July 28, 2017

Ukrainian culture to be celebrated in Lehighton, Pa.


The Gerdan Trio from Washington.

LEHIGHTON, Pa. – The Ukrainian Homestead in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania will hold its annual Ukrainian Folk Festival on Saturday, August 19, and Sunday, August 20. The festival gates open at noon on both days, and there is plenty of free parking. Admission to the festival is $5 per person and free for children age 14 and under.

An array of Ukrainian foods will be available, including pyrohy, holubtsi, potato pancakes, shashlyky, borshch, kovbasa and sauerkraut, as well as American favorites and a huge selection of sweets and refreshments.

Ukrainian vendors from throughout the Eastern Seaboard will feature embroidery, pottery, wood crafts, jewelry, music and video recordings, religious items and pysanky.

The highlight of the festival is the stage performances. Shows begin at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Guest performers include the Gerdan Trio of folk musicians from Washington, virtuoso violinist Innesa Tymochko-Dekajlo from Lviv, the famed Dobriansky Brothers vocal trio from New York City, bandurists Oksana Telepko and Halya Leskiw of New Jersey, and a local favorite, the Kazka Ukrainian Folk Ensemble from Schuylkill County, Pa.

On Saturday evening, the festivities continue with a dance at 8 p.m. with music provided by Walter Syzonenko and the Chary Orchestra. On Sunday, Metropolitan Stefan Soroka, will celebrate divine liturgy at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Chapel on the Homestead grounds.

This is a rain or shine event. The Homestead has both indoor and outdoor facilities, including an Olympic-size swimming pool, a performance hall, a motel and a restaurant.

The Ukrainian Homestead is located at 1230 Beaver Run Drive, Lehighton, PA 18235. The Homestead is owned and operated by the Central Executive Committee of the Organization for the Rebirth of Ukraine (known by the Ukrainian-based acronym ODWU).

For more information on the festival or the Ukrainian Homestead, readers may visit www.ukrhomestead.com or contact Ulana Prociuk at 215-235-3709.