On Sunday, October 3, 2010, as one walked into the Ukrainian Cultural Center on the Metropolia grounds of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of USA, one was greeted with the aromas of varenyky swimming in onions, holubsi, kapusta and kovbasa and serenaded by the sounds of Ukrainian music, and the sight of beautiful pysanky and embroideries, and exotic liqueur-filled crystal sabers, bears and horses to be raffled.
The Ukrainian American Talent Show/ Fall Festival organized by the United Orthodox Sisterhoods was a huge success. The festival was opened by V. Rev. Taras Chubenko, and Natalia Honcharenko acted as mistress of ceremonies. Leo Kitsmarishvili of the Georgian State Orchestra of Tbilisi performed the American and Ukrainian anthems on the trumpet. The Barvinok Dance Ensemble, based in S. Bound Brook, and under the artistic direction of Hryts Momot, welcomed the festival audience with the traditional Pryvit, with bread and salt. The St. Andrew School of Ukrainian Heritage Studies in Somerset, NJ and the Ukrainian School from the parish of St. George in Yardville, NJ presented musical programs performed by very talented youngsters.