The air at Ostatki 2011 was heavy with the sound of martini shakers and clinking glasses. The Vesica Vodka Vodka Cocktail Contest drew five pre-registered contestants and one “surprise” last-minute entrant. Lisa Lotze took home the crown with her interestingly named drink Drowning the Winter Witch. It referenced the annual Polish ceremony meant to bring about an end to winter of the same name. It was unanimous choice of our four “celebrities about town” judges pictured above: Todd Franko Clarke Johnson, Natalie Lariccia and Tyler Clark. They commented on how great all of the competitors’ entries were, but Lisa’s won hands down based on originality of name, appearance, taste and creativity. Learn more about the contest and the event here.
More places to celebrate
If you missed our event but still want to party…join our friends from the Polish Cultural Council of Pittsburgh at their Mardi Gras on Saturday March 5th. Tickets are $80 per person. Or if you want to polka, join Gary, Christine and the rest of the American Polish Central Committee in New Castle for their Ostatki dance. and it is sure to be a grand time. And if you want to be really authentic, wait until Tuesday night and party at Kuzmans Girard where they are having the Paczki Ball at 7 PM.
Pączki a Big hit
Speaking of pączki, the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle wraps up their annual sale of these tasty pre-Lenten treats today. The response has been fabulous! The Youngstown Vindicator and channels WKBN & WYTV featured local gals Helene Tofilski, Marta Mazur and Agi Khoury in action making the treats and everyone wants to try them. If you still want to order, come over to St. Joseph the Provider tonight between 7-8 pm and place your pre-paid order! Read the Vindy article here and learn more about paczki here.
John Paul II Beatification
The faithful in Poland and Roman Catholic church leaders are rejoicing over the beatification of the Polish-born Pope John Paul II. To support that effort, PolishYoungstown and Kinnick Funeral Home are working with the Diocese of Youngstown to host a celebration mass and vigil on Saturday, April 30th at 4 PM at St. Casimir Church on Youngstown's North side. Mark your calendar now! More info here.
Retired St. Louis Cardinal Stanisław Franciszek Musiał was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom last month after a social media campaign by his fan base drew attention to his accomplishments. Learn about it here.
Cardinal supporters and Musial admirers were encouraged to take their picture with the caricature of the 'Stand for Stan' and forward the photos onto Facebook and elsewhere. Learn about it here.
"There is only one thing worse than Auschwitz itself…and that is if the world forgets there was such a place"
These words of a camp survivor are even more poignant years after the 1945 liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. With that in mind, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation is hoping to use a similar social media campaign to help preserve the death camps as a piece of our history. Learn more about "Intervene Now!" campaign here and at least do your part by taking the pledge to say you recognize "what happened, what happens and what could happen again."
Discovering your roots the easy way
Starting the family tree is as popular a new year’s resolution for me as weight loss. But I think I’ve finally found something to make it easier. STO LAT: A Modern Guide to Polish Genealogy, by Cecile Wendt Jensen, is a lavishly illustrated workbook which offers a plan for researching at least 100 years of family records. Jensen’s techniques were developed over more than 30 years of research and teaching. Learn more about it here.
NOTE: PolishYoungstown is talking to Jensen about coming to do a workshop for us here. Interested?Email us and tell us so!
Mark your calendars: Paczki Sale pick up March 7th 5-7 PM at St Columba... March 5thOstatki in Pittsburgh... March 5th St. Casimir’s Feast Day Celebration... March 5th Ohio Chapter of The Kosciuszko Foundation Annual Awards Banquet... March 8th Kuzmans’ Paczki Ball.
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