Sobótka: The Magic of St. John’s Eve
|Celebrating Summer is on everyone’s mind right now. After a textbook perfect Memorial Day weekend, even the most sedentary among us are sporting a little bit of a tan today from our outdoor activities. And this is just the beginning of the fun. At this point of the summer, everything is full of possibilities…|
Join us as we revel in the good weather with good food, friends and music at Sobotka: Polish Happy Hour at the Gardens on Thursday, June 14 from 5:30-10 PM on the patio of the Davis Center at Fellows Riverside Gardens. At this the most popular PHH all year, we will add to the imported beer, wine and zubrowka vodka cocktails, the live music and sing-a-long with the fun, zany, and truly unique Chardon Polka Band.
Other such gatherings at the gardens cost $15 per person. And although there is no cover charge, we encourage you to donate to help us cover band expenses. To make that option sweeter, all those who participate will be entered for a Door Prize.
But we are never just about the party…the night will be chock full of Polish traditions celebrating the Magic of St. John’s Eve and the best of the summer solstice!
NEW THIS YEAR Guests are invited to enter the Wianki Contest! Make your own flower wreath with a candle to float on the reflecting pool and be entered to win a great prize. Or just make one that evening, place your message of love inside and let it float around for good luck all summer.
Our t-shirt order is also scheduled to arrive in time for this event. So all of you who have been asking for your Sto Lat! shirt can finally buy one. Remember, limited numbers are available in each size and we only order these shirts once a year so get yours while we have it! Learn more about it all here Zapraszamy!
Polish Day planning underway
Sobotka is not our only event this summer. We are heading back to the Scrappers to see our Pierogi Mascot compete in Mascot Mania, and we are working on two very fun Polish Happy Hours, too. And of course, plans are underway for Polish Heritage Day 2012, our biggest event of the year! We are going bigger and better this year, moving the whole event to a circus tent at the Austintown Plaza. More room for vendors, concessionaires and you! Basket donations, vendor tables, sponsorship and program advertisements are being accepted for our biggest event of the year. Last year we entertained more than 1100 people and this year there will be room for even more! Make sure your products and business are represented to this loyal audience by contacting a PolishYoungstown team member today. Don’t be left out!
Congratulations Polish Arts Club new officers
At its recent meeting members of the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown reelected Mary Ann Mlynarski as president. Sandra Cika is Vice President, Tom Welsh is Secretary and Alice Morrow will assume the job of Treasurer. The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown is part of American Council for Polish Culture, Inc., a national non-profit, charitable, cultural and educational organization that serves as a network and body of national leadership among affiliated Polish-American cultural organizations throughout the United States. Founded in 1948, the Council currently represents the interests of some 25 affiliated organizations located across the United States from Los Angeles, CA to Boston, MA. The Youngstown club is one of the oldest having been established in 1935.
Festival Prep Help Wanted
In an effort to get a jump on the Simply Slavic Festival ( June 16 ) and the Festival of the Arts ( July 7 & 8 ), we will be getting together on Thursday, May 31 at St. Columba Cathedral Hall at 10 AM. We will be chopping cabbage, cooking it, browning it, and bagging it with melted butter. We will also be chopping and browning onions to be used on the pierogi we will sell at the festivals. I am also hoping to make homemade noodles and cook them. All items will be frozen until the festivals. We have about 100 pounds of cabbage, and 50 pounds of onions, which means we should be done by early afternoon. Coffee, goodies and lunch will be provided. This will be a party full of scents, sounds, fun and food with Polish music accompanying the sounds of chopping and laughing!
Karski Medal of Honor Award overshadowed by misstatement
Kosciuszko Foundation President Alex Storozynski had just hit send on an interesting article for The Huffington Post on Jan Karski and his efforts to enlighten the allies to the horrors of the Holocaust taking place in Poland during WWII. The article talks about Pole’s dichotomous role in that tragedy. Then as he watched the ceremony honoring the Polish hero, President Barack Obama shocked the Poles present at the White House and those watching on C-SPAN by claiming that Karski had been smuggled into "a Polish death camp." It was a German death camp in Nazi occupied Poland. Regular readers are aware that during the past two years, more than 300,000 people have signed a petition on the Kosciuszko Foundation's web site requesting media outlets to stop using this historically erroneous phrase. So far, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and others have changed their stylebooks to ban the use of this phrase. The president’s staff apologized today for the incident after Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk responded harshly. This mistake just goes to show how far all of us as Polonia have to go to educate and how diligent we have to be defending the truth in our history.
News from Poland
Chicago holds a special place for Poles
Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski stayed around after the official NATO summit last week to visit with Polonia in the area. Komorowski visited with Chicago-area Polish-Americans to talk about investing in Poland and with U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk to discuss pending legislation to lay a path for Polish participation in the U.S. Visa Waiver Program. Several of the young professionals said they wanted the president to know that they support Poland and value their Polish heritage as well as their American citizenship. "We wanted to introduce the president to a perspective of what Polish-Americans look like today, not just immigrants but second and third generations that are interested in their community and giving back as well," Agnes Ptasznik, 30, an assistant Illinois attorney general, told the Chicago Tribune. Learn more about this story here and other news from Poland at our Polish Media Watch
June 15 Deadline to apply for Summer Language and Culture Program at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin.
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team