Thursday, 20 October 2011

Of Smashes, a Conference, and New Stuff in the Boutique!

SMACHNONO a Smashing Success!

Weren’t there?...We missed you!

If you had come, you would have been circulating in the trendy dining room at DeLuca’s with 117 other Oseredok supporters, sipping cocktails, eating a delicious Italian three-course meal with fabulous wine,  spending a buck or two on a chance to win super prizes (a night stay at the Fort Garry Hotel with Sunday Brunch, Gift certificates to Hy’s Steakhouse or The Keg, tickets to see the Royal Winnipeg Ballet or the 2012 Winnipeg Comedy Festival, or an autographed Milt Stegall print !) and listening to the vocal stylings of the Lyra Trio!

We thank everyone who came and enjoyed a great time, and hope that you will come to the next Oseredok fundraiser!

A special thank you to:
Wine sponsor – Belgian-Alliance Credit Union
Raffle sponsors – Fort Garry Hotel, Hy’s Steakhouse, The Keg, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Gas Station Theatre 2012 Winnipeg Comedy Festival, and The Winnipeg Blue Bombers.
Lyra Trio - Sofia Bilozor, Katrusia Basarab, and Larissa Klymkiw

(We would have posted some photos, but your blogmeister forgot the camera!)

Ukrainian Canadians and the Second World War
A Conference to be held November 11 and 12, 2011
Oseredok Ukrainian Cultural and Educational Centre
184 Alexander Ave. East, Winnipeg

The Second World War marked a turning point in the history of Ukrainians in Canada. The conflict simultaneously heightened tensions within the Ukrainian community while uniting fractious and formerly hostile organizations in common cause with Canada’s war effort. The war further helped to change mainstream perceptions of Ukrainians as an undesirable and unassimilable “foreign” element in Canadian society, and made sudden and unlikely allies of the Western democracies and the Soviet Union as the European conflict widened with the Nazi invasion of the USSR.

Eleven presenters from across Canada will take a look at various aspects of Ukrainian Canadian life between 1938 and 1946. The themes of the conference will be explored in six sessions – Resources for Studying the War, the War before the War, Stories from the Front, The Impact of the European War on Canadian Ukrainians, Developments on the Home Front, and A Manitoba War Story.

To access the conference programme go to

In addition on Friday night there will be a film screening of The North Star, a Hollywood rendition of the War in Ukraine. Directed by Lewis Milestone and written by Lillian Hellman, with music by Aaron Copland, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, it stars Anne Baxter, Dana Andrews, Walter Huston, Walter Brennan and Erich von Stroheim. Discussion will follow.

Registration is $40 for the full two day conference; or $25 per day. No fee for students, but advance registration is required. Deadline for registration is Monday, November 7th. To register call 942-0218 or register in person at 184 Alexander Ave. East. You can also email us at

New in the Boutique

Oseredok Boutique is in high gear preparing for Christmas Fair, which will take place Friday December 9 from 10am to 9pm and Saturday December 10 from 10am to 4pm. Shipments are arriving from across the continent, and across the sea! Keep watching for postings on new products for Christmas Fair!

Meanwhile, here are just a few new things in the Boutique…

An emotionally resonant tale of family, survival, love and betrayal told with cinematic aplomb.
In the spring of 1938, Teodor Mykolayenko returns to his family after a year spent in prison for the crime of trying to feed them. His wife and children have been living under the care of his sister Anna on the harsh and unforgiving prairie landscape. Channelling the great inner power that enabled him to survive drought, starvation, warfare, and Stalin’s crimes in Ukraine, he takes to the land with unbending resolve, and as the crops grow, his family heals and strengthens.  But the family’s hopes and newfound happiness are short-lived when Anna’s rogue husband returns with an unforgiveable plan that threatens to take away everything they have built.  A novel about family, pride, the resiliency and fragility of the human spirit and the fine line between those who break and those who don’t, Under This Unbroken Sky is a magnificent piece of storytelling from a remarkable new voice in contemporary literature. 

FIELDWORK IN UKRAINIAN SEX by Oksana Zabuzhko, Translated by Halyna Hryn
Called “the most influential Ukrainian book for the 15 years of independence, “Field Work in Ukrainian Sex” by Oksana Zabuzhko is the tale of one woman’s personal revolt provoked by a top literary scandal of the decade. The author, a noted Ukrainian poet and novelist, explains: “When you turn 30, you inevitably start reconsidering what you have been taught in your formative years—that is, if you really seek for your own voice as a writer. In my case, my personal identity crisis had coincided with the one experienced by my country after the advent of independence. The result turned explosive: ‘Field Work in Ukrainian Sex.’”

Ahhh...tea for a cool autumn evening!
A new selection of delicious herbal teas from Ukraine!

An Ensemble of Color
Limited Edition Print
Don't be disappointed - get yours today!

Oseredok is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 4pm.
184 Alexander Ave. East, Winnipeg
(204) 942-0218