The World War II experience of Polish Jews is portrayed in a unique way as the focus of a new exhibit at the Butler Institute of American Art. “Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz,” will open with a public reception on Sunday, March 7th from 1:30-4:00. Cosponsored by the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation Federation and the Butler, the exhibition consists of 36 needlework and fabric collage pictures depicting the artist’s personal stories of survival during the Holocaust.
At age 15, Krinitz (1927-2001), along with her sister 13 year old sister Mania, refused the Nazi order to report to leave their Polish village of Mniszek and report to a nearby railroad station. Instead, they changed their identities and began a harrowing story of survival. In 1977, she began creating her fabric works of art to tell her story of survival to her children.
The opening reception for this exhibition, which will be on display until May 23, is free and open to the public, but reservations are required by calling the Butler at 330-743-1107, x 210. The 1:30 reception will be followed by a presentation by Esther’s daughters in the Zona Auditorium and then a tour of the show. Learn more about the exhibit HERE.
This exhibit is a good lead in to a joint venture between the Federation and the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown. On April 25th the two organizations are hosting “In the Name of Their Mothers: The Story of Irena Sendler.” This new documentary about the courageous experience of Sendler and other Poles to save children from the Warsaw Ghetto just premiered in Warsaw last month. Director Mary Skinner will be on hand to introduce and discuss this story from our shared experience. Learn more about it HERE.
Thanks to all of you who came out to Kuzman’s last Saturday For Half Way to Polish Day and helped us launch plans for our huge August 29th event. It was a nice with a party this weekend, Saturday Feb. 27th mini-version of that fun day with music, food, games and dancing. The Krakowiaki gals were a big hit, teaching folks to polka hop as well as the group’s new American polka number, the Domino Polka.
A highlight of the evening was the kick off of Polish Predictions, our 50/50-Attendance Guessing Contest. For a quarter, people got a chance to guess the attendance and put their guess in the jar. For every 50 guesses in the jar, PolishYoungstown will add a $10 bill to this Polish apron for the kitty. This will continue at every event we sponsor for the next six months. Those closest to the real number at 3 PM on Polish Day will be entered to the 50/50 of the cash amount collected!! Make your guess at PHH!
Polish Happy Hour Youngstown is heading back to the suburbs on March 11th when we are hosted by The English Pub in Boardman. In addition to the normal delights, PHH Co-Chairmen Tom and Darek say they have secured the hard to get Lomza beer for your pleasure. Special visitors this month will be Robert Hryniewicz and Adam Paluszkiewicz of the Quo Vadis II. Taking place in Windsor, Canada May 7-9th, the gathering of young Polish Americans and Canadians will focus on their shared experience of heritage, leadership and unity. PolishYoungstown is hoping to sponsor a group to attend from our area so encourage any of your 18 and 35 year old friends to attend and hear what they have to say!
BTW, We want to hear what YOU have to say! 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! However it will only be useful it you take the time to answer the questions HERE. If we get enough response, we will review the results at next week’s event.
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.
Historical society LOGO We have been invited by the Polish American Congress to participate in a private tour of the Polish archives at Western Reserve Historical Society on March 27th at the WRHS Library & Museum in Cleveland from 2-5 PM Admission and parking are free. Margaret Burzynski-Bays, Curator of Manuscripts Library/Archives and Genealogy Center and Professor John Grabowski start with a "show and tell" of different Polish photographs and documents in WRHS collection and than take us on a "behind-the-scenes" tour of the library. If you are interested in participating, contact the PAC’s Gary Kotlarsic at firstname.lastname@example.org 216-513-6646. If you want to go as a group contact Aundrea at email@example.com.
Lately we have been hearing from other Polonia around the world who have found our website, etc. We wanted to share their thoughts with you so we had Tony our Web Guru create a web blog for just such postings. Check out the latest greetings from Toledo and San Francisco on our home page HERE!
Spots are starting to fill up for our spring bus trip on April 5th to Dyngus Day. Don’t be left behind! We will even be joining in this year’s parade! Same can be said for this summer’s trip to Poland 2010. If you like PHH, you can imagine how fun it is to extend it to all day, over night or for two weeks! Can’t wait to toast you with Zywiec in Krakow!
Your PolishYoungstown Team