Najwyższego Pana żniwa,
Łaskawie przyjąć nas i owoce naszej ciężkiej pracy
Lord of the harvest,
Graciously accept us and the fruits of our toil
The chilly weather is creeping in as if to tell us the time to grow is behind us and now is the time to harvest. Even if you don’t even have a tomato plant, join us TONIGHT as we celebrate Dożynki, the Harvest Celebration at Polish Happy Hour on Thursday, Sept 8th 5:30-9 PM at Barry Dyngles on Raccoon Road in Austintown. For 1,000 years in Poland, the tenant farmers presented the Lord and the Lady of the Manor with gifts and garlands of wheat and wild flowers as part of a joyous fall celebration of the harvest. In gratitude, they shared food, drink and music with his tenants.
Our version of this tradition will be to welcome as our honored guest (and non-profit partner for the evening) Mike Iberis, Executive Director of Second Harvest Food Bank of the Mahoning Valley. September is Hunger Action Month so bring a bag full of non-perishable food items for Mike and get entered into a drawing for a door prize!
Additionally, today is Matki Boskiej Zielnej, the Polish Feast of Greenery. So just as our farm-dwelling ancestors brought their baskets and bouquets of herbs, vegetables, and corn, interwoven with a few flowers from the fields and gardens to be the church to be blessed, so will we be bringing our harvest items tonight. My bouquet is sitting here smelling and looking totally fun!
So here is what we want you to do. Bring a sampling of what you have grown this year-herbs, tomatoes, zucchini, whatever-and at 7 PM we will offer a special blessing for your efforts and household. If you have canned peppers, baked zucchini bread or come such, bring it in too. We have a prize for the best tasting homegrown item! Hope to see you there!
If you would like to help put together fun activities like this one while learning more about your Polish heritage and having fun doing it than perhaps it’s time to join the PolishYoungstown Team. We being our new year Oct. 1st so this is the perfect time to jump in! These great and varied programs can’t happen without a lot of creative brains around the table. We welcome any and all interest and are particularly interested in artists, teachers, accountants-- active or retired-- to assist with the implementation and expansion of our ambitious programming. Call 330-646-4082 or write any of us to learn more details.
Had a few new people show up for our Tuesday Polish language class Open House. Next week we start for real so I encourage you to join us. Pani Marta Mazur has really gotten a system down now and is focusing on conversational Polish. Treat yourself to learning basic cultural and language skills like greetings, ordering in a restaurant, simple conversations and even some songs. The cost is $50 including your text books and handouts. Classes are on Tuesdays from 6-8 at St. Casimir. It is never too late to learn a new skill. For more info call 330-354-2190 or check out the website here.
If you would like your child to learn more about your heritage, the Krakowiaki is adopting a Polish School for Kids (ages 3-16) format this fall. Your children will learn Polish language, customs, and traditions, create Polish crafts, sing some Polish songs. Research shows that connecting with their family's past not only helps children understand where they've come from, it reinforces values and traditions that are central to a spiritual life. A strong family tree makes kids feel protected and proud to be who they are. For more information call 330-318-7963.|
Since 1608, when the first Polish settlers arrived at Jamestown, VA, Polish people have been an important part of America's history and culture. In 2011, Polish Americans will mark the 30th Anniversary of the founding of Polish American Heritage Month, an October event, which began in Philadelphia, PA, and became a national celebration of Polish history, culture and pride. Learn more about it here. PolishYoungstown always puts together a full slate of activities for the month to encourage you to celebrate and evangelize about the joys of being Polish. We are putting the finishing touches on our plans and will have them ready for you next week.
In the spirit of the last burst of summer travel, take a moment to enjoy an armchair tour of the Wieliczka Salt Mines courtesy of email we received from a reader this week. It gave such a beautiful review of the facility that I had to share it with you. Situated in the Krakow area, the salt mines were founded in the 12th century and were active until 1996. But the generations of miners did more than just extract. They left behind them a breathtaking record of their time underground in the shape of statues of mythic, historical and religious figures. Check it out here.
Poland News: Polish people are more satisfied with life than the citizens of any other European country, according to a survey by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. It found that in Poland, the effects of the recent financial crises were felt by less than one-third of respondents. In other post communist countries, the figure averaged 70 percent. Learn more this story and other news in Poland at our Polish Media Watch.
COMING UP: The fun continues in September the 46th Annual Polish American Festival this weekend and next at the American Czestochowa Shrine, Doylestown, PA. It is one of the nation’s largest festivals and well worth the trip!... Oktoberfest takes place at Conneaut Lake Park on September 17-18... the Carpatho Rusyn Society is hosting its annual Vatra on Sept 18th... Lawrence County Polish Day at nostalgic Cascade Park will feature Ethnic Jazz and Polka Family Band on Sept. 26th It is sure to be a great time! Looking ahead, the famous Duquesne Tamburitzans are coming to town on Saturday, Oct. 15th to benefit the Youngstown Diocese St. Vincent de Paul Society. Reserve your tickets by calling 330-755-3968.
Do Zobaczenia! (Until we meet again...)
Your PolishYoungstown Team