| Summer Fun in Poland|
A Semester behind the Iron Curtain
by Lisa Lotze
With all the time spent talking about the modern Poland of today, we thought it might be good to look back. PYTown Monument Chair Lisa Lotze spent a summer at the Catholic University of Lublin. Parts of her trip seem to stretch the word “fun.” Here is an excerpt from a letter she wrote to the folks at home.
I am in awe of how these people have learned to live under constant intimidation. …Last week the rail workers shut down the train station in retaliation for the Russians draining the local towns of resources to supply the Olympics. In order to force them back to work, the Government shut off all utilities to the town. Somehow the Nuns knew in advance what was going to happen and had calmly filled all the sinks and bathtubs with water before it was shut off and had meals already prepared for us when we returned from classes…Two weeks ago as we were walking down the street, a member of our group, a Canadian, was grabbed by the military and taken away. He was returned two days later. Again the Nuns calmly reassured us that that happens often and he will be retuned shortly unharmed. They did warn us that, for now, not to attempt to change our money on the black market because obviously we were being watched.
Read more of her letter here and
Share your Polish summer story… Send it here
Join us TONIGHT for PHH on the Green
Poland has made a sparkling emergence onto the European golf scene, and is now the official host of a European Tour event. There may not be golf courses in abundance, but there are some superb layouts, all backed up by the legendary nightlife of the major cities of Gdansk, Poznan and Krakow. In recent years this has made Poland a favored destination for combo business/fun trips and even stag parties. The number one course is Postolowo, located near the historic northern city of Gdansk. It is host to the Polish Open and boasts the longest course in continental Europe. But you don’t have to worry about walking those 7766 yards TONIGHT. Just relax with us at Polish Happy Hour Thursday, August 9, 2012 from 5- 9 PM at the Mill Creek Park Golf Course event tent, which is located next to the club house on West Golf Drive between Route 224 and Shields Road (location). Come join us for Polish beer as well as select wines by the glass. A limited menu will be offered from Hole 37 by Barry Dyngles.
ZABAWA to host renowned sports broadcaster/author
The excitement around this year’s Polish Day activities keeps growing! We are now pleased to announce that well known Canadian broadcaster Edward Zawadzki is coming in to be part of the fun. Based out of Toronto, Canada, this Polish-Canadian television sports caster specializes in the combat arts--boxing, kickboxing and other martial arts events. He is also the best-selling author of several sports books and now a book looking at our shared history, “The Poles in the New World.” In addition to talking about that topic, he will be hosting a sports trivia contest throughout the night on Saturday, August 25. Add that to the 4 LIVE BANDS and All-You-Can-Eat Pierogi Buffet and our hilarious 3rd Annual Pierogi Eating Contest, which are all part of ZABAWA! What a great addition to a fun weekend! Start it off with a delicious Polish Lunch delivered to your desk on Friday! And then the big event is Sunday! We’ve added more vendors, more folk dancers and more bars and food stations. Rest up now and get ready to participate in all of the great stuff!
Polish Day on the air
Thanks to the generous media sponsorship by WFMJ, a series of commercials will be launched today on WFMJ & WBCB. We are hoping this effort—and your great word of mouth—will help share the good news about our fun event with a wider audience! Check out the message here and take it viral on your social media using this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9C44DCjek0&feature=share
Jump in and make it happen!
You think you’ve had a good time at Polish Day by being a guest; you should see it from our prospective! If you enjoy great Polish food, basket raffles, great fun and really great Polish music, then you need to be a volunteer! We need everything from drivers and delivery folks on Friday, 50/50 sellers and judges on Saturday night to all types of folks to make it happen on Sunday. Is your thing to help with mass? We need that! Is your skill more in arranging basket donations? We need that too! Too tired to do any of it? We would welcome your basket donation to make it all happen. This festival is representative of the Polish spirit in the Mahoning Valley and can only happen if you can share some of your time, talents and treasure. PYTown’s Volunteer Coordinator Carol Baranski Papalas is waiting for your call. ACT NOW! The first 50 people get a FREE TSHIRT in addition to their FREE ADMISSION TICKET. Call (330) 652-7106 or sign up online here
News from Poland
Historic family garden system threatened by development
A decision handed down by Poland’s Constitutional Court in July threatens to upset one of the country’s most cherished traditions – the weekend migration to the ogród działkowy or family garden allotment. By ruling aspects laws regarding allotments unconstitutional, because they infringe on the rights of landowners, the court has raised the prospect of some city gardens being sold to property developers. The fight over the garden plots has become a proxy for a bigger conflict being played out in Poland, between the desire for modernity and living standards on a par with the rest of Europe on one hand, and on the other an attachment to older values of family and community. Most Poles nostalgically tell stories of summer afternoons from their childhood spent pottering around in a relative's allotment while the grown-ups enjoyed a beer or vodka. Learn more about this story and get a full round up of Mitt Romney’s Poland trip in our Polish Media Watch
August 9 Polish Happy Hour at Millcreek Metro Park Golf Course... August 12 Youngstown Slovak Festival at St. Matthias Church Grounds... August 24 Polish Business Lunches... August 25 Zabawa with all-you-can-eat pierogi and music by Polka Pirates and Chardon Polka Band... August 26 Polish Day 2012
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team