|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 event, which began in Philadelphia, PA, and became a national celebration of Polish history, culture and pride. Learn more about it here.At PolishYoungstown we consider it our mission to educate you on your heritage and help you share your pride in it. This month we are going all out! Go to our website to see the complete list of wide and varied festivities we have put together to mark this special month.|
We’ve tried to offer something for everybody, but the Polish American Journal went one step further. Culture Editor and friend of PolishYoungstown Staś Kmieć put together a list of 100 Things Every Polish American Should Do for this special month. The list will be completed in October in celebration of the paper’s 100th Anniversary. Kmieć asks the question “Are you Polish in name only or are you a “Practicing Pole?” Check it out. Did they miss anything you do?
Let us know how you would answer here!
The struggles of the Polish and other ethnic parishes in Cleveland Diocese won’t take a break to celebrate this month. Although last week they did enjoy a small reprieve. The Vatican has given itself a fourth extension to review appeals from churches closed last year by Bishop Richard Lennon. It is speculated that the delay could be related to a recent investigation of Lennon by the Vatican. Read the story here.
I am such a sucker for the flash mob concept even when it is obviously not random, but instead choreographed. I just think it would make a trip to the mall so much more entertaining if the person next to you in line burst into song…check out this one from Musical Theater ROMA in Warsaw.
If you want to take your passion for Poland to the next level perhaps a Fellowships in East European Studies is for you. The American Council of Learned Societies is seeking applications from research and writing fellows as well as pre-tenure scholars. Learn more about it here.
Would you or have you lived in Poland or elsewhere abroad for a year? Would it change you? I am one of only a couple of friends from Alliance College that didn’t take advantage of that opportunity and still regret it. Check out the slide show in our Video of the Month slot on our homepage. Do you agree? Share your experience here.
It’s back to school time and for many of us that means more serious reading. One book you may want to consider is Warrior Priest by regional author Mike Johnson. World War II is a story told most often through the eyes of national leaders, generals and, occasionally, infantrymen. This story pulls the reader in by weaving together the lives of everyday people in unforgettable ways. Meticulously researched, the book’s characters interact with real-life people in historically authentic locales and situations and in an accurate chronology from 1939 through 1946.
Krakowiaki is adopting its new format of a Polish School for Kids (ages 3-16) with a parent meeting starting TONIGHT at its new home St. Casimir Church at 6 PM. Children will learn Polish language, customs, and traditions, create Polish crafts, sing some Polish songs. They even learned how to pinch pierogi! If you would like your child to learn more about your heritage, call 330-318-7963.
If you want to give folk dance a try, we have been invited to participate in Zatańczmy, a gala celebration of Polish Folk Dance on Nov. 19th in Cleveland and are learning a new, 10-minute suite from the region of Kurpie in Eastern Poland. The tempos vary and are considered easy and fun for all ages and levels of experience. This is the perfect way to try it out, meet some new people and be done in only a three afternoon workshops. If interested, call 330-646-4082.
Poland News: It seems that the Mahoning Valley isn’t the only area exploring the potential of shale gas. Rural Poland is looking to exploit its shale gas reserves by the controversial method of 'fracking.’ Learn more this story and other news in Poland at our Polish Media Watch.
Coming Up: Sunday, October 2 The Boys come to Kuzman's Lounge…Tuesday, October 4 7 PM Solidarity: The Movement that Changed History at the McDonough Museum… October 7 – 9 Genealogy Exploration at the Polonica American Research Institute on the beautiful Orchard Lake, MI…Saturday, Oct. 15th the famous Duquesne Tamburitzans are coming to town on to benefit the Youngstown Diocese St. Vincent de Paul Society. Reserve your tickets now at 330-755-3968.
Do Zobaczenia! (Until we meet again…)
Your PolishYoungstown Team