Since 1608, when the first Polish settlers arrived at Jamestown, VA, Polish people have been an important part of America's history and culture. This year, Polish Americans will mark the 29th Anniversary of the founding of Polish American Heritage Month, an event, which began in Philadelphia, PA, and became a national celebration of Polish history, culture and pride. Learn more about it here. At PolishYoungstown we consider it our mission to educate you on your heritage and help you share your pride in it. This month we are going all out!Here’s the list of the festivities happening in NE Ohio and Western Pennsylvania to mark this special month….
Saturday, October 2nd 3 PM
Oktoberfest Polka Session
B&O Station, Downtown Youngstown
The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle will perform and teach you how to polka during a special Polish-American show in honor of their ancestral neighbor’s annual festival. Explore the evolution of the polka from a village dance to a modern country line dance. Audience participation encouraged. Click HERE for more information.
Sunday, October 1st 3 PM
Black Madonna Shrine Announced
St. Columba Cathedral Baptistery
PolishYoungstown will hold a press conference at St. Columba Cathedral to announce, at the encouragement of Bishop George Murry, that it is embarking on an effort to renovate the cathedral baptistery into a shrine to Our Lady of Częstochowa. Click HERE for more information.
Tuesday, October 2nd 10 AM
Polish Language Lesson Open House
Sts. Peter & Paul, Church, Youngstown
Come learn about this conversational Polish class. Designed for a broad base of students with varied knowledge of Polish, it is ideal if you’ve always wanted to learn the language of your ancestors or just want to try something new. It provides basic speaking, writing and reading skills that will help you communicate in fundamental everyday situations. Click here for more information.
Friday, October 5th
High School Art Contest Announced
The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown is sponsoring an art competition open to all area high school students under the theme “Thaddeus Kosciuszko: Polish General, American Revolutionary War hero and friend of Thomas Jefferson”. Entrants will be showcased at the Southern Park Mall in January and finalists will be showcased at the Polish Arts Club Annual Tea at the Butler Museum of American Art in February. Click here for more information.
Saturday, October 9th 2 – 4 PM
Tailgate for the YSU football game
Look for the Polish Youngstown tent in the tailgating lot on Fifth Avenue on the campus of Youngstown State University. We’re going to support the Penguins as they take on North Dakota State University. The game starts at 4p.m. and you can purchase tickets at the athletic ticket office, (330)941-1YSU. However, you don’t necessarily need a ticket to visit us. We’ll provide some hamburgers and we welcome any dishes that you would like to share. Beer is available for purchase from YSU-operated concession stands. Go Guins! For more information email@example.com
Saturday, October 9th 8 – Midnight
Polish Night at Kuzman's Lounge
Back in town to recreate the rocking experience the rocking party the created at Polish Day, Jimmy K & Ethnic Jazz will take the stage at our areas only polka club. The band takes pride in continuing the tradition of solid Polish-style polka music but with a fresh take. You'll hear plenty of your favorites, a few songs you may have forgotten, and some catchy original tunes. The horns are tight & bright, the concertina tickles every key, the rhythm make you want to dance, and the vocals are unique & top notch.
Sunday, October 10th 1 PM
Zatanczmy!: The Movie
Polish Cultural Center, Slavic Village, Cleveland
Screening of the show film of last year’s first-year collaborative Polish folk dance concert and initial planning meeting for the expanded fall 2011 show.
Sunday, October 10th 5 PM
“Nine Days that Changed the World: John Paul II”
Holy Trinity Polish National Catholic Church, New Castle, PA
Screening of the inspiring documentary about the Pope’s historic, world-changing pilgrimage to Poland in June 1979Presented by the American Polish Central CommitteeAdmission is free & refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.
Monday, October 11th 4 PM
Pulaski Day Commemoration & Film
Join us in Peterson Park in Poland Township to recognize Gen. Casimir Pulaski on the 331st anniversary of his death. Pułaski, for whom the township is named, volunteered his skillful horsemanship and used his own money to create the American Calvary in the American Revolution. A reception and screening of the new film about this American hero will follow at the American Legion Hall.
Thursday, October 14th 5:30-9 PM
PolishYoungstown 2nd Birthday Party & PHH
Youngstown Club Grill Room
Trivia, music, drink specials and much more! Click here for more information.
Thursday, October 14th 8:00 PM
Magnificant High School, Magnificant Center for the Performing Arts
You will witness 42 artists performing the work of Piotr Rubik in a state of the art facility. This multi-media concert portrays the life and work of John Paul II with the language of song. Check it out here
Sunday Oct. 17, 2010 10 a.m.-3.pm
Tribute to Frederick Chopin and
the re-dedication of the Bronze Bust of Chopin in the Cleveland Cultural Garden
Sunday, October 17th 1 PM – 5 PM
The Battle for Warsaw
St. Casimir Church & Historical Center at Brier Hill, Youngstown, Ohio
A film screening and discussion with Warsaw Uprising soldier/survivor Halina Junak
Hosted by The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown
Click here for more information.
Tuesday, October 19th – Wednesday October 27th
Novena to Our Lady of Częstochowa
In celebration of PolishYoungstown’s Black Madonna project, join with the community in the devotion to the Mary, Queen of Poland independently or in organized groups at parishes throughout the Valley. The prayer booklet is available at the related parishes and to download online. Click here for more information.
Thursday, October 21st -7- 9p.m.
Book DiscussionThe Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and The Age of Revolution
Barnes & Noble in Boardman
Read about Alex Storozynski’s award-winning story of General Thaddeus Kosciuszko's pivotal role in the American Revolution and the rebellion that he ignited in Europe, fighting for the rights of African Slaves, European Serfs, Jews, Native-Americans & women. Then join us for some lively discussion. This book was just released in paperback. The Delta Zeta Book Club is hosting this event. The club meets the third Thursday of every month and is always open to the public.
Saturday, October 23rd 1 PM
Miss Polonia USA Finals
New York, NY
Miss Polonia Ohio Lauren Lotze will join young women from across the country in the finals of this national pageant. A resident of North Lima, the 22-year-old Lotze won her crown in Cleveland in May. National finalists have the opportunity to travel to Poland and represent the United States in the Miss Polonia worldwide competition. Go Lauren!
Sunday, October 24th 12 PM
Annual Basket Auction
St. Stanislaus Kostka
Nothing says celebrate like bringing home a basket full of goodies. Take your chances and support the cause when St. Stan’s parishioners host one of their favorite events of the year.
Sunday, October 24th 12 PM
Polish National Alliance District 9 Regional Meeting
St. Casimir Church & Historical Center at Brier Hill
All members welcome. Dinner will be served.For more information call 740-635-3537
Wednesday, October 27th 6-9 PM
Learn from the best! Join the expert Pierogi Ladies at St. Stanislaus Church for an enjoyable lesson in the proper and prettiest way to roll, fill and pinch everyone’s favorite Slavic dumpling. Think of it as a quilting bee…with dough!
Friday, October 29th 6:30 PM
2010 Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction
St. Michael's Woodside Party Center, Broadview Heights, Ohio
Sponsored by Cleveland Society of Poles FoundationDinner and Raffle Entry Tickets are $70.00 and Companion Dinner Tickets are $40.00. Come try your luck at winning the Society's $3,000 Grand Prize
Click here for more information.
Saturday, October 30th 11AM
YSU Homecoming Parade
Polish Youngstown is again supporting our local university’s football team – this time as they take on Northern Iowa. The Homecoming game starts at 1p.m., but the parade will head up Fifth Avenue earlier. This year’s celebration honors 70 years of YSU football with the theme of Touchdowns and Crowns. Our own royalty Lauren Lotze, Miss Polonia Ohio, will be part of our parade entry.
Ongoing All Month
Polish Suitcase for Education & Book Displays
Created in conjunction with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, we have created a “suitecase” of artifacts, that teachers can use to incorporate Polish items into their classroom, giving the students a hands-on history lesson. Books, maps, costumes, flags, folk art, music CDs, DVD films and much more are in this treasure trove.
We also have curriculum available here:
o Lesson Plan 1 - The Polish Experience at Jamestown
o Lesson Plan 2 - About Pulaski and Kosciuszko in the American Revolution
Information about Poland - courtesy of SUNY BuffaloFor more information call Marta at 330-261-4263.
Christmas with Mazowsze
Sunday, December 6th, 6 PM
Tickets have gone on sale for the intimate, one-time only holiday-themed performance of the Poland National Folk Dance Troupe to take place in downtown Youngstown. Cocktails, appetizers, Christmas Carols and much more are part of this special show. Learn more about it here. To order tickets call Ballet Western Reserve at 330-744-1934.
Your PolishYoungstown Team