|Sorry Dads of the Mahoning Valley**...there is nothing else on our minds going into this weekend but the inaugural day of the city’s first downtown event celebrating our colorful Slavic heritage. Simply Slavic will take place on Saturday, June 18th from Noon-11 PM on Federal Plaza East. The event was created to educate both the region’s large number of Slavic descendants and the community-at-large about Slavic heritage. |
“For years, we ‘hunkies’ were sometimes the butt of discrimination and jokes, now this is a chance for us to come out and celebrate together,” says Ken Shirilla, Polish Happy Hour Chair and Coordinator of Simply Slavic, adding that it has been said that, when all combined, those of Slavic heritage might even outnumber Italian descendants. These modern-day nations in Europe represent the origins of our Slavic ancestors: Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Ukraine. “Individually, our group’s numbers may seem small, but together, we represent a powerful presence in the Mahoning Valley and this is our chance to be proud of it!” For the moderate entrance fee of $2, the event will accomplish this by featuring live music, folk dance performances, homemade food, children’s learning areas, educational exhibits and workshops and ethnic vendors. Unique to this event are the following:
Ø An Ecumenical Prayer Blessing and Parade of Flags with representatives from a variety of faiths and parishes;
Ø A Slavic Beer Garden featuring a tasting “flight” of more than a half dozen imports;
Ø A Baking Contest where amateurs and professionals alike can compete to be the Slavic Backing Champ, and you can bid to take home those tasty baked goodies in the Baked Good Auction, and;
Ø A Euro Disco with DJ Richard Elmsworth showcasing the modern Eastern European dance music for the young and the “young-at-heart” will end the night. The weather is supposed to cooperate so come on down especially to enjoy some Polish Arts Club pierogi and Krakowiaki pączki!
** Father's Day is not just an American holiday; it is celebrated around the world. However, the officially recognized date varies from country to country. In Poland that date is June 23rd, the day they celebrate in Poland! So if you want to surprise your Pop, maybe bring him some pierogi. Or if he’s gone, like my Daddy, Andrew Cika, drink a Żywiec beer in his honor.
In our last newsletter we talked about Sobotka being voted the best Polish Happy Hour 2010…well I guess it is in the running for the award this year too! The rain never came, there was a cool breeze, the parking lot was full, the Chardon Polka Band was fabulous, there was a lot of dancing and food NEVER ran out! Imported Tyski beer, summery, black currant vodka cocktails with the newly released Vesica vodka and our old favorite Żubrówka Bison Grass vodka cocktails were celebratory and packed a punch. The traditional St John’s Eve flower wreaths petite with a votive in the center were the perfect size to float on the reflecting pool. If you haven’t done so already, you should consider marking the 2nd Thursday of every month on there. You never know what kind of fun we will cook up for Polish Happy Hour!! See the pics here.
COMING UP: June 25th 11am Veteran’s Monument Dedication in Peterson Park, Poland...Aug. 28th Polish Day 2011.
Your PolishYoungstown Team