PolishYoungstown hosted more than 125 people gathered together to get toasty with delicious food, tasty drinks and warm friendly company. Musician Radoslaw Fizek, a talented violinist, singer and entertainer from Pittsburgh, braved the travel restrictions and thrilled the group with melodies on his electric violin as well as from his vast music selection. The results of his rallying the guests can be seen on several YouTube videos that were posted of the evening HERE.
One of the evening’s highlights was the first-ever Vodka Cocktail Contest sponsored by Adamba’s Bison Grass Vodka. Superb drinks using Polish vodka as a base were entered by Café Cimmento, the Youngstown Club, the Lemon Grove, Imbibe and Shakers. Each was judged on its name (since it had to have something to do with Poland or Polish), presentation, creativity, originality and taste. The judges were (L-R) Lyndsey Hughes, Director of Downtown Events; Mark Peyko, Publisher of MetroMonthly; and Mitchell Bienia of Kniola Travel Bureau, PolishYoungstown’s coordinator for its upcoming trip to Poland.
The winning mixologist was Amber Foster of The Lemon Grove. She mixed a drink created by Lemon Grove Manager Allisun Brenner. Called Gruszki w Czekoladzie, it translates to mean pears and chocolate and was created to highlight what they felt were ideal seasonal flavors. This fresh-tasting martini features Bison Grass Vodka, white creme de cocoa and honey-roasted pear puree shaken and strained into a martini glass twirled with chocolate sauce. It was garnished with pear wedge and a blade of bison grass. For winning, Foster received a $100 gift certificate for bison steaks, a set of steak knives and a bottle of Bison Grass vodka! The drink will be a featured special at the Lemon Grove for the rest of the month.
Guests enjoyed the vast selection of ethnic food, numerous drink selections traveling with their personalized passports and meeting new people while trying to solve their Polish trivia questions. The Paczki Parade seemed to be a perfect culmination of these activities. The celebratory donuts were brought out with much fanfare and included a hidden surprise for one lucky winner. This year that was Terri Kechler who received her lovely sash as well as dinner for two at the Youngstown Club.
Thanks goes out to all that made this event possible, most especially the following sponsors: Adamba’s Bison Grass Vodka; Zywiec Beer, A.A. Samuels Sheet Metal. Co. Inc., Chalet Premier, Ghossain’s Mediterranean Food and Kathy & Ted Szmaj.
Due to severe weather conditions, Polish Happy Hour Youngstown had to postpone this week’s event to Thursday, February 18th. We will be at Salty Grogs in Boardman. We will have to make it extra fun since we made you wait a week! More details on that to follow.
Take one last chance to celebrate before you begin the solemnity of Lent by celebrating Feb 16th to Paczki Day. There’s still a few seats left to join us on our daytrip to Hamtramck, MI—the largest festival in the world celebrating the delicious oversized donuts. Music, drinking, dancing, shopping for folk crafts and authentic Polish meats and groceries will make this celebration one we can savor throughout the 40 days of Lent. Call Aundrea to get a spot at 330-646-4082.
Need to stay close to home? No worries! Take the family to Kuzman’s Lounge in Girard for some food and music from 7:00 - 10:30 PM There will be three bands: Jack Vasko, Wayne Tomsic and Eddie Vallus.
If you can’t make it this time, mark your calendars for our spring bus trip on April 5th to Dyngus Day. We will even be joining in this year’s parade! We also have unveiled the long-awaited itinerary for this summer’s trip to Poland 2010 as well as the plan and costs. We encourage each of you to consider making the time to join us on one or all of these adventures. If you like PHH, you can imagine how fun it is to extend it to all day, over night or for two weeks!
The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown is extending an invite for you to join them to honor Fryderyk Chopin on the occasion of his 200th Birthday. The life and legacy of this outstanding Polish composer and pianist, known as The Poet of the Piano, will be celebrated during the group’s annual scholarship, art, music and tea reception on Sunday, February 21st at 1 PM at the Butler Institute of American Art, Butler North performance space. Musical selections will be performed by Edward Bak, a Youngstown native and accomplished, internationally respected pianist and vocal coach with credits in the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia.
The Kosciuszko Foundation acquired the National Polish Center late last month in hopes that it will give the Polish-American community an expanded presence in our nation's capital. Foundation President Alex Storozynski said he wants all Polish-Americans to think of the 2025 O Street brownstone as their headquarters in Washington, D.C. He extends an invite to all of us to make learning about Polish contributions to life, liberty and culture in America part of your D.C. tourism itinerary.
Your PolishYoungstown Team