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

St. George Ukrainian street fair to kick off Ukrainian festival season

by Taras Schumylowych

NEW YORK - On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, May 13, 14 and 15, Seventh Street, between Second and Third avenues, will be closed to traffic and open for a celebration by the Ukrainian community of New York City. St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church is sponsoring the 29th annual Ukrainian Festival, which promises to be the biggest and best yet. The official opening will be on Friday evening.

There will be many booths featuring Ukrainian food - varenyky, kovbasa, holubtsi and home-baked goods - and selling Ukrainian arts and crafts - embroideries, wood carvings, ceramics and pysanky (traditional Ukrainian Easter eggs).

The famous Ukrainian chorus Dumka of New York will give a concert of sacred Ukrainian music at St. George Ukrainian Catholic Church on Sunday, May 15, at 1:15 p.m. The Dumka Chorus performs under the direction of Maestro Wasyl Hrechynskyj.

Festival-goers can enjoy the weekend outdoors, listening to singers and watching those ever-famous Ukrainian dancers with their boundless energy, amazing high jumps and spectacular steps performing the "Hopak" and other folk dances.

All in all, this street festival provides an excellent opportunity to discover or revisit this fascinating ethnic neighborhood in the East Village. One and all are invited to come see this thriving Ukrainian community, which has blended its rich cultural traditions into the fabric of New York City life.

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Copyright © The Ukrainian Weekly, May 1, 2005, No. 18, Vol. LXXIII

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