|Christmas in Krakow
Thanks to its climate, spectacular architecture and rich traditions that enliven the festive season, Krakow may well aspire to the title of the world's capital of white Christmas. At the outset of December there is the near inevitability of snow, blanketing the old buildings and muffling the sounds of modern life. The fairyland scenery of the old city’s numerous Gothic churches and Baroque palaces is unique. Add to that the seasonal street decorations and window-dressing, omnipresent noel tunes, shopping sprees and universal well-wishing and it becomes magical. Then, for the whole of December, a traditional market is erected on the western side of the city's Rynek Glowny (Grand Square). Scores of wooden huts, arranged in close-packed rows that replicate the feel of markets from the Middle Ages, offer all kinds of arts and crafts. Traditional Polish ceramics, wooden figures and simple toys, lacework, textiles, trinkets and handmade Christmas decorations interspersed with giant barrels that turn out to be stalls selling the famous grzaniec galicyjski (Polish mulled wine). Also to be tried is oscypek, grilled smoked cheese from the mountains, and maybe one of those freshly-grilled famous Polish sausages. Another highlight comes next week when the annual szopki (Christmas cribs) display takes place on the city's Rynek Glowny (Grand Square). Participating again this year is David Motak, Communications Director of the Polish Falcons and American expert on this unique tradition. MORE
Join us as Christmas Celebrations begin in the Valley
This week the holiday season begins big and we want you to join us! Friday night is the kickoff party for Simply Slavic 2012 at the Lemon Grove…Saturday we have a float in the holiday parade then we head out to carol, light the tree at Peterson Park and begin the holiday celebrations in Poland Village.
Last chance to reserve your spot at Wigilia …
On Sunday The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown will host its annual enchanting Christmas Eve dinner. There is limited seating this year so reserve your spot now! The event will take place Sunday, December 4 from 12-5 PM at The Youngstown Club. Bring your checkbook because you will want to do some Christmas shopping at this year’s Polish Christmas Market featuring some of your favorite folk art vendors. Additionally will enjoy delicious food, “Andrzejki” fortune telling and a big basket raffle. Special Polish folk entertainment this year is an interactive theatre presentation of the traditional “Jasełka,” or nativity play performed in English but including Polish koledy, Christmas carol sing-a-long. Call 330-647-9634 for more info.
Enjoy a special holiday treat
One of the items in the auction will be an oversized sękacz cake straight form the bakery in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle is importing these incredible, extra rich pound cakes unique items for your holiday enjoyment. Check out the video of how it made in our hompage video. The sale has been extended until December 8th and we will have a cake for sampling Wigilia. But remember, there are only a limited number so get your order in now. Call 330-550-0134 or download a form here.
Speaking of traditional foods…
Pierogi making goes into high gear this month at St. Stanislaus to meet Christmas orders. Jump in if you can! There will be the usual pierogi making sessions on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8-Noon and Wednesday evenings from 5:30-8 PM. If you only want to eat the fruit of others labors, now is the time to place your Christmas Eve orders Call 330-747-3024 $5.50/dozen for potato, kraut, cottage cheese with limited orders being taken.
Polish Delegation NOT in Ytown
Thousands of people crowded into the Covelli Center yesterday to learn more about shale gas opportunities at the Chamber of Commerce’s YOUNG2011. Unfortunately, the Polish delegation will not be in attendance. The silver lining is that they want to come for their own visit to the Mahoning Valley in early 2012 to discuss their shale interests. PolishYoungstown still went. We were the only nonprofit organization invited to participate in the even;gs reception. We served homemade pierogi, golabki, bigos and a small display of things Polish and our activities.
News from Poland
Toys "R" Us opens in Warsaw
Polish parents can now experience the annoyance of demanding, whiny children craving the latest item thanks to the newest chain store opening last week in the Blue City Shopping Center in Warsaw. The purchasing power and interest in foreign brands is attracting many international retailers to Poland. The company has already announced further expansion plans into other major cities in Poland in 2012. MORE
Wałęsa on the big screen
Oscar-winning director Andrzej Wajda has begun filming a biopic in Poland about former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa. Read more about this story and other news in Poland at our Polish Media Watch
Thursday, Dec. 1 First Friday Club… Friday, Dec. 2, Kick Off for Simply Slavic... Saturday Dec. 3, 3 PM Youngstown Holiday Parade…Sunday, Dec. 4 Polish Arts Club Wigilia …Thursday, Dec. 8 PHH at the Arms Museum…Sunday, Dec. 11 New Castle American Polish Central Committee Wigilia Christmas Dinner
From Your PolishYoungstown Team