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Ukrainian Club delivers promise of cabbage rolls

Once upon a time, the only place to get a good cabbage roll was at a peasant’s home in an Eastern European village. Around since the 1930’s, the Ukrainian-American Civic Center, one of the oldest operating ethnic clubs in the area, has served the social welfare needs of immigrant families.
My family was one of them.
Many dances, weddings and holiday events have been held in the hall. I have a glorious picture of my grandmother decked out in an eerie Santa-like formal gown.
Up until very recently, Ukrainian children and youth have been paraded onto the stage to recite traditional poems and dances at various holidays (whether they wanted to or not). I speak from embarrassing personal experience. I remember one particular case that involved a bout of nerve inspired tunnel vision.
If you find it strange that I would be involved in the promotion of a place that held so much dread for me as a child – you’re not the only one. The thing is, this place is fun. It’s chill and comfortable like a 70’s basement bar. Membership is $10 a year and the club is open every Thursday and Friday night (kitchen open Fridays only). No DNA tests for Ukrainian-ness required.
Join me this Friday evening as I purge my demons through dance courtesy of DJ Mr. Bad Brakes. Further catharsis available via hot steaming cabbage rolls and pierogies made by Pani Hanypsiak and her kitchen helpers. The kitchen opens at 6pm and closes around 10 pm, with music and bar festivities going on well past midnight.
photo: Mr. and Mrs. Sywenkyj cutting a rug at the Ukrainian-American Civic Center
Cabbage Roll Night with music by DJ Bad Brakes at Ukrainian-American Civic Center
{Friday Oct 10}
Time: Kitchen open 6-10pm | bar open later
Address: 205 Military Road, Buffalo 14207
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