Sunday June 15th, 2014
St. Vladimir’s Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral and Cultural Centre has been in the core of Windsor since 1927 and at its present Tecumseh Road location.
It has been the host of many traditions such as Carrousel of the Nations, Fish Fry dinners every Easter, the “Barvinok” school of dance, and golf tournaments like their “Kapusta Open.” It has a newly renovated hall with large-screen video projector, historical archives, a library, classrooms, conference rooms, and gymnasium.
David Fenkanyn has been frequenting St. Vladimir’s for as long as he can remember. “As a Ukrainian kid growing up in Windsor, if you mentioned ‘the hall’ you knew where you were going,” states Fenkanyn. “Whether it was Ukrainian school, folk dancing lessons, youth group, or choir… it was all at ‘the hall’.”
Apart from their Church services conducted by Reverend Father Roman Trynoha, St. Vladimir’s fully supports the Ukrainian Orthodox Community with financial support from pyrohy – or “perogy” – and cabbage roll sales every Wednesday throughout the year. The sales open at 8am, and keep going until everything sells out.
In the Ukrainian community, members tend to stick to their roots, including Fenkanyn’s family. “On Wednesdays, mom was going to make the pyrohy. After hours, if dad grabbed his tool box, I knew he was going to help out at the hall,” said Fenkanyn.
The cultural centre is completely open to manage catered weddings, banquets, luncheons and dinners, monthly bingos, or any other event wish to be held. For more information on booking, please contact Mark at (519) 254-8067.
“It’s our touchstone, our community, our meeting place,” says Fenkanyn about his lifetime experience. “The next time anyone sees a sign hung-up out front advertising some event, they need stop in. Meet some friends, grab a plate of food and a drink; it’s like one of Baba’s big hugs, but better.”
To learn more about the culture and the history behind St. Vladimir’s, you can visit their museum displays and more at 2000 Tecumseh Road East, across from Windsor Regional Hospital.