There are many people in Canada that celebrate Ukrainian Christmas which this year was on Monday, January 7. In Drumheller, it was no different. Last weekend, the Newcastle Community Association held a Ukrainian Christmas Buffet Dinner. It had all of the traditional Ukrainian foods like perogies, sausage, and of course, cabbage rolls.
This a tradition that was hosted in Newcastle at the hall for many years and the association is looking to revive the tradition. "The Newcastle Hall has a very long history. It was originally built in 1924 and it was named the Ukrainian Temple Hall so it's hosted literally hundreds and hundreds of Ukrainian dinners over the years," remarked Newcastle Community Association President, Tom Zariski.
The hall is an important part of the community as it provides a place for the community to come together. "The Newcastle Hall has a very long history and tradition of getting people in the community together," commented Zariski.
The dinner was well attended and sold out. According to Zariski, they probably could have sold more but with hall space being small, they did not want it to be too crowded. They plan on hosting the dinner again next year so if you are interested in attending contact Zariski or anyone on the hall board.