|Summer Fun in Poland|
Trapped as a Tourist
Lublin 1983 by Leszek Wajler
When I was in college, I was part of the Kujawaiki dance troupe at Alliance College and we were lucky enough to participate in the world Festival of Polish Folk Dancing. In preparation for the big concert in Rzeszów, we were in training in Lublin and had a chance to get into mischief and do some sightseeing. One afternoon some of my friends and I went to tour the Lublin Castle. I don’t remember much of the tour at this point. What I do remember is that while we were enjoying the exhibits, they closed the museum. Literally turned out the lights and locked us in an inner tower, a section of the building with only tiny window slits, thick walls and a locked oak door at the bottom. We discovered this with two other Polish guys who thought it would be a great night since the male to female ratio was in their favor. Now this was in an era before cellphones or electronics. Our only hope was to yell, so we did. I don’t know if it was that or we just got lucky, but within an hour or so, just as the girls were starting to get antsy, an older gentleman walked across the courtyard smiling and shaking his finger at us. He reprimanded us and sent us on our way.
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First Impressions of Poland
Our friend and event photographer Tymothy Stoll will soon have his own stories to share. Remember back in May when I told you about the Celebrate Polonia photo contest Lufthansa Airlines was sponsoring to "showcase how you cherish and celebrate your Polish heritage?" The promo coincided with their new service to Poland. If you can believe it, Tymothy won the grand prize—a pair of round-trip tickets to Poland!! “I couldn’t believe it was real when I got the email,” says this Cleveland area Polish heritage fanatic who has never been to Poland. “I didn’t really believe it until I saw my name on their website.” Stoll has until May 2013 to make his trip which has no restrictions on duration. “I would like to travel during a holiday time, like Christmas or Easter, but I haven’t booked my trip yet. Now I am trying to put together the money to cover costs of hotels, travel etc. Have funding ideas or travel suggestions? Contact Tym here
PHH on the road to New Castle
Summer is all about travel—big trips and small jaunts. Join us on THIS THURSDAY, July 12 as we make the short road trip over to New Caste to support the American Polish Central Committee as they celebrate their annual Zabawa (think PHH). Hosted with the support of Penn Brewery of Pittsburgh, the event takes place at the Polish Falcons hall on West Miller Street. We haven’t been there since their first event. Special feature will be karaoke with Youngtown’s favorite Polish language student DJ Walter Bielski. In addition, I got a call yesterday from Rocko “Honky Rocky” Naples who’s in town for the week and plans to join us for the fun! We are offering car pool options with designated drivers and a variety of return times, meeting in the parking lot at Bells To Go on Rt 224 between 5-5:30 PM. Zapraszamy! Let us know if you want us to save you a spot!
Hot, soggy, but spirited community participation!
We got rained on then we got sweaty and sunburned. But through it all we managed to have a good time showing our spirit and Polish American pride at the past week’s community activities. Stand outs include the Krakowiaki dancers braving the rain and storm in the Celebrate Poland Parade on Friday, June 29. Then, in the Austintown Independence Day Parade, newly elected Polish Arts Secretary Karen Barr brought her grandchildren and endured in the 100 degree+ weather in our fleece mascot costume. WOW! That is dedication! This past weekend the hot weather didn’t stop either of these dedicated groups from living up to their promised participation in YSUs Festival of the Arts. Even President Cynthia Anderson had to come by and say thanks for that effort. See pics HERE We need to say thanks again to JAD Co. Equipment for the extended use of their warehouse and trailers and our friends in Slavic Village Cleveland for letting us use their huge Polish Eagle and Pope Mobile floats!
Take Me Out to the Ballgames
The warm weather means at least one trip to the ballpark for our family. This year we have two chances! The Mahoning Valley Scrappers are hosting Mascot Mania on Sunday, July 22 and guess who has been invited to participate? Come out and cheer for your favorite Polish Pierogi during their game against the Jamestown Jammers. It is a late start at 5:05 PM so the temperature should be mild too. Let us know if you want us to reserve you a spot at the picnic table! Working with the Cleveland Society of Poles, the Cleveland Indians have not only brought back, but improved Polish Night at Progressive Field on Tuesday, July 24 at 7:05. This year, in addition to the cool parade on the field pre-game- you get reserve seats, a Polish theme t-shirt, hot dog, chips and a drink. You can order your tickets independently but let us know if you want to carpool.
An Especially Holy Celebration
Another great reason to make the drive to Cleveland is to celebrate the reopening of the Polish church. The Homecoming Mass for St. Casimir is Sunday, July 15 at 11:30 a.m. The Mass of Eviction was November 8, 2009. From the following Sunday through this past weekend, there has been a continuous Sunday meeting of the parish on the street and sidewalk in front of the fence that surrounds the church. In that span, American religious history was made. After much effort of letter writing, lawsuits and demonstrations, in March the good news of the reversal on the closures arrived from Rome. Organizers are comparing it to the Old Testament, and the ending of the Babylonian
exile, when Israelis returned to Jerusalem. Let us know if you want to join us.
News from Poland
Was Hosting Euro 2012 worth it?
The soccer team may have lost, but the cities that hosted the Euro 2012 matches in recent weeks turned out to be winners The Financial Times reports that for Poznan, the country’s fifth-largest city, the experience was more than just a cleanup and facelift. It was a chance to show the world that the city was ready for business and investment. This despite the pre-match clashes that made the news. Read more about this story HERE and other news from Poland at our Polish Media Watch.
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team