Out & About: La Salette Shrine hosts ‘Day for Ukraine’ in Enfield

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 6/9/2022 12:09:07 AM
Modified: 6/9/2022 12:06:59 AM

ENFIELD — Those looking to support Ukraine will have multiple opportunities to do so in the Upper Valley this month.

La Salette Shrine in Enfield will host a “Day for Ukraine” this Saturday, which kicks off at 7:30 a.m. with a pancake breakfast. From noon to 1:30 p.m., women who grew up in Ukraine will provide a lunch of traditional vegetarian borscht and a Ukrainian sampler which will include varenyky — stuffed dumplings — and stuffed cabbage. Ukrainian black currant juice will be one of the beverage options. For an additional donation, attendees can purchase a bowl for their meals made by area students.

The event also will include live music and performances: Ukrainian singer and musician Marko Boroda will perform at 1 p.m. At 2 p.m., Teryn Kuzma, an Ukrainian-American soprano, and Stephan Zaets will perform on the bandura, a 55-string Ukrainian instrument. Then Ukrainian dance ensemble Kolyan’ka, from Stamford, Conn., will perform at 3 p.m., followed by musicians at Ilya Demba, Anastasiya Demba and Mykhailo Shirpal at 4:30 p.m.

There also be Ukrainian-themed crafts, a silent auction, a bake sale and barbecue dinner. The day concludes with Mass at 6 p.m. Father John Sullivan will be joined by visiting Ukrainian priests.

“We started by just wanting to do an event to raise money for Ukraine, and it’s really evolved into a thing where we want to educate people about Ukraine and its culture,” said John Markowitz, one of the organizers.

A half-dozen people formed a committee in late March to plan the event, and soon it doubled to a dozen people.

“Somehow we got into making it bigger and better,” Markowitz said. “You start pulling it all together, which is huge amount of work, but hopefully it will be well-received by the community and they’ll say this is pretty neat.”

He said it was important that, in addition to raising funds to assist refugees, they also celebrated Ukrainian culture. There is also a connection to La Salette: There are six locations in Ukraine, half in the east and half in the west.

“For the most part, you go about your busy lives and you really don’t think much about the country,” Markowitz said.

Then the war started and people started viewing the country through its destruction. When planning the event, committee members wanted to focus on Ukraine’s rich traditions and culture. It was a message others quickly got behind.

“What we found in the greater area is complete support, support all over, people coming out of the woodwork wanting to help,” Markowitz said.

For more information about Day for Ukraine, visit lasaletteofenfield.org.

Additional Ukraine fundraisers

Bingo Fundraiser to Aid Ukraine in Brownsville: Sunday, June 12, 2-4 p.m. Brownsville Town Hall, 22 Brownsville-Hartland Road. Organized by Plast Ukrainian Scouting Organization, via Scouts for Ukraine campaign. Ten games planned for $1 per game. Masks not required. scoutsforukraine@plastusa.org or 203-530-1803.

Ukraine Benefit Concert in Plainfield: Sunday, June 12, 4-5 p.m. Seventh-day Adventist Church of Plainfield, 1050 Route 12A. An afternoon filled with music, dedicated to the people of Ukraine. All proceeds will be donated to help Ukrainians. Seating begins at 3:40 p.m. Masks required. Freewill offering will be collected. plainfieldnh.adventistchurch.org or 603-675-2455.

Ukraine Fundraiser in Woodstock: Sunday, June 26, 2 p.m. North Universalist Chapel Society, 7 Church St. Program interweaves poetry, dance and music dedicated to the cause of Ukrainian resistance. Proceeds go to the Unitarian-Universalist Service Committee’s humanitarian work in Ukraine. Masks required. office@northchapelvt.org or 802-457-2557.

Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.

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