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June 20, 2017

Ukrainian League of Philadelphia
800 N. 23rd Street

The Ukrainian League of Philadelphia invites all to a concert featuring contemporary Ukrainian poetry and music. Performing will be the Kharkiv-based Serhiy Zhadan i Sobaky v Kosmosť and the Philadelphia-based Yeezhakâ.

The concert will begin at 8 PM.
Admission is $15.

August 27, 2017

Tryzub Sports Club
Horsham, PA

12 PM to 8 PM


Celebrating the 26th Anniversary of Ukraine’s independence

A dazzling festival of Ukrainian folk music, dance, foods and arts and crafts. Excite your senses with an array of wonderful colors sounds and flavors. Experience the vibrant, enduring culture of a people that fights for freedom!

Sunday, August 27, 12:00 – 8:00 PM. The 26th Annual Ukrainian Folk Festival will be held at the Ukrainian American Sport Center -- Tryzub (, County Line and Lower State Roads, Horsham, PA.

Experience the 26th ANNUAL UKRAINIAN FOLK FESTIVAL, celebrating the 26th anniversary of our ancestral homeland’s independence. Enjoy an outdoor summer stage concert and show (1:30 to 4:30 PM), a public social dance (4:30 – 8:00 PM), homemade Ukrainian foods and baked goods, BBQ pit, standard picnic fare, kid’s fun area, vendors grove, arts and crafts displays and bazaar, cool refreshments, Live Reenactments from Ukrainian history and Ukrainian hospitality.


A Resplendent Outdoor Summer Concert Marking Ukraine’s Independence, the Unity of her People, Their Struggle for Freedom & Dignity & Ukraine’s Entry into the Family of Advanced Democratic Nations!

The artists (dance troupes, musicians, singers and ensembles that have performed in previous years) have created a dynamic and integrated collaborative program. The artistic unity underscores the theme: “United Ukraine; United with Us”.

Recent events in Ukraine, the Euromaidan Protest and Revolution of Dignity as well as the twilight struggle against unlawful Russian aggression, have forged a unified Ukrainian national identity, both in Ukraine and in the Diaspora. America’s support of Ukraine’s commitment to a self-determined democratic future - to life, liberty, freedom and justice – has created permanent bonds of friendship between the two nations. This year’s festival honors these special relationships and developments.

Featured Performers:

Ukraine’s Superstar Singer-Songriter Iryna Lonchyna

Voloshky Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Iskra Ukrainian Dance Ensemble

Efsane Crimean Tatar Ensemble

Violinist Innesa Tymochko Dekajlo

Vox Ethnika Orchestra

Historical Re-enactors

A Ukrainian Public Social Dance (Zabava) to live Ukrainian polka, ballroom, traditional and modern music by the VOX ETHNIKA BAND will follow the stage concert and show.

Admission (Open to General Public): $15; Students - $10; kids under 15 free; Free Parking

Info: 267.664.3857,, or

The sponsor is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt charity: PROCEEDS BENEFIT SPORTS, FRATERNAL, CULTURAL & ARTISTIC PROGRAMMING.

Basilian Volunteer Program

For more than twenty years, Sister Mary Bernarda Arkatin, OSBM, a member of the Order of the Sisters of Saint Basil the Great, Jesus Lover of Humanity Province, initiated summer journeys of goodwill to the needy, orphaned and handicapped of Ukraine. Bearing gifts (material, financial, etc.) and treats as well as compassion and love, Sister became a frequent and welcomed visitor as she traveled from site to site, from institution to hospital, to orphanages and to campsites.

Basilian Volunteer Program:
After Sister Bernarda retired at 90 years of age, the Sisters decided to continue the humanitarian work and handed the baton to Sister Ann Laszok and Sister Joann Sosler to continue the tradition of humanitarian aid to Ukraine. The program is called the Basilian Volunteer Program.

In 2012, Sister Ann with three young women volunteers joined Sister Bernarda on her humanitarian mission. During their two week mission, the group visited “Emmaus Oselia," a homeless shelter that has a community of about 30 people; the Village of Zalochin where Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate have a foster home for 9 children and Brother Ivan’s foster home for mentally challenged persons. The group then met with the six children living at a foster home in Sambir, which is run by the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate. They also visited Sambir's psychiatric institute for children, which currently housed 76 children. The next stop was Cunovudnomu where the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great operate a foster home; the group drove to Ivano-Frankivsk to visit a government run infant orphanage, run by a local doctor, with 30 infants.

At St. Nicholas Village of Mercy, a model orphanage run by the Incarnate Word Sisters the
group played with 50 children up to age 12. From there the group went to Zalucha Children's Institute, a psychiatric institution for children, which has improved a hundredfold in recent years and houses about 70 children that range from totally disabled to mildly afflicted with Downs Syndrome. They also visited Pohon, a psychiatric institute for adults which houses about 70 people.

Then it was on to Yaremche, a town in the Carpathian mountains, which boasts two summer
camps predominantly for orphans founded by Father Swischuk from the Chicago Eparchy. The
final destination was a school in Ivano-Frankivsk that is run by the Sisters of the Order of Saint Basil the Great. For more information see:

In 2013, along with four young women volunteers, Sisters Ann and Joann visited St. Nicholas Village, run by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word; Synovidne, a foster home administered by the Basilian Sisters; an adult psychiatric center in Pohoniv; Bukovo near Starei Sambir, with 70 residents of the Children’s Psychiatric Institute. The “missionaries” then traveled to Zaporizhia in
Eastern Ukraine. Here they were greeted and guided by Nazar Kraivskyi, Director of The Rays
of Light Social Center which offers educational and developmental, consultative, professional
and vocational training to orphaned or abandoned children and young adults. Nazar guided us to several orphanages where we spent time with the children doing crafts and gifting them with toys and clothing. For more information see:

In 2014, the unrest in the eastern sector of Ukraine forced the Sisters to cancel their plans to travel to Ukraine but a donation was sent to the Sisters of Holy Trinity Province to hold a summer camp.

In 2015, because many people feared that the war in eastern Ukraine was not safe to travel, only two male volunteers joined Sisters Ann and Joann on their mission trip to Ukraine. The
previous year the Sisters had decided to organize a one week English camp for orphans and local children. In collaboration with seven Sisters and seminarians of Ukraine, the four Americans held a week long Berlitz-style English camp for 48 children with classes in reading, grammar, phonics and writing. Following the English camp, the team then went on their usual visits to seven orphanages,
halfway houses, adult and children’s psychiatric institutions, homeless shelters, etc. engaging with about 200 children and adults. For more information see:

In 2016, due to the popularity of the English camp in 2015, Sister Ann was asked to organize
four English camps in four different regions of Ukraine: Lviv, Mukachevo,Ivano-Frankivs’k and
Zhytomyr. Accompanying Sisters Ann and Joann for three weeks were fifteen volunteers from
three different Eparchies and five different States: seven were from St. Josaphat Eparchy; seven from the Archeparchy of Philadelphia, and one person from the St. Nicholas Eparchy of Chicago. Many in Ukraine added to the success of the mission. These were drivers who transported the group, those who coordinated and organized the on-site councilors, the Sisters of Holy Trinity Province who provided the room and board. Over 200 children attended
the four camps with participation of six orphans from Eastern Ukraine who traveled to the Rudno camp with their councilor. Over 300 persons visited by a team of seven who accompanied Sister Ann to orphanages, halfway houses, adult and children’s psychiatric institutions and homeless shelters. Videos produced by Michael Haritan, one of our volunteers who is a professional photographer can be viewed on

Volunteer Application Process:
Volunteers are asked to apply. If accepted, volunteers provide their own airfare to Lviv where they are met by the Sisters. The Sisters provide room, board and transportation within Ukraine during the three weeks of ministry.

For an application and additional information for Come and Serve with the Sisters in Ukraine
contact Sister Ann Laszok OSBM or 412-260-1607. Anyone wishing to help
the Sisters financially can donate by sending a check payable to: Sisters of St. Basil the Great c/o Sister Dorothy Ann Busowski, OSBM,
710 Fox Chase Rd. Jenkintown, PA 19046.


The Ukrainian League is assisting with the initiative to collect non-perishable foods (e.g. canned soup, chili, canned tuna, canned beans, canned veggies, canned fruits, canned meats, pasta, rice, cereal, buckwheat, etc.). Any type of canned, non-fragile item that can withstand shipping and transportation by sea will do.

The collection bin is located in the bar downstairs, at the entrance.

This aid will be delivered to the volunteers in Kyiv, who are working to provide for soldiers in 92nd, 80th, and 79th battalion brigades, as well as The Right Sector (Pravyi Sektor).

Shipping will be done via Ukraine Express at a discounted rate.

Please do not hesitate to contact the League with any questions.

In addition to canned food, other items needed are:
550 Military Paracord Rope (for survival bracelets)


Warm Camo clothing

While these items are optional - the primary focus is the food drive - they are also important and necessary in the field. If you were inclined to purchase paracord rope, following are some of the links to give an idea of what is needed:

1000 feet rope (will make 60-75 survival bracelets)

300 feet rope (will make 18-21 bracelets)

100 feet rope (will make 6-7 bracelets)

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