As in years past, the New York City Chapter of the Ukrainian Engineers' Society of America, together with the Ukrainian Medical Association of North America and the Ukrainian Institute of America, held the annual New York City "Yalynka." The event took place on Saturday December 14th in the elegant home of the Ukrainian Institute of America in New York City.
The evening began with warm greetings provided by UESA New York City Board member Ivan Durbak. It was followed by a musical program provided by vocal group Promin. The Promin Vocal Ensemble was founded in 1972 by conductor, vocalist, musician and arranger Bohdanna Wolansky and has performed at such prominent venues as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, the United Nations in New York, and Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The ensemble has a passion for good music and Ukrainian song.
After about an hour long performance of traditional Ukrainian Christmas Carols, the first act was concluded. This was followed words from Ms.Natalie Trojan, the current treasurer of the Ukrainian Institute of America, who thanked everyone for coming and highlighted the many years of mutual support between the sponsoring organizations.
The first portion of the night concluded with greetings from the president of the New York City Chapter of the Ukrainian Engineers Society of America, Marco Shmerykowsky. Mr. Shmerykowsky thanked both the evening’s guests and sponsoring organizations. He also took the opportunity to note events such as the New York Yalynka are dependent on the volunteer efforts of our community members. The continued viability of such events is dependent on people joining the sponsoring organizations and contributing their time. Happily, several people inquired about membership throughout the evening. After the closing remarks were concluded, the evening’s guests were invited to enjoy the hors d'ouevres and refreshments.
The food was once again catered by Mrs. Lisa Krawec of the Yonkers Miasarnia. The Krawec has been preparing theirs excellent and varied menu for various New York City UESA Chapter events for many years. As always, their feast was greatly enjoyed by all in attendance.
After a short intermission period, the members of Promin returned to provided additional entertainment.
As the night continued, the Ukrainian Institute's hall continued to fill up as professionals, young and old, arrived together with their family and friends. New friendships and connections were made and old ones were reinvigorated.
As always, the die-hard Yalynka attendees had such a good time that it was nearly impossible to convince them that this year's event had to come to an end. On the bright side, however, the next UESA event is never too far away.