The snow-covered streets of Zakopane and its people
|Celebrate Winter!|The next Polish Happy Hour Youngstown will be held TOMORROW on Thursday, January 14 starting at 5:30pm at Vintage Estate Wine & Beer in the small plaza behind Park Diner on South & 224, Boardman. In addition to our normal selections, we will be sampling Polish sweet wines from Nalewka Babuni. Directly translated as Granny’s Medicine, these wines are considered anti-oxidants, containing all the health-giving properties of the fruit used in their production, with valuable organic compounds, mineral salts and vitamins. So consider your trip to PHH preventative medicine in this cold and flu season! To celebrate the chill of winter, we will highlight the tradition of Kulig, an old-fashioned Polish sleigh party ride. At 7 P.M., we will unveil the long-awaited itinerary for this summer’s trip to Poland 2010 as well as share information on our spring bus trips to Paczki Day and Dyngus Day. NOTE: We will be having special guests in from both the Cleveland Society of Poles and Union of Poles---make time to come this month and show the Poles from the North we know how to party in Youngstown! Last night 19 eager students squeezed into our charming space at the Pig Iron Press to begin the adventure of Polish lessons. By the end of the evening of laughter and learning, all could recite the alphabet, introduce themselves and give some pretty wacky responses to Jak sie masz? There is still time to for you to join in the fun. Classes are Tuesdays from 6-8 PM in probably a bigger location downtown and will run through the spring. Tuition is $50.Thanks to a special donation from Fr. Joe Rudjak, Martyna, our instructor, will be available for private lessons between 3:30-5:30 PM too! Information and registration are available here. Remember, these classes are in addition to the FREE Polish classes currently being offered on Tuesday mornings 11:30-1 PM at Sts. Peter & Paul. For more information call 330-793-5925. On Sunday the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown had the pleasure of hosting Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski Ph.D., President, and Mrs. Virginia L. Skrzyniarz, Executive Vice president and co-founders of the Piast Institute in Hamtramck, Michigan. A significant audience of the general public came as well as the media came to hear the group talk about the U.S. Census exclusion of an ancestry question and its affect on Polonia. Read that story here.
As part of their effort to address this issue, Piast is asking our help. They have created a national survey of Polish Americans so they can provide the U.S. Census Bureau with an overview of the feelings of Poles in America. As of Sunday, Piast has received 1200 responses and would like to increase the number of surveys taken to 1500. With your help they can easily meet their target and provide the United States government with an accurate overview about Polish Americans in the U.S.
Please forward this email to 5 friends or family members so they can take the survey and then forward this email to more people they know. Deadline is January 22, 2010. They survey is 49 questions and takes about 5 minutes to complete. Make your voice heard here.
Aspiring artists, musicians, dancers and other students of Polish descent, take note: the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown is now seeking applicants for its five $500 scholarships. Third- and fourth-year college students, as well as post-graduates, are encouraged to apply. Polish descent is not mandatory if an active member of the Polish Arts Club sponsors the student. The winners will be announced at the group’s 75th Annual Scholarship Art, Music & Tea Reception at the Butler Institute of American Art, Butler North on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at 1 P.M. Information is available by contacting the Lisa Lotze, Scholarship Chair, at 330-549- 0124 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for the 2009 scholarship is January 29th. Applications are available to download here. Ostatki: A Polish Carnival Celebration! is back at The Youngstown Club on Saturday, February 6th at 7 PM. In addition to Chef Rob’s famous tiny potato pancakes and other appetizers, we’ve got a whole new set of trivia questions and prizes to go with them. We’ve already started finding the unique vodkas and beers not normally available in Ohio.
For music this year we are bringing in Radoslaw Fizek, a Polish entertainer who is creating a sensation in Pittsburgh. A former member of the famous national folk dance group, Maszowsze, Fizek is a talented violinist, singer and DJ. He will treating us to a violin performance in the first hour and then switch to a variety of music styles and vocals as the night progresses. To get a taste of his work go, go here and click on Events.
Of course there is the paczki parade and prizes, too! You don’t want to miss it. Tickets are $30 advance/$40 at the door. Call 330-719-0415 for information. Make your reservations here.
Your PolishYoungstown Team