By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
Ukrainian Cultural Centre, 40 McCabe St., Welland, has been a sold, says a source in the Ukrainian community who did not want to be named.
The tipster says the hall and land were purchased by “a big, out of town developer”. He could not comment on future plans for the property.
The hall was popular for weddings, dances, cultural celebrations and other events. For years, the hall was home to Ukrainian youth dance ensembles which performed to critical acclaim locally and afar.
A fond memory is it being the venue of many fund-raising dances by the popular Welland group, Saturday Night Band. The cavernous hall was chosen because of the crowd size it could accommodate. Back in the days when union locals had large memberships, it was the site of many meetings and contract votes.
Its was also famous locally for perogies and cabbage rolls made by its ladies auxiliary. The hard-working women were generous benefactors to local charities especially Welland hospital, whose foundation received thousands and thousands of dollars from their sales.
Other ethnic halls that have closed over the past dozen or so years include Slovak Hall on Hagar St., Polish Branch 558 Royal Canadian Legion on Ontario Road (later Polish Community Centre which also closed) Club Rheingold and a Croatian cultural hall on Forkes Road.