The celebration continues this week as we recognize
Polish American Heritage Month.
The Polish Arts Club of Youngstown Battle for Warsaw event on Sunday was a very moving experience... The documentary film was extremely well done and gave all of us a much better education on the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. In fact, our guest, Cleveland resident and resistance fig hter Halina Junak, asked for some time after the viewing before she spoke because she felt “she had just returned from Warsaw.” Junak shared with the group how she joined the fighting and was later disdained by some fellow Poles. She was imprisoned for her efforts too and for 10 years did not see her family. “I gave my youth for freedom,” she said, “but would do it again because it is worth fighting for.” In attendance was Youngstown resident and former WWII pilot Richard Ames. Ames was part of the US contingent that flew relief supplies in to provide aide to citizens of Warsaw during the Uprising. He had never met a person involved in the battle and was quite eager to find out whether his efforts were of any help. Unfortunately, the US and Russian aid efforts were deemed too little too late by historians and Pani Junak agreed. However, the two enjoyed some time discussing details of the effort and even compared their service medals. Part of Junak’s speech was taped and we hope to have it on our YouTube channel for you later this week.
We love to hang out at the Youngstown Club and enjoy it even more when it is for our own Anniversary celebration. Highlights of this month’s Polish Happy Hour include: a photo slideshow of our history put together by Agi; a Team Trivia game organized by Michele that allowed guests to learn a little more about us personally, and; Lisa’s gifty Thank You/Prize beers that we used to thank our community partners, such as the Scrappers, Millcreek Park and YSU Center for Judaic and Holocaust Studies. These monthly get togethers are a great way to catch up with friends, learn a little something about your culture and each other! If you would like to act as coordinator one month, Ken would appreciate the help. Jump into the action by volunteering! Ivan Vincanzini did and next month, we head back to Vintage Estates Wine Bar in Boardman. Our last event there has become legendary so mark your calendar now Thursday, November 11th 5:30-9 PM. More info will be forthcoming.
Before it gets too chilly the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle spent the day off last week doing community service. The girls, joined by Cynthia Foust and Paula Horvath, got their hands dirty planting the entire flower bed in front of St. Columba Cathedral with spring bulbs. They then headed over to do a cleanup and plant some more at the outdoor shrine at St. Casimir. Although they did it with a smile, the girls favorite part was the cider, donuts and hotdogs provided for them along the way. Special thanks go out to Millcreek Park gardens for their donation of the gorgeous bulbs. Can’t wait to see the display!
Monday morning we had the pleasure of welcoming Jerzy Darski, Director of the Polish American Veterans Foundation, and other organization officials from Chicago. The group stopped on their way back from a board meeting in NYC and wanted to personally see the monument and discuss options for its relocation with Poland officials. Monument Project Chair Lisa Lotze is in ongoing meetings and it looks like we might reach out goal of making this move this year. Your support would certainly be appreciated. As soon as we get approval, the finances will have to be in place to make it happen. Click here for info.
In our honor, Barnes & Noble in Boardman and now the librarians at Youngstown Public Library Main Branch have a wonderful display of books put up in honor of Polish American Heritage Month. Stop by and take a peak! Tomorrow, Thursday, October 21st 7- 9 PM the Delta Zeta Book Club will host the discussion: The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and The Age of Revolution at Barnes & Noble in Boardman. I know many of you purchased that book when author Alex Storozynski was in town last fall. The book is now available in paperback, too. Stop in and learn more about it!
We started our Novena to Our Lady of Częstochowa yesterday. This beloved icon was supposedly painted by St. Luke on a tabletop built by Jesus himself. It is held in the highest esteem by the Polish people, credited for saving the country from invaders and even Communism. Learn more about Her here. That is one of the reasons were so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Cathedral on this project. Please consider joining us in this special event.
Remember: To accommodate participation in the novena, St. Stan’s has changed PM Pierogi to TONIGHT Wednesday, October 20th 6-9 PM Join the expert Pierogi Ladies for an enjoyable lesson in the proper and prettiest way to roll, fill and pinch everyone’s favorite Slavic dumpling. Think of it as a quilting bee…with dough!
Coming up: Sat, Oct 23rd Youngstown’s own Miss Polonia Ohio Lauren Lotze will try to reach the next level by participating in the National Miss Polonia Competition in New York City. Sto Lat Lauren!...Sun, Oct 24th 12 PM Annual Chinese Auction at St. Stanislaus Kostka…Sun, Oct 24th 12 PM PNA District 9 Regional Meeting at St. Casimir Church All members welcome. Dinner will be served…Oct. 24th “Celebrating His Heritage in His House” Polish Heritage Day at Pope John Paul II Cultural Center, Washington, DC…Looking ahead, Friday, Oct 29th 6:30 PM CSOP Reverse Raffle and Silent Auction Tickets still available…Join to march in the YSU Homecoming Parade Sat, Oct 30th at 11AM.
Your PolishYoungstown Team