Witamy to the newest member of our PolishYoungstown Family!
|Logan Lewis Messenger was welcomed by Angela Messenger and her husband John at 5 AM on February 16th. Our little Paczki boy weighed in at 7 lbs 11 oz and 20.5 inches. Send your congratulations to the new family at firstname.lastname@example.org.|
After a one week delay, Polish Happy Hour Youngstown enjoyed an evening at Salty Grogs in Boardman….another trip to the suburbs. Should we do that more often? PHH Co-Chairmen Tom and Darek want to hear from you! They’ve put together a survey to figure out what you think works—and doesn’t—with their monthly events. Their goal is to make it the best night of your month! Please take the time to answer the questions HERE. We will have the results at next month’s event.
The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown set recent time attendance records for it Tea last weekend honoring Fryderyk Chopin at the Butler Institute of American Art, Butler North performance space. “The Poet of the Piano” was honored on the occasion of his 200th Birthday with a free performance by Edward Bak, a Youngstown native and accomplished, internationally respected pianist and vocal coach with credits in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
If you didn’t get enough, our friend Dorota Sobieska at the Opera Circle in Cleveland is hosting her own Chopin birthday concert tonight, Chopin's Birthday Concert, Monday, February 22, 2010 at 7 pm at the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus at 3649 East 65th Street. More info available HERE.
If there were ever a set of people who were ready for the prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial of Lent I think it might be your PolishYoungstown Team. We certainly have celebrated Carnival in the biggest way this year!
Paczki fever! The fun of Ostatki was quickly followed by The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle conducted a paczki sale fundraiser for costume payments as well as to raise awareness of the joy of enjoying this decadent treat as part of the Mahoning Valley’s Fat Tuesday celebration. You must have agreed because the groups sold more than 825 paczki!! Thanks for your support! Although that big order was the responsibility of some competent babci in Cleveland, members of the Krakowiaki gathered at Aundrea’s house on Monday to learn how to make them the donuts, too. The result was some petite, tasty morsels filled with Cynthia Foust’s handpicked and homemade strawberry jam. Yummy! See more pics HERE.
The celebration continued on Tuesday when we took our first-ever trip Paczki Bus Trip to celebrate with the folks that made it famous in Hamtramck, Michigan. Many thanks go out to Dr. Thaddeus Radzilowski, president of the Piast Institute, for all his fabulous tour of the architecturally stunning St. Florian Church as well as itinerary guidance. Here’s Aundrea partying with Mayor Karen Majewski and more photos to come. If you didn’t make it for paczki, mark your calendars for our spring bus trip on April 5th to Dyngus Day. We will even be joining in this year’s parade!
As discussed previously, many people feel they have been left out of the 2010 Census because this year they have eliminated the ethnicity question. To express your dissatisfaction to members of the US Census Bureau, the Polish American Congress encourages you to writing in your ethnicity. Find out how HERE.
The Krakowiaki is hosting Święconka, a Polish Easter Traditions workshop and celebration, will take place on Sunday March 21 12-4 PM at St. Stan’s Church on Williamson Ave. in Youngstown. It will offer a tasty, traditional Polish Easter morning platter, the Bakery & Deli, the Polish Peddler, and, of course, expert lessons from our friend Lawrence Kozlowski. New this year will be an all-new performance by the Krakowiaki dancers. Responding to your request, we have separated the lessons from the eating area allowing for a quieter, more focused experience. More info HERE.
We also have unveiled the long-awaited itinerary for this summer’s trip to Poland 2010 as well as the plan and costs. If you like PHH, you can imagine how fun it is to extend it to all day, over night or for two weeks!
Your PolishYoungstown Team