Join us for the whole afternoon or just for pop in to eat and shop. Our annual Święconka workshop offers all the options! This event is sponsored by PolishYoungstown to benefit its children's programming and scholarship fund. Taking place THIS SATURDAY, April 5 from 11 am – 4 pm at First Presbyterian Church on edge of Downtown Youngstown we are giving you a chance to enjoy your culture a little or a lot.

EGGstravaganza---Let us handle the mess of egg dyes while you enjoy the chance to make beautiful eggs in an old fashion style.  Show up with a dozen eggs or just use one or two of ours.

Folks will be there to give you some one-on-one instruction if you want it, but it can also be your time to just be creative.

Palms, Eggs and Paper Cutting--Folklorist Larry Kozlowski will be joined this year with our own resident “palmist” Bernedette Zubel. The custom for Easter are ones that are acually still observed in Polish custom. The eggs are decorated with many traditional Polish symbols of Easter. Most popular are lamb, cross, floral designs or Easter's greetings such as Wesollego Alleluja. These two love nothing better than sharing their skills with others and making it easy to replicate on your own.

Polish Kids Korner--- will give your children and grandchildren a taste of the Polish traditions of their ancestors during a special kids-only time from 11-noon. They’ll leave with a handmade gift or memento. You’ll have helped them understand a little about your shared history.

We know that’s why so any of you come out to our events. Well, you won’t be disappointed. Chef Tad is whipping up a Polish Easter breakfast for you completely from scratch! Try some traditional żurek wielkanocny (white borscht) w hard boiled eggs, kielbasa medallions and some spicy beet horseradish accompanied by a slice of fresh paska (Easter bread).  Or maybe enjoy some freshly made naleśniki (crepes) with fruit topping. YUM!  We will also have some delicious pączki (lemon like you wanted!), paska bread and kolachi (apricot and nut) to enjoy with us to take home for your Easter celebration.  

If you are like me, you can never have too many wooden Easter eggs, basket or table linens and decorative palms for this time of year.  I will often use this opportunity to purchase items to send to Polish-American friends who don’t have the opportunities to enjoy stuff that we can get here. So to help us with that the Polish Peddler will be on hand with all of these lovely items for us to enjoy. We will even throw in some CHOCOLATE PIEROGI to make your Easter baskets special.
Zapraszamy!  For more information call 330-333-9724.

Polska Kuchina – April
Paska Bread focus of April Saturday Class 
If egg decorating isn’t your thing, perhaps baking with them is more appealing. If so reserve your spot in the kitchen at Święconka on Saturday, April 5 • 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.  There are only a few spots available in Chef Tad’s master bread class.  This is the man to put you straight and get you over your fears of dealing with a yeast recipe.  Plan on getting your hands in the dough and also taking home your own tasty, freshly made loaves! $25 per person, pre-registered. More information or to register call (330) 427-2752.

Polonia Around the Nation
by T. Ron Jasinski-Herbert
How many polka styles are there? 
Polka fans always receive strange looks when they comment on “Chicago style” or Buffalo style.”  Aficionado Paul Gifford has created a tool to help explain it to your friends and family who just don’t get it. He suggested that common repertoires could be the main division, rather than sound or instrumentation. Now he gets really specific in some areas, suggesting that perhaps Italian-American such as The Bonetti Brothers Melody Makers, an Italian band, that was marketed as a general polka band back in the 1940s, should be their own category. That may be TMI for you, but overall it’s worth the read here.

News from Poland
by Ted Mirercki
Former Polish Prime Minister named to Vatican pedophilia group
Hanna Suchocka, the nation’s only female prime minister, has been ask by Poe Francis to serve with three other Learn more about this story, the latest Polish perspectives on Ukraine conflict and NATO in the most recent edition of Polish Media Watch. 

Calendar Highlights
Every Wednesday until Easter 6 PM Gorzkie Zale (Lenten Lamentations) at St. Stanislaus Kostka. Afterward, head downstairs and donate some time at PM Pierogi with St. Stan’s pierogi team... April 20-21 25th Anniversary Dyngus Day Celebrations, Buffalo... April 21 Dyngus Day, Cleveland... Sunday, April 27 2 PM Papal Canonization Celebration, St. Columba Cathedral... Thursday, May 1 Historia: Polish History for Americans begins... Friday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy, the moving, live production, St. Anthony Church, Youngstown… May 12-14 Phase II Peterson Park Bricking Project continues... July 6-12, 2014 Polish Youth Summer Camp. Contact us re scholarships available... Our complete 2014 calendar of event dates is available on the PolishYoungstown website... don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for quicker updates.

Do Zobaczenia!

Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team


Video of the Month

Polish Media Watch

Polish Words of the Month
February                       Luty
Valentine’s Day             Walentynki
Happy Valentine’s Day  Szczęśliwych Walentynek
I love you                      Kocham Cię
Greeting cards              Pocztówki z życzeniami
Flower bouquets           bukiety kwiatów
Perfumes                      perfumy
Candies                        czekoladki, słodkości
Rings                            pierścionki
Chocolates                   czekolady
Gift baskets                  kosze upominkowe