|These words are the oath taken by all Polish soldiers and reflect the bravery and dedication embodying men and women that defend their countries everywhere. We will be celebrating such heroism this week at our monthly Polish Happy Hour at Vintage Estates in Boardman on Veterans Day Thursday, Nov. 11th 5:30-9 PM. The Grand Cross of the Virtuti Militari, pictured above, it is awarded for personal heroism or to commanders for leadership. The equivalent of the U.S. Medal of Honor, this medal is one of the oldest military decorations in the world still in use. One of its first recipients was Revolutionary War patriot Gen. Tadeusz Kosciuszko, seen here wearing the medal in his famous portrait. He had fought to defend the first democratic constitution in Europe. But the Poles lost the war, and the Russians demanded that these medals be thrown away. While the officers who received this honor took the medals off their chests, they sent the blue ribbons from these orders to their wives and girlfriends, who used them to tie their hair. Our evening will try to replicate this combination of honor and rebellion. Ladies, dress the part! If you have a simple white party dress or even just a white blouse, put it on. Put in your own a blue ribbon for your hair or one will be provided! Vintage will provide the food, Sobieski martini special and we will offer music by PHH's own Honky Rocky & The Jammers with their famous sing-a-long, who knows, perhaps a little dancing. As part of the evening then, we will honor all veterans and men named Ted with a special drawing! Learn more about it all here. The PolishYoungstown Team considers our last event at Vintage one of the best PHH’s that has ever happened…you will want to be a part of this one!|
In the same Veterans Day spirit, the Polish Cultural Center in Cleveland all week is hosting Katyń Forest Massacre: Politics. Morality. Exhibition at their Slavic Village Gallery. This year marks the 70th anniversary of one of the dark episode of World War II when 22, 000 Polish POWs were killed by the Soviet secret police. This Kosciuszko Foundation exhibit expertly teaches about the harsh reality of this time in Polish history. It is on display until this Sunday, November 14th from 11-3 PM.
Looking ahead, spots are filling up so don’t miss your chance to enjoy our big day with the Mazowsze Polish Folk Song and Dance Ensemble on Sunday, December 5th. Coming back after a 30 year Valley hiatus, the world–renowned group has selected Youngstown for its’ first-ever, public workshop in the United States. This professional group of ballerinas and singers will share their skills with participants from throughout the nation from 12-5 PM. That evening, the 18-piece orchestra and 20-piece choral will be performing as the entertainment at the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown Annual Wigilia Dinner at The Youngstown Club. Listen to a sample here. This event is open to the public. Tickets are $35 pp for adults and $15 pp for child. Reservation forms are available here. Then on Monday, December 6th 2010 the entire troupe will be performing at the State Theatre in Cleveland. Mezzanine seats are reserved in a PolishYoungstown bloc. For $32 and $42 pp, these special seats include a Cast Party with the Mazowsze after the show. It is an incredible way to celebrate the holidays!
Remember: you can start your Christmas shopping this weekend by making the drive to Polishfest at the University of Pittsburgh’s Cathedral of Learning. Lawrence Kozlowski, the folk artist that has hosted the Christmas and Easter workshops, will be hosting this “Christmas in Poland” event. Free admission, homemade food, folk art demonstrations, performances and one-of-a-kind vendors make for a great afternoon. For more information, call 412-231-1493. And if you want a little help preparing your Wigilia table, our friends at S&D Polish Deli in Pittsburgh are there for you! Dorota and her family have put together a shopping list of essentials. All you have to do is pick your favorites, submit your order and have it ready for you to pick up the week of Christmas. The shopping list is here for you to get started.
Coming up: Sat. Nov. 13th 5-8 PM Fundraiser to benefit medical expenses for Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Caretaker Desi Jurich, Spaghetti Dinner & Chinese Auction, takeout available…Sat. Nov 13th Stephanie brings her honky concertina sound for a Polish polka night at Kuzman’s in Girard… Sat. Nov 20th Union of Poles in America hosts Night at the Races at Sammy’s Party Center, Garfield Heights… Sunday, Nov 21st 11:30-2 Sts. Peter & Paul Parish Chicken Dinner...PM Pierogi Wednesdays Nov. 10th and 17th 5:30-8 PM at St. Stanislaus!
Your PolishYoungstown Team