Do It Yourself Traditional Wigilia-with a little help, companionship of friends
Considered the most important night of the year in Poland, Wigilia brings back memories of family togetherness, the spirit of the holidays and numerous courses of food. All the dishes are meatless and should be made from foods that come from the four corners of the earth: forest, sea, field, and orchard. Polish cooks over the centuries had to be very resourceful, working within these limitations, and it is a tribute to their creativity that they came up with such a rich variety of recipes. These meals were lovingly prepared by Mama, Ciocia or many of us weren’t there to learn how it was done. Adding to that, who has time to devote days to this project? So instead of giving up the tradition, let’s do it together! Chef Tad has brought together some of the community’s most talented to share their recipes so you can Make & Take Wigilia staples: mushroom soup, beet soup, compote, honey cake, honey vodka, noodles, pierogi and kolache.  Just bring an apron and plenty of take-out containers, bags and tin foil. All other supplies will be provided.  Class: Saturday, December 13, 2014, 12 PM Cost: $35 pp To register, go online to the website or call 330-333-9724.

Polish Happy Hour celebrates the Christmas Season
Join us for a festive, relaxed holiday celebration on WEDNESDAY, December 10, 2014, 5:30- 9 PM at Christopher’s Downtown in the basement of City Centre One/ the PNC Bank Building on East Federal Street. This is always one of our favorite gatherings of the year as we break together, toast the season and sing kolędy. We will be joined by Troy Gawlak on concertina so we can sing all of your favorites! This will be an extra special celebration as it will the last for Ken Shirilla as our PHH Chairman (volunteers &suggested replacements welcome!). Ken will be living in Krakow for three months starting this in Spring 2015 so our PHH experience will have to be a vicarious thrill. I hope you can help us send him off in a grand fashion. Parking is on street but I would recommend the large parking lot at the neighboring Commerce Building. For more info, call 330-333-9724.

Showin’ our holiday spirit at Millcreek Park
Polish Youngstown is one of 45 not-for-profit organizations decorating a tree at the Davis Center in Mill Creek Metroparksfor the Winter Celebration 2014 being held throughout December. Keeping with our old-style theme, we are continuing to make paper stars and acquiring straw ornaments from Poland to adorn the tree.  As a special added treat in keeping with the park gingerbread theme, the Team created gingerbread Krakowianki that are cute enough to eat. Share in the holiday spirit and make a point to check it out this month. Trees up until January 4.  Post your picture in front of the tree on our Facebook page and be eligible to receive your own charming gingerbread pair!

Last call for holiday Sękacz cakes
This week is your last chance to get a Sękacz cake to enjoy with the family during the holidays. If you want to just try a sampler, we ordered a couple cakes prepared merely in nice, thick slices too. This popular event cake from eastern Poland is made from a rich batter contains 40 or 50 eggs poured patiently by the ladle full for hours onto a rotary spit in open oven or over a very hot wood-burning fire.  Make it part of your holiday tradition! Learn more. For more info, call 330-333-9724.

News from Poland By Ted Mierecki
EU Moves Eastward With Tusk Taking Presidency
Observers have high hopes for former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as he starts his new job as president of the European Council, which gathers EU leaders. Some people say he took the post at least partly because it will give him a chance to place Polish concerns at the center of EU policymaking in times of confrontation with Russia over Ukraine. The main tasks of whoever has that job are to preside over the EU's most important lawmaking body, to skillfully draft the agendas of council meetings, and to silently and effectively negotiate compromises on countless legislative measures.Read more about this and other stories in the most recent edition of Polish Media Watch.

Calendar Highlights
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10 5:30- 9 PM Polish Happy Hour, Christopher’s Downtown... Saturday, Dec.13 12 PM Polska Kuchnia hosts Wigilia Prep class… Sunday, Dec. 14 12:30 PM Wigilia Celebration, Polish Centrum, Slavic Village, Cleveland... Jan. 11, 2015 Kosciuszko Foundation Summer Teaching in Poland applications due... Kulig... Saturday, Feb. 14 Love-themed Ostatki... Tuesday, February 17 Pączki, Polkas & Piwo... July 2015 Tour of Eastern Poland... Sunday, August 30 Polish Day 2015...

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Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team
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