|Festive Birthday Celebration Enjoyed|
Polish Youngstown and Polish Happy Hour celebrated their 4th birthdays this past Thursday at Vintage Estates in Boardman. Many regular attendees were there and we met some new friends eager to share the excitement of our monthly gatherings. Along with Polish folk music, we played a great game brought by Agi Khoury called "I'm More Polish than You Are!". The participants had a great time interacting with each other, and the prizes were also interactive in many cases. The signature seasonal drink was also a hit. It combined Sobieski Karamel Polish Vodka with local Ohio Apple Cider for a very smooth and refreshing drink. Of course, no birthday celebration would be complete without cake and a round of Sto Lat! We taught some of the new friends the tradition of Sto Lat both as a drink toast and a birthday salutation.
NEXT MONTH: Join us, Jack Kravitz and members of that fabulous Harmonia Band as we celebrate Klezmerklatch, November 8 5:30-9 in Liberty!
Dedication plans continue
The CD is finally in production. The single should be available for individual download very soon. We are delighted to say that Rev. Nicolas Socha, Provincial of the Pauline Fathers at the
National Shrine to Our Lady of Częstochowa, Doylestown, PA and Rev. Eric Orzech, of the Polish American Priests Association and the Shrine Church of St. Stanislaus will be joining Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble, the national ballet of Poland to help us mark this gala celebration. We hope that you will, too. As a reminder that complimentary dinner reservations are still available, but there can be no admittance at the door without a reservation due to food arrangements. Call 330-744-5233.
Śląsk concert in Cleveland
If you want to enjoy even more fabulous Polish folk song and dance, Śląsk Monday, October 29 at 7 PM at Garfield Heights High School. The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle has tickets available for a discounted rate of $30 per ticket. If interested, call Bernedette Zubel at 440-842-1592. If you would like to go but don’t want to make the drive alone, let me know and maybe we can fit you into our car pool.
Teach the Kids about Kopernik
Shout of thanks to the Ward Beecher Planetarium at YSU who made Copernicus & The Universe part of their shows this past Saturday. I was happy to hear my girls spouting their newly acquired knowledge about the solar system. If you didn’t have a chance to take your children to those shows, how about making plans now to get them to Oh Wow! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology on Thursday, October 25 4:30 PM. Hosted by the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle, Curious About Copernicus will take elementary school students through fun, hands-on activities to learn about the astronomer and his theories. In addition, participants will be in a drawing for a four-pack of free admission tickets to OH WOW! Help spread the word on this program with your local school using this flyer.
More reasons to be proud
Everyone who attended Sunday’s book talks by author Edward Zawadzki left standing a little taller and feeling just that much prouder to be Polish. The Canadian broadcaster and author of the book The Poles in the New World was hosted by the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown for Polish American Heritage Month. He regaled us with compelling and even amusing stories of individual and national accomplishments of our fellow Poles. The most endearing stories were about and from his nonagenarian mother, Pani Wanda, who has been through an incredible series of trials as an orphaned youth and prison camp captive to overcome and raise a family in a new world. She is great modeling of strength for all of us Polonia women. Sto Lat Pani Wanda and Eddie on sharing the stories we all should know but do not.
Infusing is serious business!
Everyone seems so intense in the photo despite instructor Tom Kusiowski's humor throughout our Polska Kuchnia class on vodka infusion last Sunday, Oct 14th at 5:00 PM at Our Lady of Hungary hall. We learned that vodka was created by monks in early Poland and, by infusing it with herbs, barks, fruit and nuts, was used as medicine. To this day, alcohol is often a base for medications such as cough medicine. The infusions created that night focused on pleasing the palate and allowing our inventive nature to experiment with various organic combinations. After a 3-month period of aging, the class will reunite at Polish Happy Hour and sample those creations. By incorporating wodka (the name is a derivative of the word woda, meaning water) into our celebrations of life, we honor our inventive ancestors. Vodka is medicine for both the body and soul!
NEXT CLASS: On November 11—just in time for the holidays—we are scheduled to host a class on the popular makowiec, known in Youngstown as kolachi. As always, preregistration is required and class will be $25.00. We also are exploring a class on elements of the Christmas Eve Wigilia dinner and will put it together for December if there is enough interest. For either class, call Tad at 330-427-2752 or email Tad@polishyoungstown.org.
Sound of music worth hearing
The Warsaw Philharmonic--one of Poland's most distinguished musical institutions for more than 100 years—begins its North American tour this week. Although the closest this celebrated group is coming to the Valley is Upstate NY, I am happy that at least our Polonia friends in the far South and California will get to enjoy some Polish culture since they are often ignored. On this tour Maestro Antoni Wit will be joined by 25-year-old Yulianna Avdeeva, the 2010 First Prize winner of the 16th International Frédéric Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Pani Avdeeva is the first woman to win this competition in 45 years and was recognized for the best performance of a sonata. Hear her play as our featured video here
News from Poland
Polish Government to approve shale gas law
The Polish government is expected to approve key assumptions to a long-awaited shale gas draft law this week. The National Geological Institute says Poland's shale gas deposits are the third largest in Europe after those of Norway and the Netherlands. Since 2007, Poland has issued more than 110 shale gas exploration licenses, but has postponed the publication of a legal framework for the development of shale gas resources several times in the past few months. Experts estimate that the rapid development of shale gas production may require an investment of $4 billion per year. This is an interesting story for those of us living in an area currently undergoing a transformation thanks to the controversial shale gas drilling. MORE
Don’t normally share two stories in this part of our newsletter but couldn’t resist sharing this educational piece about the amazing, interesting Białowieża Forest (Puszcza Białowieska) out near my family’s region in NE Poland. Legendary home of the bisongrass for which the vodka is named, it is the last unspoiled ancient woodland in Europe. It is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain. How has it survived over the centuries? Learn about it and others in Polish Media Watch.
October 18 7 - 9 PM Book Discussion: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen in conjunction with the Delta Zeta Book Club at Barnes & Noble in Boardman... October 19-21 National Board Meeting of the American Council for Polish Culture, Youngstown, OH... October 20 Tailgate for the YSU football game CANCELLED... October 21 12 PM Annual Basket Auction, St. Stanislaus Kostka... October 25 4:30 PM Curious About Copernicus hosted by the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle at the Oh Wow! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team