Gość w dom, Bóg w dom
This famous proverb displayed in many Polish homes translates to mean that “to receive a guest is to receive God” and reflects the importance our culture places on hospitality.
The PolishYoungstown Team hopes that what you and your friends and family experienced on August 25, 26 & 27 reflected the heartfelt effort, pride and enthusiasm that we and our amazing volunteers and supportive sponsors intended.
Expanding our offerings to Saturday night nearly doubled our overall attendance; and it included many, many people who never attended a PolishYoungstown event before. Gotta love evangelization! The HUGE tent gave us a very festive atmosphere and an expanded child’s area and marketplace gave families even more things to enjoy.
We know there were some glitches along the way and we sincerely apologize for your frustration and inconvenience. Przepraszamy! We will address those issues for next year and our 5th Annual Polish Day Celebration will be bigger and better then ever!
We love bringing this event to the influx of Polish Pride to the Valley and want to make it one you will mark on your calendar to attend every year. We have already met and are working on plans for 2013 so now is the time to share your thoughts. Should we stick to one day or party or 1.5? Tell us what YOU think and check out all the pictures here
PHH Celebrates Fruit of the Vine
Polish Happy Hour Youngstown invites you to celebrate Dożynki, the harvest festival, this Thursday, September 13 from 5:30 – 9 PM at Mastropietro Winery in Berlin Center. Join us for a relaxed Indian summer evening as we enjoy each other’s company and sample the fruits of the vine during this special fall event. Dożynki is considered to be one of Poland’s most revered traditions. Throughout Poland’s history much importance was placed on the harvest because it represents the fruits of the farmers’ labors, as well as their ability to sustain themselves throughout the winter months. In gratitude, the lord of the manor would share food, drink and music with his tenants. For our celebration you can present your own fruits since Mastropietro’s caterer is not onsite that day. Instead you can pack your own picnic basket! If you desire, join us in enjoying a platter of kanapki and cookies from the new Krakus Deli for $5 p.p. Advanced reservations requested. Our friend Agata Lyda Khoury will be back from her adventure at Polonia Leadership Training so maybe she can regale us with some stories, too! Want to carpool? We will be meeting at the Hilltop Plaza on 224 in Canfield (next to the McDonald's) at 5 PM to share the ride and will return at 9:30 PM.
Polish Deli comes to Youngstown
While we were recovering from our Polish efforts, our friend Marta Mazur was just diving into hers and opening her own Polish deli and bakery right here in Youngstown! Located on Market Street almost at Rt 224, this new little shop is chock full of all the goodies you love: kielbasa, pierogi and her award winning chrusciki. Even more importantly, she is offering news things you should try maybe for the first time! Powodzenia Marta!
It’s Back to School Time for Adults...
Marta is busy at the deli so we are luck that one of her former assistants has stepped up to teach our Tuesday Polish language classes. Agnieszka Rojak-Kavanagh was a Polish language school teacher in Poland before her immigration to Sharon, PA several years ago. She is passionate about sharing her language and culture and wants to make it fun for an American audience. Why not check it out? On September 18th at 6:30 PM will be an inaugural group class to determine how many levels need to be offered. Classes will begin the following Tuesday evening. Daytime classes are still available at 10 AM at Holy Apostle Parish at the Sts. Peter & Paul hall. During the once-a-week program, you will learn basic language survival or perfect your grammar, depending on your experience level, all while enhancing your knowledge of Poland’s history, modern culture and having fun. It is never too late to learn so come on down and check it out. For more info, call 330-646-4082 or check out the website here.
If you would like your child to learn more about your heritage, the Krakowiaki is resuming Polish School for Kids (ages 4-14) on Thursdays this month. Your children will learn Polish language, customs, and traditions, create Polish crafts and sing some Polish songs. Research shows that connecting with their family's past not only helps children understand where they've come from, it also reinforces values and traditions that are central to a spiritual life. A strong family tree makes kids feel protected and proud to be who they are. For more information, call 330-318-7963.
Fall Family Research
If part of your fall studies include your family heritage, you will want to get familiar with the Polonica Americana Research Institute. PARI is a research facility dedicated to Polish family history and hosts lectures, workshops, and seminars, as well as serving as a repository for immigrant family files. PolishYoungstown is working on taking a weekend excursion to the bucolic campus of St. Mary’s of Orchard Lake to allow you conduct your research and visit their Galeria, museums and the Polish shops in historic Hamtramck. Let us know if you are interested here. More details to follow!
Madonna to be honored by Śląsk
We are excited to announce that the Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble will join us in celebrating the dedication of the Shrine to Our Lady of Częstochowa at St. Columba Cathedral on October 30. This world renowned performance troupe will participate in the dedication mass prelude and be the entertainment at the fundraising dinner afterward. Mark your calendar now because sitting will be limited. This is just one of the special attractions about the dedication. More details to follow very soon!
Polka Walk Gets Main Stream Kudos
Radio broadcaster Larry Walk has been a Sunday staple for Mahoning Valley polka fans for almost a half century. This weekend he was duly recognized for his work by his peers in the broader radio community when he was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame. “I’m humbled to be a polka guy and getting recognition from a “main stream” organization honoring broadcasters of all formats,” says Walk. “I feel like it lifts up and gives a nod to all the polka professionals everywhere.” Sto Lat Larry!!
News from Poland
Economic slowdown finally in Poland?
Jacek Rostowski long insisted he would succeed in driving Poland’s deficit below 3 per cent of GDP this year, despite a chorus of skepticism from economists who felt that the target was very optimistic given the Eurozone’s economic turmoil. Last week Poland’s finance minister had to concede defeat, admitting that the deficit would hit 3.5 per cent of GDP this year instead of the planned 2.9 per cent, largely because of Poland’s slowing economy, affected by slumping domestic demand and continuing gloom in the Eurozone. Learn more about this story and others in Polish Media Watch
September 15 Noon-? Carpatho-Rusyn Vatra, Burton... September 15 10 AM Ethnic Heritage Society at Kravitz’s Delicatessen in Liberty. Program will focus on the history of St. Rocco’s Episcopal Church... Polka Mass, Stuffed Cabbage Dinner & Sale at St. Stephen of Hungary... September 16 12-5 PM The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown Annual Picnic, Woodworth Park... September 16 11:30 AM start Arlington Heights Festival , Tour & Potluck... September 15 & 16 Fall Polish Festival, Baltimore... September 23 Lawrence County Polish Day... October 19-21 National Board Meeting of the American Council for Polish Culture
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team