KERHONKSON, N.Y. – Halloween at the Soyuzivka Heritage Center turned out to be yet another fun-filled weekend that attracted a great many younger guests.
The weekend started off on Friday evening, October 28, with the ever popular and entertaining EMCK playing in the Trembita Lounge.
On Saturday morning, after getting a good start at breakfast, some guests returned to their rooms to plan out their costumes for later that day, others hiked the trails at Soyuzivka or visited local farms and wineries, and still others took to the Tiki Deck to relax and watch a game or two on what was a beautiful fall day.
In the evening, Soyuzivka offered its buffet dinner. There were also hayrides that offered spooky stories of ghostly apparitions told by Andrew Oprysko (a long-time Soyuzivka employee). At the middle stopping point of the ride, hot apple cider and hot chocolate were offered to warm up the riders.
Then it was time for the “zabava” (dance) to the tunes of Svitanok. But it was also a slightly sad occasion, as it was the last time that Vlodya Krul would play with the band, as he is retiring. Mr. Krul played at Soyuzivka as part of the house band as a very young man – and it is with a sad heart that Soyuzivka bid him farewell.
During the dance, the masqueraders’ costumes were evaluated by the guest judges, who later announced the following winners:
• Most Creative – George Kobryn as a cobra (in recognition of Mr. Kobryn’s award-winning creativity from year to year, Soyuzivka has decided to present a Kobryn Award);
• Most Original – Roman Krywulych as a man in a shower;
• Best Male – Alex Mosko as the Queen of Hearts;
• Best Female – Olia Ivanova as Poison Ivy;
• Best Couple – Orest and Zirka Hanas as a Chinese couple; and
• Best Group – Dianna Shmerykowsky, Natalie Howe, Anna Lawrence, Aaron Solomon and Kira Myskiw as X-Men.
Soyuzivka’s management thanked all who came and supported the center at this annual event.
On Sunday morning, after sleeping in a bit, guests enjoyed breakfast in the dining room, after which some guests departed for home while others enjoyed some more time at Soyuzivka.