2012 Annual Wine & Cheese
December 7, 2012
This year the Lac du Bonnet and District Historical Society combined the annual wine & cheese event with a historical tribute to the Ukrainian settlements in the area. The title of the fundraiser was Brightstone our Ukrainian Heritage and welcomed a full house of curious onlookers. Guests were treated to a wonderful array of foods including the ever popular local smoked fish and Mrs. Betty Kondratiuk’s Pyrizhky. Various wines were served along with a Ukrainian beer that sold out quickly.
Rosemary and Charlene Todaschuk sang wonderful Ukrainian songs to the audience dressed in traditional Ukrainian costumes. Tracy Rossier talked about the important folklore of the pysanka egg traditions and had a display of her fine work. Mohutniy Dance Ensemble from Anola performed several Ukrainian dances which was well received to the delight of the audience.
Former Brightstone schoolteacher (1949) Wally Stoyko came from Winnipeg to attend the event and spoke briefly on his family’s immigration to Canada. He was so pleased to meet his former grade 4 student Ernie Okrainec at the event. Diane Picknicki talked about Ukrainian customs and traditions of which many are still practiced today.
83 pounds of food was collected at the door and donated to local the food bank.
Silent auction, rainbow auction, and 50 / 50 draw were held to raise funds for the Lac du Bonnet and District Historical Society.
We would like to thank local businesses, members, and everyone who generously donated prizes and their time to make this event a success.