Our most recent Polish Happy Hour took place at the Royal Oaks pub,
located on Oak Avenue in Youngstown. The theme for that night centered
around the steel industry of our not-so-distant past and the ties
immigrants from other countries, Poland included, had to it. Speakers
included YSU Sherry Linkon of Steel Valley Voices project and Keith Mann
of the Steel Museum, who related thought-provoking facts and thoughts on
Youngstown's ethnic history and its connection to the Steel Valley.
The turnout that night was fantastic, and the festivities were enjoyed
by all. We even had a surprise when one of our first-time attendees
treated us to live concertina music! Everyone had the opportunity to enjoy
delicious traditional Polish hors d'oeuvres as well as that night's
signature drinks: the boilermaker and the screwdriver (made with apricot
juice which would have been more common in Poland than our traditional
OJ!). We even had the pleasure of Sobieski Vodka's patronage at our event!
The evening was full of fellowship and ethnic refreshment, and no doubt
everyone who attended this Polish Happy Hour will be looking forward to
our next one in June!
Agi plans summer outing with the Scrappers
New PHH Chair Tom Kusiowski II makes plans with friends from New Castle for an event there this summer
Papiernik with Cika sisters
Ted Lyda former president of Free Polish Krakusy Society and hall joined us but showed where his heart lies
The Kusiowski men welcome Fr. Joe Rudjak fellow Pole & Youngstown's keeper of the ethnic flame
The YMCA's Mike Shaeffer (L) represented his wife's heritage for the nite. Joining him to Play Polish was his friend Joe Halas.
YSU's Sherry Linkon & Steel Museum's Keith Mann educated the crowd on their proud steel valley roots
First time PHH attendee Roger Juntunen surprised and excited the crowd by bringing his concertina to the bar! Helen and Ursula Gerchak took the opportunity to turn things into a sing-a-long!