|We are looking forward to our own joyous party TODAY when Ken Shirilla & Co. stages Majówka: Polish Happy Hour by the River Thursday, May 10 at 5:30-9 at Riverside Pavilion at B&O Station on the banks of the Mahoning River. To make it really festive, we are providing live music for a sing-a-long and dancing plus Accordion Jam Session for singing and dancing led by One Man Band Ralph Szubski. And got a call yesterday that the men of the Friday Polka Jam at McMenamy's Restaurant in Niles are bring their party to join with us! We’ve even gone to the printer for another round of our popular PHH songbooks so get ready for a fun sing-a-long, too.|
It’s a tradition for Poles to mark the end of bitter winter trials with an early May majówka, the first picnic of the year so we are joining in, too. Our family friendly celebration will be a potluck picnic so bring a little something and PolishYoungstown will provide the kielbasa to grill on a stick over the fire! It will be fun for all ages with Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle providing the games and prizes, so bring your children, sweatshirts, chairs and blankets! Zapraszamy!
Another Celebration in the Park
PolishYoungstown has been invited to join with Polonia from around the state to celebrate the dedication ceremony and celebration for the opening of Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park near Columbus on Saturday, May 12 from 10 -5 PM. The City of Dublin has set aside 40 acres of the 500 acres on the Scioto River the American Revolutionary War patriot was awarded for his service in the Continental Army. Guest speakers include Alex Storozynski, President and Executive Director of The Kosciuszko Foundation, and Republic of Poland Consul Malgorzata Kozik. There will be music, food and dance performances followed by a Polish mass. Let us know if you want to join in the fun!
Polska Kuchnia idea goes national
When we began our cooking lessons earlier this year we said that our goal was to offer you the opportunity to learn from an expert like a mother or grandmother. Well the Cooking Channel likes the idea too. I got a notice this week that they are casting for a show called "My Grandmother's Ravioli." They are just starting their search for Grandmas and Grandpas (or Great Aunts / Uncles) who are great cooks and would like to help host Mo Rocca learn some of their favorite family recipes and give him some useful tips along the way. Here's a clip of Mo talking about the show. So let’s get a local pierogi pinchers or kolachi baker on the air! Send info your nominee, their specialty and an anecdote about their background here
Celebrations Worth Reviewing
Poland has had numerous previous constitutional acts during its long history. Historically, the most significant is probably the May Constitution adopted on May 3, 1791. It was Europe's first written constitution and it embodied many of the same democratic principles contained in our U.S. constitution. Not a surprise since historians say some of the language in our document can be traced back to Polish philosophers whose books were on the shelf in Thomas Jefferson's library. This common devotion to the cause of liberty and freedom is why Polish Americans across the nation get so excited to celebrate this anniversary every year. Learn more about it here
Our friends in Cleveland have worked out a compromise on their city and suburban celebrations this year by offering the community two weekends of activities! The Slavic Village Warszawa District hosted three days of events April 27-29: a Friday Youth Zabawa where the Polish language schools acted out different folk tales then the kids enjoyed a carnival and disco; Saturday was the Queen of the Parade Ball (where I was invited to judge) and a float-filled parade on Sunday. This past weekend the Polish American Congress Ohio Division hosted their version of the same party in nearby Parma. This was the group’s 64th annual celebration so they had a packed schedule. PYTown Friends Larry and Diana Walk and Jimmy K with Ethnic Jazz were be involved most every day so you know the music was good. Check out all the pics here
Vote for our favorite event photographer
Many of the pictures or albums you see in this newsletter are taken by Cleveland area Polish heritage fanatic Tymothy Stoll. Well Tim is now hoping that his pics will send him to Poland. Lufthansa Airlines is sponsoring a Celebrate Polonia photo contest with a trip to Poland as the grand prize. Votes are taken once a day until the 25. Just by entering you are in a drawing for a digital photo frame so take a moment and vote for Tym’s picture here.
Young people called to Own Your Polish Identity
For the first time, a U.S. city has been selected to host the young Polonia conference known as Quo Vadis Chicago 2012, this prestigious leadership and networking conference for students and young professionals of Polish descent from all 50 states, Canada, and Europe will converge on Chicago August 24-26. Now I know that I want all of you at Polish Day 2012 on the last Sunday of August, but if you have a candidate who might like to participate, PolishYoungstown would be interested in helping them do so. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
If that doesn’t suit you, the 2012 International Business and Trade Summer Law Program is still accepting applications for its program running June 18 – July 28, 2012 in Kraków. In its 21st year, the program offers students the opportunity to earn 5-8 credits in the ABA-approved summer law program by taking English-language taught classes at the prestigious Jagiellonian University with Polish law students and living with Polish and European students in historic Kraków.
Karski selected for Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Barack Obama recently announced that he will posthumously bestow the Presidential Medal of Freedom – our nation’s supreme civilian decoration – upon Jan Karski. Born as Jan Kozielewski in Łódź in a multi-cultural neighborhood, where the majority of the population was then Jewish. As a resistance fighter, Karski is credited with informing Western leaders of situation in occupied Poland, in particular of the Holocaust being perpetrated by Nazi Germany. He also was an officer, veteran, prisoner of both the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, and in later years, a diplomat and Georgetown University professor.
He remained discouraged throughout his life that his efforts didn’t result in enough response, saying in a noted interview “it was easy for the Nazis to kill Jews, because the allies considered it impossible and too costly to rescue the Jews… Now, every government and church says, "We tried to help the Jews", because they are ashamed, they want to keep their reputations. They didn't help... No one did enough.” In honor of his efforts on behalf of Polish Jews, Yad Vashem recognized Karski as Righteous Among the Nations. He shall join a group of renowned Poles and Polish Americans to have received the Medal: Pope John Paul II, Jan Nowak-Jeziorański, Zbigniew Brzeziński. Arthur Rubinstein, Congressman Edmund Muskie, John Shalikashvili, Stan Musial and Lech Wałęsa. The award will be presented at a White House ceremony later this spring.
News about Poland
Univ. of Akron Prof raises doubts about jet crash
The 2010 jet crash that killed Poland's president, first lady and dozens of dignitaries during a politically sensitive visit to Russia couldn't have happened the way official investigations say, a University of Akron engineering professor's analysis shows. Wieslaw Binienda, a well-regarded expert in fracture mechanics who heads the university's civil engineering department, used the computer modeling software that NASA used to analyze the space shuttle Columbia's destruction. He says the tree impact that supposedly precipitated the crash wouldn't have caused enough wing damage to down the plane. Instead, Binienda's computer model shows the wing would have lopped off the tree top "like a knife." The collision would have caused relatively minor damage to the wing's leading edge – not enough to seriously impair its lift capability and flip the jet. Learn more about this controversial report here and other news from Poland at our Polish Media Watch
May 12 Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park dedication, Columbus… The Embassy of the Republic of Poland Open House 10 am - 4 pm Washington, DC… Kuzmans hosts Mother’s Day Eve celebration with Polka Tones & Del Sinchak…May 18-20 Rib Burn Off at Millcreek MetroPark…May 18 Opening of the show A Blessing to One Another: Pope John Paul II and the Jewish People at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, Cleveland May 26 Holy Name Society SS. Peter & Paul Church Reverse Raffle… June 15 Deadline to apply for Summer Language and Culture Program at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin.
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team