A Ukrainian Summer: where to go, what to do...

Make reservations for Soyuzivka to take advantage of all it has to offer

by Andrew Nynka

PARSIPPANY, N.J. - The Ukrainian National Association's Soyuzivka resort, located in the Shawangunk Mountains of New York state, has planned a number of new outdoor activities and events for this summer meant to attract guests to the resort.

Soyuzivka General Manager Nestor Paslawsky told The Weekly that aside from an increase in the number of summer camps offered, the resort will also provide guests with an opportunity to utilize much more of the property.

Soyuzivka will continue to provide guests with its usual array of amenities, including tennis and swimming facilities, air-conditioned rooms, a completely rebuilt dining room and various venues for socializing, but he said there will also be some additional activities to entertain guests this summer.

With an expanded and improved wilderness trail system, guests can explore and see more of the resort, while weekly paintball games and rock climbing lessons will provide onsite activities to those with a more adventurous spirit.

Soyuzivka will also continue to host the popular kayaking classes in the resort's pool and intends to organize kayaking excursions to local rivers for those who want to take their kayaking beyond the pool and into more challenging waters.

A golf week, to take place at a local club, and a two-day sports festival to be held at Soyuzivka, are also planned for the summer, while traditional theme nights - a mainstay at the resort - are also scheduled throughout the summer.

Mr. Paslawsky said the resort is toying with the idea of converting the Veselka snack bar into a Ukrainian deli, while the Trembita Lounge has undergone a slight change with the addition of a pool table.

Even with other (as yet unannounced) changes on the way, Mr. Paslawsky said, guests can still expect a variety of bands and musical performances on most weekend nights, with the highlights coming on the Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends.

The acclaimed Askold Buk Trio and the Fata Morgana band are scheduled to perform during the Memorial Day weekend, while such diverse sounds as Luna, the Philly Funk Authority, The Wave and Nove Pokolinnia - are also scheduled to perform at the resort throughout the summer.

The summer fun at Soyuzivka begins with Memorial Day events on May 28-31, continues through June, July and August, and wraps up with the biggest gathering of guests of all ages during the Labor Day weekend, September 3-6.

For more information on Soyuzivka, the upstate New York resort owned by the Ukrainian National Association, or to find out more about any of the events taking place there during the summer of 2004, readers may log on to the resort's website at www.soyuzivka.com, call (845) 626-5641, e-mail Soyuzivka@aol.com or write to the resort at 216 Foordmore Road, P.O. Box 529, Kerhonkson, NY 12446.

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Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, May 2, 2004, No. 18, Vol. LXXII

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