ELLENVILLE, N.Y. – As another summer approaches, the membership of the Ukrainian American Youth Association (UAYA) prepares for a stellar summer of festivals, concerts, camping, outdoor recreation and outdoor dances in Ellenville, N.Y.
Adrian Dlaboha, newly elected president of the Ukrainian American Youth Association’s national board, states, “In our eighth season of the Nadiya Ye Festival, I am excited for this tradition that has earned international recognition by artists throughout North America and Ukraine. We are very excited to welcome to the Nadiya Ye Festival the Ukrainian punk rock group Flit, a group that has wowed audiences in Ukraine since 2001. For the past eight years, these concerts have inspired our youth attending our camps to listen to and follow music in Ukraine. This aligns with our educational efforts to inspire our youth to speak, read, and write in Ukrainian.”
The 2018 Nadiya Ye Festival is scheduled for the weekend of June 29 through July 1. The main concert is scheduled for Saturday, June 30, at 8:30 p.m. Before Flit of Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine, takes the stage at 9:30 p.m., audiences will be treated to a grand concert featuring the Iskra Dance Ensemble from Whippany, N.J., and superstar soloists Yulia Vusyk and Christina Yavdoshnyak, a member of the Ukrainian American Youth Association branch in Yonkers, N.Y., who won the 2016 Yonkers Idol and has performed with the Yonkers Philharmonic Orchestra. This year’s festival will also include the Friday night performance of DJ Stas and his laser light show, and dances on Saturday and Sunday featuring the zabava band Holosni Susidy of New York.
The 2018 summer at what is popularly called “Oselia” will also include many activities for our youth, a golf tournament, a softball tournament, Dibrova Lounge pub nights, and a variety of weekend performances by Ukrainian folk dance groups, singers and much more.
For additional information about children’s camps or the Ukrainian American Youth Association, call us at 845-647-7230 or visit cym.org/us-ellenville.