Gość w dom, Bóg w dom

This famous proverb displayed in many Polish homes translates to mean that “to receive a guest is to receive God” and reflects the importance our culture places on hospitality.

   The PolishYoungstown Team hopes that what you and your friends and family experienced at our Polish-American Heritage Days August 23 & 24 reflected the heartfelt effort, pride and enthusiasm that we and our amazing volunteers and supportive sponsors intended.

  Expanding our Poker & Pierogi on Saturday with food offerings allowed many of you who couldn’t make it on Sunday to get your fix the day before! Congrats to Don Mcadame, Tony Flasco and Patty Holecko who took a three-way chop and all were winners! These and the other players donated valuable money to our scholarship and education fund.  

   Pierogi are beloved by you and other Poles so they played a prominent role in this year’s event. The inaugural Youngstown Best Pierogi Contest brought forth some tasty entrants. Thanks to our three judges: Christopher Byrd of the Buffalo Pierogi Contest; Auggie Heschmeyer PYTown’s Mr. PieroGuy and Kimberly Root, Miss Slovakia USA Multiverse 2012. Winners received charming aprons and rolling pins as well as a great ego boost!
They are

* TRADITIONAL (Potato & cheese):  Christine Lukach of Hubbard
* NON-TRADITIONAL: (Spinach & Asiago cheese) Lisa Lotze of N. Lima
* DESSERT: (Carrot cake with caramel sauce)  Lisa Lotze of N. Lima

   The annual Pierogi Eating Contest attracted the most participants ever!
The determined winners were:  

1. Brian Milo, Youngstown
2. Chris Tofilski, Berlin Center
3. Ken Kovalchik, Berlin Center  

  We know there were some glitches along the way…Przepraszamy! It’s an all-volunteer army that loves being Polish!   We love bringing this event to the influx of Polish Pride to the Mahoning Valley and want to make it one you will mark on your calendar to attend every year!

Dziękujemy! Thank You!

Polish Holiday featured at Canfield Fair

Congratulations to Karen Barr and other members of the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown for their work at this year’s Canfield Fair. The group has organized and manned the booth for years as one of its primary annual activities and does a great job each time. This year’s theme was Christmas in Poland and featured an upside down tree, mini szopka and those challenging porcupine ball ornaments. The Polish Arts is always seeking new members…why not you?! Applications available here

Become an active part of PolishYoungstown
Polish Day marks the official kickoff day for our new membership campaign. Our organization was created to revive and preserve the colorful Polish culture that had been a vital part of the Mahoning Valley community.  Since then the common bond for this enthusiastic group of “cultural evangelists” has been sharing the spirit of their heritage by inspiring and educating future generations. Do you share this spirit? Your membership will not only entitle you to a range of benefits (like this snazzy pin and a discount card for local businesses) and members-only activities, but also support the rent for facilities to host our events. But more than just keeping you informed and involved, your membership gives you the satisfaction of knowing that you are personally contributing to the perpetuation of your ancestor’s proud Polish spirit now and into the future. MORE

PHH Celebrates with Suzie
Polish Happy Hour Youngstown invites you to celebrate Back to School at one of YSU’s students’ favorite new places—and other folks too. Join us at Suzie's on Phelps Street Downtown Youngstown on Thursday, September 11, 2014, from 5:30pm onward. In our honor Suzie’s will feature the delicious fall cocktail—the Polish Mule made with Bison Grass and apple juice. Yum!

In addition, we have invited the officers of the YSU Slavic Student Association to meet and greet. The SSA was founded a year or so ago with the support of local Slavic organizations. Its mission is to share our interest in Slavic topics on campus, to connect YSU and Slavic communities in the Mahoning Valley, and to create events that educate others about our rich, colorful culture. ZAPRASZAMY!

It’s Back to School Time

No matter how old we become, September will always make us think of hitting the books. PYTown wants to help you in that area by offering a number of opportunities for you to increase your knowledge and skill in all things Polish. This fall, we are offering the following:

·Polish language AM & PM  
·Polish history
·Polish Cooking
·Krakowiaki Children’s Polish Kids Corner Workshops and
·Polish Cinema screenings (Sundays monthly).
·Complete information and registration will be available early next week!


News from Poland
EU leaders name Donald Tusk president of the European Council
Well before his appointment last week to one of the most senior posts within the European Union, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk had honed a reputation as one of the bloc's most pro-European and politically savvy leaders. The 57-year-old Mr. Tusk has been active in domestic politics for most of his adult life, playing a minor role in the anticommunist Solidarity labor movement that helped usher in democracy in Poland in the 1980s. After the 1989 collapse of the Iron Curtain, he served in various roles in the country's parliament. But it wasn't until 2005, when he ran for his nation's presidency that Tusk emerged as a political heavyweight, despite an election defeat. In 2007, his center-right Civic Platform party won national elections on a free-market platform, and Tusk became prime minister. Four years later, he became the first premier in Poland's recent history to be elected for a second term. Learn more about the new Polish leader of Europe in this story and others in Polish Media Watch

Calendar Highlights
September 11 Polish Happy Hour Youngstown...
Carpatho-Rusyn Vatra, Boardman... September 20 10th Annual Carpatho-Rusyn Vatra Festival, Parma... September 15 & 16 Fall Polish Festival, Baltimore... September 28 Lawrence County Polish Day

Do Zobaczenia!
Aundréa and Your PolishYoungstown Team
Video of the Month

Polish Media Watch

Polish Words of the Month

·         Beach-plaża

·         Ice cream-lody

·         Sandals-sandały

·         Party-strona

·         Friends-przyjaciele

·         Fruit-owoc

·         Travel-podróżować

·         Ocean-morze