Polish Youngstown

"Sometimes a people, justly provoked and
irritated, by the Tyranny and Usurpations of their
Kings, take upon themselves the undoubted
Right of vindicating their own liberties."

-- Wawrzyniec Goślicki


Polish philosopher
Wawrzyniec Goślicki didn’t write the Declaration of Independence, but he certainly influenced the author. Thomas Jefferson kept a copy of for reference in his library! This common devotion to the cause of liberty and freedom is why Polish Americans across the nation get so excited to celebrate the 3rd of May Constitution Day every year. Poland has had numerous constitutional acts during its long history, but the most significant is the one adopted on May 3, 1791. It was and it embodied many of the same democratic principles contained in our U.S. constitution.

This Polish constitution was the first constitution adopted in Europe and only the world’s second constitution after that of the United States. It served as a rallying point for democracy and freedom throughout Poland over the centuries even though it was never implemented.
Historical review
Because the Poles demanded a democratic government, the neighboring monarchs, in fear of losing their authority, partitioned Poland, absorbed and confiscated its territory, three times, until Poland no longer existed on the map of Europe. The desire for freedom burned in the hearts of Poles throughout 123 years of partition and occupation, followed by a short period of independence after World War I. Poland returned to subjugation in World War II, first under the boot of Nazi Germany, and then under the iron grip of Communist Russia. In 1989 Lech Walesa led a revolt in Poland, which precipitated the fall of Communism in Europe. Poland again regained its independence. Poland’s fight for freedom caused a domino effect throughout Europe, as Communist regimes fell, country after country, until Communism was finally wiped from the face of Europe. Today people of Polish heritage throughout the world celebrate the Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791. It is a symbol of perseverance, pride, loyalty, patriotism and the struggle for freedom from oppressive regimes. Learn more about it here.

Celebrate the Constitution & Raise Funds
Join the Free Polish Krakusy Society to celebrate Polish Constitution Day with a dinner dance and fundraiser. All proceeds benefit the building of their new club headquarters in Poland. This event was always classic “night on the town” at the old club on South Avenue so it is sure to be great! The event will take place on Saturday, April 27 from 6:30 to 11 pm at the Dutch Haus Inn and Suites in Columbiana. Your $35 pp ticket includes a buffet-style dinner, music, basket and 50/50 raffles. Beverages will be available for purchase. Advanced sales only at Ticket must be purchased in advance from Krakusy Society members or online at http://bit.ly/2th5NWT. For more information call 412-721-1304 or email contact@krakusysociety.org.

Celebrate with Cleveland Polonia – twice!
This constitutional anniversary is always a cause for celebration for our friends in Cleveland and this year is no different!  The Slavic Village - Warszawa Historic District kicks off their festivities on Friday, April 26 at 6 pm with Wiwat 3 Maja, a program of the Cleveland Polish schools at the Polish American Culture Center. On Saturday, April 27 at 7 pm a tantalizing concert of classical music by Dr. Konrad Binienda and Konrad Kowal at the Shrine Church of Saint Stanislaus in the heart of Slavic Village. The celebration will continue Sunday, April 28 at 11 am with a Polish Catholic mass at St. Barbara Church 1505 Denison Avenue Cleveland, OH and then a Grand Parade stepping off on Fleet Avenue at 1:30pm then concluding at the Polish American Cultural Center with a cultural program by the Cleveland Polish Schools and Dance groups.
The following weekend, the Polish American Congress will mark the 71st Annual Constitution Day celebrations! The entire weekend of events take place in the area nicknamed Polish Village in Parma. Events start on Friday, May 3 at 6 PM with a Polish Happy Hour at the Ridge Road Tavern. Start the weekend with great music, drink specials and food available for purchase! On Saturday, May 4 at 7 PM the Polonia Ball & Banquet at Holy Spirit Byzantine Catholic Church. Tickets are $50 pp. Food and drinks with music for dancing and listening will be provided by John Szleszynski & Son. Highlight of the evening is the crowning of Miss Polonia, Junior Miss and Miss Babcia. These representatives of Polonia will serve as ambassadors of Polish Americans throughout the greater Cleveland area for the coming year.  Reservations available by calling (216) 970-0507.On Sunday, May 5 Catholic Mass will be at 10 AM at St. Charles Borromeo Church. It will include a colorful procession and Polish hymns. A unique Polish touch will be added to the customary gifts of bread and wine presented at the offertory to include items such as baked bread and salt and an icon of Our Lady of Częstochowa and a White Eagle. The Grand Parade begins at 2 pm at Parma Circle on Ridge Road heading north to Snow Road. The After Party will follow under the big tent in Unity Federal Credit Union parking lot. In addition to toe-tapping polkas performed by North Coast Mix, there will be plenty of piwo and pierogi, too!

Recognizing a Distinguished Educator, Volunteer
In honor of his years of service, the 2019 Parade Grand Marshall will be Dr. Mitchell Bienia. A retired teacher, counselor, department head and administrator in the Cleveland Public Schools and the former owner of the legendary Kniola Travel Bureau, Bienia fell in love with his heritage as a teenager and devoted himself to exploring Polish culture, language and perpetuating this passion in others ever since. Bienia has served Polonia on the national level as a National Director of both the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America and Polish America Congress. He is also a dedicated and devoted leader of NE Ohio’s Polish American community including the Cleveland Society of Poles, Polonia Foundation of Ohio, Polish Legion of American Veterans Post 30 and PolishYoungstown. Congratulations Mitch!!

Calendar Highlights
April 26-28   Warszawa Historic District - Slavic Village Constitution Day Celebration… Saturday, April 27 Krakusy Society of Youngstown Constitution Day CelebrationMay 3 YSU Study trip to Eastern EuropeMay 3-5 Polish American Congress Constitution Day celebrations…Friday June 14 Simply Slavic Preview Nite w Chardon Polka Band…Saturday June 15 Simply Slavic… July 13-14 YSU Summer Festival of the ArtsSaturday, July 20 Krakusy Society Polish Summer Picnic…Sunday, August 18 Polish Day 2019! And you know there will be more to come!

Do Zobaczenia!
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team






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