March 25, 2016

Spring has sprung, and Soyuzivka is getting ready for the season


Roma Lisovich

KERHONKSON, N.Y. – As part of the Soyuzivka Heritage Center’s revival, renovations continue this spring. Along with the continuation of Phase II of the paving projects at the center, the road toward the Lviv and Kyiv buildings will be completed.

IMG_0815Although invisible to our guests, there is a major renovation of the reservoir, which holds our pure mountain water. An essential component of Soyuzivka’s operation, the reservoir will get a new rubberized coating, the cost of which is $90,000.

IMG_0944The most visible and welcome to guests will be the renovation of the Main House (as seen in the photos here). Gone will be the dropped ceiling tiles, pink tiles and brown 1960s paneling. The right wing of the second floor has been stripped to the studs, leaving the bare bones structure. Plumbing is being fixed and new bathrooms, walls, ceilings and light fixtures, as well as carpeting, are being installed. Each renovated room will have its own air conditioning/heating unit installed in the wall, allowing guests to control the settings. In addition, the balcony rooms have been beautified with the installation of new screened-in French doors.

To the delight of future brides and grooms, the already picturesque chapel on Soyuzivka’s grounds will see a facelift with a new tetrapod and paved terrace in front of the chapel.

Stay tuned for more updates as the spring progresses.

Roma Lisovich is treasurer of the Ukrainian National Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that owns the Soyuzivka Heritage Center. The UNF is an affiliated company that performs charitable activities on behalf of the Ukrainian National Association.