Ostatki: Your Last Chance to Party
Polish Carnival celebration at The Youngstown Club Feb. 18th
Youngstown—The raucous annual revelry of Carnival in Brazil and Mardi Gras in New Orleans are legendary and widely imitated. However, lesser-known celebrations have taken place for generations in other parts of the world, particularly in those countries where Christian traditions have made the 40 days before Easter a time of extreme sacrifice and solemnity.
Poland is one of those countries and Mahoning Valley Poles are inviting others to join them this year as they host Ostatki: A Polish Carnival Celebration, on Saturday, February 18, 2011 at 7 PM at The Youngstown Club.
Directly translated as “the last,” the event gives guests a final chance at merriment before the solemnity of Lent. “This is a big event back in the villages where my ancestors came from outside of Warsaw,” said Angela Messenger, event chair. “People traditionally start their festivities a whole week before, and it doesn’t stop until late on Shrove Tuesday. We wanted to recreate the spirit of that time so Valley residents could enjoy it right here.”
Don’t forget: our 3rdAnnual Vodka Cocktail Contest, sponsored by Vesica Vodka, is open to amateur bartenders too! So if you think you mix a mean drink you can compete head to head with bartenders from some of Youngstown’s hippest establishments--and Polish Happy Hour host locations. All will be competing for prizes before a panel of “celebrity” judges. Each drink will be tested for creativity, flavor and originality. Each of the contestants’ drinks will be available for you to try for yourself afterward!
Plans for the evening include guided tastings of Polish vodka, beers, wine and liquors complimented by a large Polish buffet. Live music will start the evening as guests enjoy basket raffles, trivia games and desserts. The evening will climax with the presentation of the celebratory pączki, special oversized donuts with a hidden surprise for one lucky winner.
Costs for the evening are $40 per person in advance ($5 discounts are available if purchased before February 14th).
For more information call 330-518-9963.
Download the order form HERE or Register and Pay Online HERE.
About Polish Karnawal
Poles begin their celebrations earlier than in the states, starting on the Thursday before Ash Wednesday, with Tlusty Czwartek (Fat Thursday). On this day, they commonly eat the paczki, Polish donuts. The reason for making these decadent fried dough balls was to use up all the lard, sugar, eggs and fruit in the house, which are forbidden during Lent. The revelry and neighborly gatherings continued until the day before Ash Wednesday known as Sledziowka (Herring Day). On that day you eat as much herring as you can, drink vodka and dance because the next day it is all over.
Ostatki: Sneak Peek at the Evenings Activities
If the raucous, annual revelry of Carnival in Brazil and Mardi Gras in New Orleans are legendary and widely imitated, then Polish Youngstown’s Ostatki can’t be far behind. This event is talked about for months afterward. For those of you who didn’t make it in the past, here is how this year’s event might go…
Upon arriving, you will receive a string of beads and your personalized Passport for the evening. This will be your guide through Poland and the array of imported vodkas, beers and wines--most of which are not readily available for purchase in Ohio. You go from station to station learning a little about each and sampling up to five of them. Finish your passport and earn a string of beads.
Simultaneously, you will be trying to fill out your Polish Trivia card. Each person receives a different card when they arrive. Some questions are easy and some are challenging. To make it fun, there are trivia answers on the back...but not yours! So if you introduce yourself to the right person you just might find all the answers for which you are searching!
Turn in your passport and earn a string of beads AND you will be put into a drawing for a door prize! Attendees are welcome to try to get fellow guests to part with some of their beads, perhaps by purchasing additional drinks at the bar for a new friend. If you have the Most Beads at the end of the evening, you win a prize.
You can never go wrong with the food at the Youngstown Club. An EXTENSIVE Polish buffet has been planned including all of your Polish favorites done their way... Zubrowka (Bison Grass) and apple cider braised chicken, delicate potato pancakes, and more!
Somewhere during all of this we will be conducting a Vodka Cocktail Contest. Bartenders from a number of Youngstown's hippest establishments--and Polish Happy Hour host locations--will be competing for prizes before a panel of celebrity judges based on creativity, flavor and originality. Each of the contestants’ drinks will be available for you to try for yourself afterward!
And it wouldn't be a Mahoning Valley event if you couldn't buy chances on gift baskets or a 50/50 raffle. In keeping with the tone of the evening, only high-value baskets are welcome so it will be very enticing.
The high point of the night will be the Pączki Parade. It has long been a tradition that women would parade around a delectable pile of fresh filled donuts then reach in trying to grab the special one with a surprise inside. We change it up to include men in our parade too. The token inside means that the lucky person is royalty for the rest of the night and receives a ONE YEAR MEMBERSHIP to the Youngstown club along with his/her sash!
Please join us in what is sure to be a fabulous celebration!