Obviously it took while to recover from last weekend’s busy celebration. But we have the energy now to proudly announce that our own Lauren Lotze was crowned Miss Polonia Ohio 2010 last weekend at the Polonia Ball at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Parma. The pageant was part of the Polish Constitution Weekend Celebration hosted by the Polish American Congress-Ohio Division. It included young ladies varying in age from 18 – 26 years. Judges were representatives of each of the Polonia organizations that are members of the Polish American Congress. Polish Youngstown’s Community Outreach Coordinator Marianne Poprik represented us as a judge. Lotze received more than $500 in cash and prizes. In addition, she has the opportunity to compete in the national 2010 Miss Polonia USA National Finals Pageant held October 23rd 2010 in New York City. National finalists even have the opportunity to travel to Poland and represent the United States in the Miss Polonia worldwide competition. Last Sunday, she participated in the PAC’s Grand Parade through Parma and will be requested to represent the Polish American Congress, Ohio Division and its members at events throughout the year and relinquish her crown at the 2011 Polonia Ball. Lauren’s accomplishment was only part of the fun of the weekend. PolishYoungstown hosted Friday night’s happy hour. Although it started at one location and ended at another, a good time was had by all who participated. At Saturday night’s Polonia Ball dancer’s from the Krakowiaki enjoyed the opportunity to perform in the Rzeszow Suite with Choreographer Cathy Katrenich’s primary dance group, Living Tradition Folk Ensemble. And despite concerns about the weather, the sun shone on Sunday’s parade. Pride of Parma was nice enough to loan us their float and the dancer enjoyed waving to the crowds while our friend Roger Junten played his concertina for all to hear. At the After Party, PHH Tom Kusiowski II made his premiere as a member of the Kujawaiki. See more pictures HERE.
Gratulacje dla wszystkich uczestników!
Jeszcze Polska nie zginęła,kiedy my żyjemy
The opening words of Poland’s national anthem were originally penned to lift the spirits of Polish soldiers after the third partition of their country erased it from the world map. But the meaning of the words—Poland has not perished yet so long as we still live— remind us now that the incredible loss suffered by our fellow Poles last month will not be in vain if it serves to teach. After a decades long cover up of the slaughter of more than 8000 officers and intellectuals in the Katyn Forest, the truth of the tragedy was page-one news around the world. Now it is time for us in the Mahoning Valley to learn this terrible piece of our history. In that spirit, PolishYoungstown in collaboration with YSU’s History Department will host an evening devoted to the topic on Wednesday, May 19th at 6:30 PM in the Debartolo Hall auditorium (Room 132). Brian Bonhomme, associate professor of Russian and Soviet history, will present an information session on the incident followed by a screening of Andrzej Wajda’s Academy Award nominated film Katyń. This event is free and open to the public. It is our job as Polonia to learn our history and share it with others. Please make the time to attend and bring someone with you. Learn more about Katyn here and review the Kaytn Conference in DC last week here.
Polish Happy Hour Youngstown is heading north on May 13th when we are hosted by Shakers in Liberty on their beautiful patio. You’d never know it from the front but the back of that place looks and feels like you are partying in Millcreek park! PHH Chairmen Tom Kusiowski II and his committee will share more details next week but want you to mark your calendar. Rocko and Roger also are working on something musically special to celebrate the warm weather too!
As you are planning summer camps for children, grandchildren think about this one…Since 1994, the deadline for the American Council for Polish Culture (ACPC) week-long Youth Leadership Conferences (YLC) in Washington, D.C. has been extended. The conference provides 17 to 26 year olds of Polish background with an up close and intensive opportunity to explore the political processes and interact with national and international leaders in the realms of foreign policy, business, science, education, journalism, culture, Polish American and east-central European affairs. The 25 young Polonians are selected from all over the United States. It is a particularly attractive opportunity for those in civic and political activism to realize their full potential and to assume leadership roles in various fields at all levels of society. The conference will be held this year from June 20 - 26. Information and applications can be found here.
COMING UP: Here are a few more things on our calendar for the month…the 2nd Annual “MAJOWKA” to be held on Saturday, May 15, 2010 at the Pulaski PNA in the West End of Pittsburgh. … Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church & Dana School of Music presents acclaimed Polish-American harpist Kirk Kupensky performing the world premiere of composer Kathy Henkel’s “Salve Regina” on May 16th at 1:30 PM Admission is free… Don’t forget the moving “Fabric of Survival: The Art of Esther Nisenthal Krinitz,” will be on display only until May 23rd….This month Polish Night at Kuzman's is Sat. May 29th...Three Poles Walk into a Bar Comedy Tour at the Youngstown Club on June 5th 8 PM.
Your PolishYoungstown Team