|Although we’ve had a relatively mild winter, our friends in Poland have endured a deadly one with some of the most bitter temperatures and heavy snowfalls on record. It is traditional after such an endurance test for Poles to satisfy their craving for interaction with others, time in the sun and contact with nature to mark the change in seasons in early May with majówka, the first picnic of the year. City event planners are jumping on the idea and hosting festivals around this while travel agents are encouraging the idea of enjoying an annual long weekend this month. Deals are available on excursions to the mountains, the sea or the even the city. Hits each season are picnics in Zakopane, Krakow and Wroclaw. Equally popular are spa trips to their closest neighbors such as Prague, Budapest and Vienna. There winter-weary Poles can combine relaxing picnics in the city with sightseeing and shopping; the more affluent even chose to picnic in Paris, Rome or Venice. |
Join us as we celebrate this joyous tradition by hosting Majówka: Polish Happy Hour by the River on Thursday, May 10 at 5:30-9 at Riverside Pavilion at B&O Station on the banks of the Mahoning River. In addition to the imported beer, wine and zubrowka vodka cocktail specials that you’ve grown to love, we are making this a special event! Our family friendly celebration will be a potluck picnic so bring along a side dish to share! PolishYoungstown will provide the kielbasa to grill on a stick over the fire! It will be fun for all ages with games and prizes, so bring your children, chairs and blankets! To make it really festive, we are providing live music for a sing-a-long and dancing plus Accordion Jam Session led by One Man Band Ralph Szubski. Fear not, in case of bad weather, all activities will move indoors. Zapraszamy!
Vote for Second Harvest Food Bank
Our friends at the Second Harvest Food Bank need your support TODAY. The region’s food assistance warehouse is currently in second place for the Walmart Fighting the Hunger Together contest. The community with the most votes will share a $2 million donation from Walmart. YOUR VOTE COULD MAKE IT HAPPEN! To vote, click the link, then select Ohio and then select Youngstown-Warren. Facebook users can vote once per day through Monday! Cast your vote today! More
Pussy Willow Prince Apologizes
Apparently we weren’t the only ones who were annoyed by Anderson Cooper’s handling of the Dyngus Day segment on his CNN show. This perceived lack of respect led many Polonians, particularly in Buffalo itself, to become upset, feeling that he was insulting Polish heritage. The uproar was so great that Cooper invited Dyngus Day Buffalo Chair Eddy Dobosiewicz, on the air with him. Dobosiewicz graciously accepted Copper’s extended apology and invited Cooper to be the first “Pussy Willow Prince” at the 2013 event. I think Cooper’s quick apology reflects that, after the President Gordon Gee incident, people are more aware that Polonia isn’t as willing to take such comments without response anymore.While watching the segment I was excited to see our friend Rocco Naples singing his heart out on a float in the Dyngus Day Buffalo parade. When I called to ask him about it, Rocco said he hadn’t seen the episode himself, but had received many similar calls about it. Click on the picture to check him out…he says he was on the General Mills Jedzie Boat float! Hee hee
Polish Doctors Fighting Cancer…
…And searching to bring pleasure
You might remember in a past issue we introduced you to Dr. Stansilaw Burzynski and his clinic in Texas where he has been successfully treating cancer patients for using the gene-targeted cancer medicines he calls antineoplastons while fighting the Food & Drug Admin for the right to do it. This medical doctor and biochemist just won the largest and most convoluted legal battle against the FDA in American history! As a result his treatments could begin the final phase of testing this year – if he can raise the required $150M to fund them. To help raise that money, Dr. B is hoping to win the Alive NYC Best Documentary for his story “Burzynski The Movie - Cancer Is Serious Business”. Check out the review here You can help by taking just a moment to click here and vote for this film. No need to register, just select “Burzynski Movie” and vote.
…And searching to bring pleasure
Dr. Adam Ostrzenski has long dreamed of finding a piece of elusive territory with a reputation for near-mythic powers, the G spot, the long-conjectured trigger for enhancing female orgasm. In an article published this week by the Journal of Sexual Medicine, the semi-retired Florida gynecologist declared that he had found it. To do so, Ostrzenski conducted a postmortem examination of an 83-year-old woman in Warsaw Medical University's Department of Forensic Medicine. Unlike the United States, which strictly regulates the research use of cadavers, Poland allows the dissection of human remains soon after death, when fine distinctions in tissue remain easy to see. MORE
Speaking of Famous Poles
There have been three new inductees into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame. Former Detroit Lion Pro Bowl quarterback Greg Landry, women’s basketball great June Olkowski and three-time NHL All-Star Tom Lysiak have been elected. The election of Landry, Olkowski and Lysiak brings the National Polish-American Sports Hall of Fame (NPASHF) roster to a total of 126 honored inductees. The trio will be honored at the induction banquet in Detroit in June. MORE
News from Poland
BBC focuses its camera on Poland
The British Broadcasting Channel is focusing on the Polish people with two of its popular shows this week. The “Working Lives” series, which features six locals from very different walks of life, interviewed a number of people from Krakow. Its reporters look at the daily routines of a female tram driver, the millionaire head of a window manufacturer, a Hejnał trumpeter, a farmer, a steelworker and a student. The show is available for our viewing online.
The BBC’s “One Square Mile” series is in Warsaw. Host Paddy O’Connell tours the new National Stadium—home to this summer’s Euro 2012: European Soccer Championships. He also talks to the residents of the bohemian Praga arts district and samples a traditional milk bar. Check it out online here.
Reflecting the number of Poles living abroad in BBC territory, the channel’s website also has a regular section called Poland Direct full of great pictures and factoids. I was there a full 20 minutes before I realized how engrossed I had become! Learn more about this story here and other news from Poland at our Polish Media Watch
April 29 Remembrance at the National Katyn Memorial, Baltimore… May 4-6 Wheeling Polka Fest…May 12 Thaddeus Kosciuszko Park dedication, Columbus… Kuzmans hosts Mother’s Day Eve celebration with Polka Tones & Del Sinchak…May 26 Holy Name Society SS. Peter & Paul Church Reverse Raffle… June 15 Deadline to apply for Summer Language and Culture Program at Maria Curie-Sklodowska University in Lublin.
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team