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Polish Youngstown Offers Culture, Food Tradition to Locals

By November 12, 2012

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If you're lucky enough to live anywhere near Youngstown, Ohio, and you happen to be Polish (or would like to be!), check out Polish Youngstown.

Szopka
Szopka
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This community-based group bills itself as "your source for all things Polish in the Mahoning Valley." I wish I had this organization in my neck of the woods. The classes and workshops they offer -- (szopka making, pierogi making, language classes, to name a few -- and Polish cultural events they feature on a regular basis are phenomenal.

Take the szopka-making class, for instance. Along with making and taking the creation home, a lesson is learned. A szopka is a nativity scene which originally began as a "blue collar" art form in the Middle Ages built by Kraków masons when they couldn't ply their trade in late fall because of the rainy season. Instead, they made and sold these elaborate structures. People from other parts of Poland, especially the north, aren't familiar with them since they hail from the southern climes of Poland, namely Kraków.

Even if you don't live close enough to avail yourself of one of these offerings, their website has a plethora of information on everything Polish. Check it out.

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