Join us for Ostatki Friday, February 5, 2016 at 6:30pm. When we host a party, we like to make sure there is always something new and fun for you to look forward to enjoying!  This annual Mardi Gras celebration is our most popular spring event. This year, we are adding a bit of class to the 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. We will be starting off in that fashion with a Polish appetizer display brought back by popular demand. Featuring assorted kielbasa, pickled mushrooms, and herring, pickles, rye bread, pumpernickel bread and, of course, pierogi, it 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 2016 Paczki King or Queen if he or she has picked the pączki with the hidden gold coin! Make your reservations today!

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 7th Annual Vodka Cocktail Contest. This year we have stepped it up a notch and made 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. Each of the contestants’ drinks will be available for you to try for yourself – as they will compete for the People’s Choice Award! So obviously there will be plenty for everybody that night!
NEW 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 hardly ever 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 7th Annual Vodka Cocktail Contest on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7PM at Suzie’s Dogs & Drafts. For more information, call 330-333-9724.

Paczki Dash! A Fun Winter 5K!
We all make New Year’s resolutions to be a little healthier. Well, this year we mean it! Feel better about eating those decadent Polish pączki on Fat Tuesday or just enjoy the winter scenery.  Sponsored by Kravitz Delicatessen, Kiedrowski’s Simply Delicious Bakery, the Rotary Club, Home Savings & Loan and part of Vertical Runner’s Trail Mix Series, our inaugural 5K route winds through the woods of beautiful Poland Forest and benefits the programs of the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County. As an added attraction, a pączek will be served to each finisher! Just show up for the fun! Learn more here, sign up or 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 9 from 7:30 AM – 8 PM at both Kravitz Delicatessen locations! Larry Walk gets the party started spinning some of your favorites in the morning. Back by popular demand are the Pączki Polka All-Stars in the afternoon and after dinner. Looking for a quieter celebration? Join our own Mary Ann Mylnarski for a paper crafts workshop at the Poland Library. Add to this Kiedrowski’s delicious paczki 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. Learn more here.

Pre-order your paczki
It’s that time of year! I know we all vowed to cut down on our calories and gluten intake, but you’ve got to make an exception for this annual pre-Lenten delight.  With the help of Kiedrowski’s Simply Delicious Bakery, we are ready to satisfy even the most indulgent sweet tooth with all of your favorite flavors, including the nontraditional custard! Traditionally, Polish families made pączki and other treats on this day to use up all the sugar and fat in the house that were forbidden during Lent.  Proceeds benefit our children’s programming and fledgling scholarship fund! If you wait until Fat Tuesday, the price goes up and we can’t guarantee what flavors will be available.  For more information, call 330-333-9724.

Polonia around the Nation
Keep the polkas playing
The International Polka Association has been soliciting supporters to sign a petition to keep polkas on the air at  WMUA on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Youngstown’s own Lucas Politsky brought this to our attention, saying he is a regular listener to the station thanks to live streaming on the Polka Jammer Network on the weekends. In his years of listening, Politsky  says he has heard WMUA hosts mention Youngstown from time to time, notably when talking about Kuzman’s, Bruno Mikos, and Del Sinchak. While other internet polka radio stations play various sub-genres of polka, Polka Jammer Network plays almost exclusively Polish styles. Check it out and consider supporting the cause by signing the digital petition here.

Thank you!

Calendar Highlights
Saturday, January 31 Kiedrowski’s Annual Paczki Ball, Lorraine... February 5 8th Annual Ostatki Celebration, Youngstown Country Club... Saturday, February 6  Paczki Dash 5K @ Poland Forest... 3rd Annual Slovenian Kurentovanje, Cleveland... Tuesday, February 9 Paczki, Polkas & Piwo @ Kravitz Deli, Belmont Ave... Tuesday, February 23 Polish Baltic Philharmonic Orchestra EJ Thomas Hall, Akron... Saturday, June 18 Simply Slavic... July 24 DOY to World Youth Day in Kraków... SATURDAY August 27 Polish Heritage Day... October Tour to Poland w Fr. Joseph Rudjak... And you know there will be more to come!

Do Zobaczenia!
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team