Be Ukrainian for the weekend

By Natalie Rubino

July 20, 2013 Updated Jul 22, 2013 at 9:30 AM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) St. John's Orthodox Ukrainian Church is hosting it's 82nd annual Ukrainian Days Festival this weekend, giving the community the opportunity to be Ukrainian for a few days.

The festival features homemade Ukrainian food like haloopsi and kielbasi. The women of the parish get together with their daughters and granddaughters days before to bake traditional desserts, passing the recipes and techniques on to younger generations.

Nadya Wasylko is a parishioner of St. Johns Church and says the whole parish community contributes to the annual event.

"This is our big event that helps us fund for our parish," Wasylko said. "Everybody who is a member here works together for weeks to prepare for the festival. It's important for our church and the livelihood of our church."

The church's choir and folk dancers each perform ethnic music and dances during the festival.

Wasylko says it's the food, music and dancing combined that give people the full Ukrainian experience.

"It's really an excellent two days of food and music and culture that we can share with anyone who visits," she said.

The festival runs through Sunday at 6 p.m.

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