December 18, 2011 - TUCA Christmas Party

This year the Tidewater Ukrainian Cultural Association (TUCA) will be celebrating theUkrainian Christmas season on December 18 (Sunday) in the Williamsburg area. We attempt to alternate the location each year between the Southside and the Peninsula to best serve the geographic dispersion of our membership and last year it was held Southside.

Through the gracious hospitality of Father Alex Shuter, we are able to hold the party in the church hall that is part of Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Williamsburg (directions are at the end of this article). There is an attached kitchen that can be used for any heating of food.

The TUCA Board will be providing the normal party material (plates, silverware, etc). Additionally the Board has arranged for the purchase of varenykiv (potato filled) for the party. We will also provide soft drinks for the children attending the party. Other beverages should be brought with you if something different or specific is desired.

We request that people attending bring a prepared dish to share with the group. The preferred dish would be a Ukrainian style item that is appropriate to the season.

We will have a “For The Children Fund” collection box for voluntary donations, where all funds will go to support a children associated effort in Ukraine. We will have information available concerning past activities that TUCA has sponsored.

2006 Christmas Stamp: Svyatyi Mykolai as a person who brings the Christmas gifts for children, the feast of which is marked on 19 December. It is supposed, that children should find their Christmas gifts under their pillow on that morning.

The TUCA Board has authorized some small gifts for attending children. We would like to include a program pageant this year centered on children. We are allowing time in the schedule of events for any child who would like to perform. We encourage children to perform according to their interests (poem, songs, musical instruments, etc.).

Now for the specifics:

When: Sunday, December 18, 2011 scheduled from 4PM to 7PM Where: Ascension of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church 114 Palace Lane, Williamsburg, VA 23185

Directions (off of I-64) Take exit 238 on to VA-143 E toward Williamsburg/Colonial (and go 0.7 mi)

Turn right onto VA-132 S (go 1.2 mi) Take the 1st right onto US-60 W/Bypass Rd (go 0.8 mi) Turn right onto Palace Lane ... (go 0.1 mi.) ... Church will be on the left

Questions concerning the party can be directed to me

(Myron Bilyj, Phone: (757) 850-1873, Email:

Jacques Hnizdovsky Christmas Card