I had a beautiful afternoon yesterday on Polish Hill for their 3rd Annual Arts Festival. This year, lots to do and see with the addition of Free4All Music Festival by Project 53 and all the new local businesses -- Urban Gypsy, Lili Coffee Shop, The Copacetic Comics Company & Mind Cure Records. Pop City said it best: Punks, nuns and pierogies: Polish Hill is not just for kielbasa anymore.
It's so exciting to see the neighborhood in its renaissance and to meet and chat with the local business owners (like Paulette Still-Khouri, Urban Gypsy) who are trailblazing its boom. That area is specifically calling to On The Vine with its hard-working, East European roots, which can still be felt today walking the hilly, cobblestone streets. The most recognizable landmark that can be seen from most locations on Polish Hill and from afar (driving across Veterans Bridge or through the Strip) is the Immaculate Heart of Mary Church and its 'Polish Cathedral' style of architecture that sets the tone for the entire neigbhorhood.
Polish Hill has a nostalgic feel... it reminds me of long & happy summer days at my grandparents', who lived in a coal mining community with strong East European immigrant influences. It's honest, down-to-earth and overflowing with character & culture. I'd love to become a part of that community as a resident or business owner. Hmm... the possiblities:)
Give some internet love to these folks and check them out yourself for Day #2 of the Polish Hill Arts Festival (Sunday, July 18th):
- Polish Hill Civic Association: http://www.phcapgh.org/ and follow their blog: http://blogski.phcapgh.org/
- Urban Gypsy: http://www.gypsypolishhill.com/ and great write-up via PopCity
- Lili Coffee Shop: via their Facebook page
- Mind Cure Records: via their Facebook page
- Copacetic Comics Company (recently moved to Polish Hill!): http://www.copaceticcomics.com/
- Project 53: http://www.myspace.com/project53pgh
Show your Polska pride by snagging some Polish Hill Gear at the vendor tent at the festival or online: http://www.phcapgh.org/phca-gear.html
download a PDF of the Festival Information Sheet from phcapgh's site.