playing, the food will be delicious, and the drinks will surely be flowing if you choose to celebrate an evening with our favorite pączki baker and his family and staff at Kiederowski's Annual Paczki Ball on Sunday, February 19 in Lorraine. A regional tradition, the celebration is a customer thank you for a year of business but is purposely timed to highlight Mike & Terry Kiederowski's signature pączki!

Call for scholarships
The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown is proud to announce it is now seeking applicants for its annual scholarships. Polish descent is not mandatory. The deadline to apply is February 27. The winners of the varied scholarships will be announced at the group's 81st Annual Scholarship Art, Music & Tea Reception. It will take place on Sunday March 5, 2017 from 1:00 - 4:00 P.M. at the Butler Institute of American Art - North. A traditional tea event with homemade cookies and treats will follow. This event is FREE and open to the public.  For more information or to receive an application call 330-759-2505 or click HERE.

Calendar Highlights
Sunday, February 19 Kiederowski's 20th Annual Paczki Ball, Lorraine... February 25 8th Annual Ostatki Celebration, Youngstown Country Club... Slovenian Kurentovanje Parade & Festival, Cleveland... Tuesday, February 28 Paczki, Polkas & Piwo @ Kravitz Deli, Belmont Ave... Sunday, March 5 Polish Arts Tea @ Butler Art Museum... Saturday, June 17 Simply Slavic... Sunday, August 27 Polish Heritage Day... And you know there will be more to come!

Do Zobaczenia!
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team


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