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In Poland there is no celebrating of this holiday since it is all about the Pilgrims and Plymouth Rock. In fact, Americans working in Poland are often surprised when they can’t seem to get the day off let alone the fixings for their traditional meal. However, if you would like to give your celebration a little Polish flair this year, I found suggestions for you HERE.
But what they don’t do in November, Poles certainly do celebrate in December and we are no different. Polish Happy Hour will be a warm, friendly event at Café Cimmento on Dec. 10th and the Krakowiaki become kolendnicy when they host a round of Christmas caroling on Dec. 18th. The big event, however, is the Polish Arts Club annual Wigilia Christmas Eve Dinner on Sunday, December 20 at The Youngstown Club. This lovely event is being held for the first time at this elegant location and it’s destined to be a great afternoon. It is time to make your reservations now. More information is available HERE. We hope you will make time to join us and add a little more Polish to your holiday traditions.
Don’t forget this week is your last chance to sign up your daughter, niece or granddaughter to participate in The Cleveland Society of Poles annual Debutante Ball to be held on Jan. 2, 2010. Applications are being accepted until Nov. 26th. Requirements: Ages 16 to 24, Polish background, preferably a member of a Polish organization, never married and has no children. Prior to the event, participants will need to write an essay on a famous Pole. Participants are eligible to receive $2000 in scholarship monies. Applications and more information are available by contacting Mitch Bienia at email@example.com or calling (216) 268-9960.
Under the category of How Did I Miss This…was that Pope Benedict XVI canonized five new saints in October including one of Polish heritage. Archbishop Zygmunt Szczesny Feliński of Warsaw, founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Family of Mary, was committed to evangelization and support for the poor, defending the oppressed during the Russian occupation of Poland, and was sentenced to 20 years in exile in Jaroslaw on the Volga. "His gift of himself to God and man," the Holy Father said in Polish, was "full of confidence and love," and "becomes a shining example for the entire Church." Learn more about His Excellency HERE.
Kosciuszko Foundation President Alex Storozynski asked us to share with you some disturbing information. Apparently the National D-Day Memorial in Virginia has decided to honor Josef Stalin by placing his bust on a pedestal at its museum. Storozynski’s father and grandfather both fought against Nazi and Soviet troops during WWII, and as a result, he is outraged at the development.Learn more about the decision to honor this notorious figure known for forming the Iron Curtain and committing massive crimes against humanity HERE. Storozynski’s own response was published in the Huffington Post. Feel free to add your own comments HERE. If you share his feelings, Storozynski asks that you send a letter to the President of the D-Day Memorial, William McIntosh at: firstname.lastname@example.org Or, to President Barack Obama at: http://www.whitehouse.gov/CONTACT/ Please let them know how you feel about the United States honoring Stalin with his bust in this memorial.
Start the New Year Right
We are excited to announce that people have stepped forward, so we are officially offering Polish language lessons one evening a week! Now all we need is YOU! The fun, conversation-based class would be offered on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 PM at a downtown location TBD starting Jan. 12th and will run through the spring for $50 per student. We need a minimum of 10 students. If we have more interest, we might be able to break the class into two different skill levels. Also, the teacher has said she would be available for private lessons between 3-6 PM on that same day. A class syllabus outline and registration will soon be available at polishyoungstown.com. We look forward to this being a great cultural learning experience! These classes would be in addition to the FREE Basic Polish classes currently being offered on Tuesday mornings 11:30-1 PM at Sts. Peter & Paul. For more information call 330-793-5925.
If you or a young person in your life wants to learn more about Polish culture, there are two events coming in 2010 that would be perfect. The first is the Quo Vadis Conference May 7-9 in Windsor, ON, Canada. This weekend conference will bring together 150 students, graduates and young professionals (18-35 years old) from across North America for a weekend of discussion, activities and events centered on heritage, leadership and unity. All participants will have the opportunity to network and meet with current leaders of the Polish community while reflecting on how these points affect us as up-and-coming leaders of Polonia in North America! Learn more HERE.
Another opportunity comes July 12-31 across the country at Poland in the Rockies. The goal of this event is to stimulate an interest among English-speaking Americans and Canadians in Polish history and culture through lectures, films, discussion and friendship. This network of well-informed and dynamic friends of Poland are then encouraged to integrate this identity and “things Polish” into the mainstream of their everyday life. Hmmm, sounds like PolishYoungstown, doesn’t it? Learn more HERE. If you’re interested, we would love to see PolishYoungstown represented and will offer financial assistance for your participation!
Your PolishYoungstown Team