With the influx of Ukrainian immigrants, their vibrant culture soon became woven into the daily fabric of this area. A dramatic Ukrainian society was formed in the early 1900’s as well as dance groups.
The top picture is of Ukrainian concert put on in the 1920’s. Pearl Lytwyn was the director and Peter Ogryzlo was the promoter.
In the second picture the two lovely young ladies in costume are Pearl Lytwyn and Jenny Ogryzlo. (Taken in 1927) A Ukrainian dance club was active in Winnipegosis for many years but lacking instructors became dormant for a few years.
In 1975 Eleanor Lytwyn and her daughter Marusia Sedor were instrumental in spearheading the formation of a Ukrainian Dance “Sopilka” club for the children of this area. The practices and recitals were held in the schools. The bottom picture is a 2007 dance group.
Ukrainian dance groups, invited from other communities, such as Rorketon, Fork River and Ethelbert would come to Winnipegosis recitals to give “guest” performances. The “Sopilka” dancers would return the favour by going to these other communities to dance. The children were also taught to sing the Ukrainian National anthem.
The Sopilka Dance club continues to be active to this date. We are looking forward to being able to attend their spring recital!