Saturday, October 6, 2012

OHIO - PolishYoungstown Celebrates Heritage Month

In 2012, Polish Americans will mark the 31st Anniversary of the founding of Polish American Heritage Month, an event, which began in Philadelphia, PA, and became a national celebration of Polish history, culture and pride.

   PolishYoungstown in Youngstown, Ohio is going all out! Here’s the list of the festivities happening to mark this special month:

·         A Communal Sing took place on October 4 at St. Columba Cathedral Choir Loft.  For the past several months, area choirs have been working to create a Marian-themed CD in honor of the dedication. On this night, the general public was invited to perform and record a community version of “Czarna Madonna to honor the Blessed Mother.

·         Stuffed Cabage Dinner will take place on October 7, hosted by St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic War Veterans Auxillary

·         PolishYoungstown 4th Birthday Party will take place on Thursday, October 11,  5:30 – 9:00 pm at Vintage Estate, Boardman, OH.

·         Copernicus and the Universe - Saturday, October 13 1:00, 2:30 & 8:00 pm 
Ward Beecher Planetarium at YSU

·         The Poles in the New World - Author talk and book signing on Sunday, October 14 at  1:00 pm
Our Lady of Hungary Hall on N. Belle Vista, hosted by the Polish Arts Club of Youngstown
Poles of distinction have made great contributions to North American society. From Pulaski, Brzezinski to Martha Stewart and Steve Wozniak.  Broadcaster Edward Zawadzki has authored a book highlighting the lives and contributions of 50 of the most notable Poles.

·         Polska Kuchnia –Vodka Infusion on Sunday, October 14 at 1:00 pm
Our Lady of Hungary Hall on N. Belle Vista
Advance registration is required. For more info call: 330-427-2752

·         Book Discussion: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen Thursday, October 18 from 7 – 9 pm
In conjunction with the Delta Zeta Book Club at Barnes & Noble in Boardman
Travel back in time with Jacob Jankowski, who as a young Polish American finds himself aboard the rickety train that was home to the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth. Open to the public.

·        Curious About Copernicus - Thursday , October 25 at 4:30 pm
Hosted by the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle, in conjunction with Oh Wow! The Roger & Gloria Jones Children’s Center for Science & Technology
During this special after school event, attendees will get to participate in hands-on activities.

·         Departure Mass and Procession - Sunday, October 28 at 10:30 am
St. Stanislaus Kostka Church, Williamson Avenue
In the spirit of the annual pilgrimage to Jasna Gora Shrine in Częstochowa, Poland, following mass at St. Stanislaus, parishioners and other interested participants will drive in procession to carry the mosaic to St. Columba Cathedral.

·         Dedication Mass and Celebration - Tuesday, October 30 at 5:00 pm  Prelude; 5:30 pm Mass - St. Columba Cathedral
There will be prelude performances by Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble as well as regional choirs.. A celebratory Polish reception will follow catered by Seven Roses Catering. It will include an extended performance by Śląsk Song and Dance Ensemble. Reservations are required; call 330-744-5233.

·         Ongoing all month
Polish Suitcase for Education & Book Displays
In conjunction with the Mahoning Valley Historical Society
A  “suitcase” of artifacts that teachers can use to incorporate Polish items into their classroom, giving the students a hands-on history lesson. Books, maps, costumes, flags, folk art, music CDs, DVD films and much more are in this treasure trove. We also have curricula available here:
- Lesson Plan 1 - The Polish Experience at Jamestown
- Lesson Plan 2 - About Pulaski and Kosciuszko in the American Revolution
- Lesson Plan 3 - World War II - Perspectives on Fear
- Lesson Plan 4 - Nine Days that Changed the World - Story of John Paul II
- Lesson Plan 5 - NCSS 2010 - Linking Cultures and Enriching Lives
Information about Poland - courtesy of SUNY Buffalo

   More information on these and other activities is available at or call 330-646-4082.