What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Subject: What's Happening in Polish Youngstown
Send date: 2012-11-28 10:30:31
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It’s hard to believe that we are talking about Christmas events let alone planning for 2013 but it’s true! To make it fun we have lined up a series of fun events for you to enjoy! Simply Slavic kicks off the celebration by beginning its countdown to their festival with a Half Way to Simply Slavic celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 5 PM – MIDNIGHT at Shotz Bar & Grille on Oakwood Avenue in Austintown.  We are excited to introduce that night the officers of the newly formed YSU Slavic Student Association! Doors will open at 5 (so come right after church) with a “hunkie menu” and Polka DJs Larry & Diana Walk to get the party started. At 7 PM our friends Jake and the Chardon Polka Band will take to the floor for a fun night of hilarious entertainment and good polka music. There also will be Slavic beer, a basket raffle and 50/50 too. All for only a $5 cover, a portion of which goes to kick start the great June festival. To give you a reminder, check out Chardon’s newly released music video   

Make time to be charitable, too
On Friday, December 14, PolishYoungstown and all its member organizations are volunteering to help Santa with two community projects and would love for you to join us. One project is we will be serving as wrapping elves at Barnes & Noble at the Shops at Boardman Park from 9 AM - 10:00 PM. Also on that day, Krakowiaki is leading a caroling group at area senior facilities from 6-9 PM. It is the season for giving... why not chose these opportunities to join with your Polish friends to give of your time to the community. Call Marianne 330-272-2210 to sign up!

Add a new tradition for your holiday table
Our favorite sekacz baker has dedcided to offer an Americanized version of his tasty holiday cakes---green with This is the last week to take part in the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle’s annual sale of
sękacz cakes . We are hoping that we can convince Krakus Deli and Gordy’s to offer this delight too but not sure it will happen, so you better order now! The sale will run until December 3. Remember, they are offering shipping, too, if you want to send it to friends and family far away! Call (330) 746-8900 to learn more about it and how to order here


Gift idea for the reader on your list

Among most Cold War scholars, there is agreement that both America and the Soviet Union contributed to the Cold War’s beginnings. Washington Post columnist Anne Applebaum believes that notion must be revised. “Although Nazi-occupied Europe was eventually liberated, [Soviet dictator Josef] Stalin never gave back the territories he occupied in the first phase of the war,” she writes in her deeply researched, exciting new book,
Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe,1944-1956. The Soviet Union was intent on maintaining domination in Eastern and Central Europe from the outset of World War II. No amount of goodwill from the West could have changed that view. This new book will be readable for both laymen and scholars interested in the establishment of communism in postwar Eastern Europe. MORE


Or how about some spiritwear?

“Did ya hear the one about the Polish guy walking into the bar?” We all have by now! Well, forget it. Barry ZeVan, of Minnesota, wants to put a lid on Polish jokes and hopes to accomplish his mission one T-shirt (or mouse pad) at a time. He has trademarked the phrase “Being Polish: It’s not a joke. (Never was!)”  and has put it on all kinds of goodies. A portion of all sales go to The Optivus Foundation, a Polish non-profit charity established to help fund Polish orphanages. Sto Lat Barry!

Debutante ball tradition
Tradition. This is the best way of explaining why, in an era when relationships often begin online and everything from the important to the trivial is broadcast via social networks, an custom  like the debutante ball that relies on engraved invitations and 16-button gloves doesn't just survive. It thrives. For the Polish community the most famous of these is the Kosciuszko Foundation's Annual Dinner and Ball. In its 78th year, this event prepares, hosts and fetes young ladies between the ages of 16 and 25 with a background of scholastic achievement and community service at a magnificent event at NYC’s Waldorf Astoria. Presentation at the Ball is a much-anticipated event, instilling in young women a sense of traditional values, education, and conduct in sophisticated social settings. For the Debutante, it is an exciting and elegant experience that makes memories to last a lifetime. The Ohio Chapter of the KF is hoping to sponsor a candidate for this year’s event. Interested? Contact Dr. Mary Kay Pieski at apieski@aol.com or call 330-633-5679.

Poland next summer?
Two exciting programs just announced their summer schedules and I thought you might be interested…The Kosciuszko Foundation Teaching English in Poland Program is looking for invites American teachers of all subject areas to apply for participation in a unique three or four-week summer English language and cultural exchange program. Learn more
here Too scholastic for you? How about attending a Royal Wedding...or at least the reenactment. Every four years more than 3,000 people from  across Poland and Germany come together to celebrate the 1475 wedding of Poland’s Princess Jadwiga to Bavaria’s Duke George Wittelsbach. It is a grand affair with loads of pomp and circumstance! This year, Cracow Crechs founders Dave Motak and Jack Samuels are hosting a trip to enjoy it all. Learn more about it here

News from Poland
Outspoken Polish foreign minister one of 'top global thinkers'
Poland's foreign minister, Radoslaw Sikorski, has been included in the prestigious US Foreign Policy magazine's list of 100 top global thinkers 2012. Minister Sikorski was put into the ranking for “telling the truth, even when it’s not diplomatic,” according to the magazine read by top diplomats and policy analysts. Radoslaw Sikorski is known for making frank and sometimes controversial statements on world issues to journalists and even from his own Twitter account. Learn more about this and other stories in this week’s Polish Media Watch.

Calendar Highlights
Dec 1 Halfway to Simply Slavic 5  -  MIDNIGHT Shotz Bar & Grille with music by Chardon Polka Band Dec 2 The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown annual Wigilia Dinner… Sekacz sale continues… Thursday, Dec. 13 5:30-9 PM Polish Happy Hour Christmas Party at the Youngstown Club… Friday, Dec 14 9 AM - 10 PM PYTown serving as Santa Elves at Barnes & Noble located at the Shops at Boardman Park… 6–8 PM Krakowiaki Caroling at The Greenbrier Senior Complex

Do Zobaczenia!
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team
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