Welcome to Parma! The Home of the 66th Annual UOL Convention
Melanie Nakonachny, Convention Chairwoman
Now is the time to get excited! The Senior and Junior U.O.L. Chapters of St. Vladimir’s Parish in Parma, Ohio would like to officially invite you to the 66th Annual UOL Convention! The convention, being held July 24-28, 2013 at the fabulous Embassy Suites in Independence, OH is located just 4 miles from the parish center and Parma’s famed Ukrainian Village. Your visit to Parma will be full of many exciting events!
Business sessions will begin Wednesday evening followed by a hospitality night to welcome you to the convention! Thursday morning will begin with Divine Liturgy at St. Vladimir’s Cathedral followed by brunch at the Embassy Suites hotel. Business sessions in the afternoon will be followed by a trip into Cleveland. Guests will tour the brand new Cleveland Aquarium and enjoy dinner and dancing at the beautiful Windows on the River.
Friday: An Evening in Kiev
The 66th Annual UOL Convention is going to be an event that you definitely don’t want to miss. From our hospitality events, Divine Services, business sessions and trip to the brand new Cleveland Aquarium, guests will be wined and dined.
Friday, July 26, 2013 will be another busy day for participants of the 66th UOL Convention. Guests will spend their day at both the Embassy Suites hotel as well as visiting the city of Kiev in the evening. The morning will begin with prayers held at the hotel chapel. Following prayers a complementary made-to-order breakfast will be available free of charge for all hotel guests. Pancakes, omelets, fruit and so many more items will be waiting for you to enjoy.
Following breakfast guests will gather to continue UOL business sessions. This is the time for your chapter to be represented and your voice to be heard. Delegates will work in committees and as a whole group to plan for the 2013-2014 year.
That evening, following business sessions, convention guests will be transported across the globe to Kiev. Friday evening’s event, titled An Evening in Kiev, will be held at St. Vladimir’s Grand Hall. Guests will enjoy a traditional Ukrainian meal surrounded by the sights and sounds of life in a Ukrainian city. During dinner guests will view performances by Ukrainian singers and dancers. A sing-a-long is even planned for the evening as well. The night will end with dancing under the evening stars to the music of Harmonia.
Friday, July 26, 2013 will be an eventful day at the 66th Annual UOL Convention. Don’t miss out on all the fun! Plan now to visit St. Vladimir’s Parish in Parma, OH July 24-28, 2013.
Saturday: Explore the Greater Cleveland Area
As you’ve read in the UOL Bulletin over the past few months, the 66th Annual UOL Convention, hosted by St. Vladimir’s Chapter in Parma, OH, is definitely going to be an exciting event that you won’t want to miss out on. You’ll be greeted warmly at hospitality night, celebrate an opening Divine Liturgy at St. Vladimir’s Cathedral, tour the Cleveland Aquarium, enjoy a dinner dance at the beautiful Windows on the River and participate in business sessions that will chart the course of the U.O.L. for the coming year. After all of those busy activities, you’ll definitely need some time to relax and enjoy the many attractions offered in the Greater Cleveland area. With business sessions complete, Saturday, July 27, 2013 will be a day to unwind while sightseeing or relaxing.
The Rockside Road area of Independence, where this year’s convention hotel is located, has many local restaurants and attractions. Melt, a well known restaurant, is just a short walk from the hotel and has been featured on the television show Diners, Drive-ins & Dives. The restaurant serves countless cheesy sandwiches from the Parmageddon to the Municipal Stadium Magic. It’s all delicious! Also in the immediate vicinity of the hotel is the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Guests can enjoy a stroll or jog along the Cuyahoga River or take a trip on the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.
Downtown Cleveland, a short 10 minute drive, provides lots of exciting things to see and do. You may want to visit the Great Lakes Science Center with its OMNIMAX Theater, or the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Both of these attractions are located near Voinovich Park on Lake Erie. University Circle is another great spot to visit in Cleveland. The Botanical Gardens, Art Museum and Museum of Natural History are all located in this area.
One of the highlights of your trip to Parma could be a visit to Ukrainian Village. Located on State Road, this stretch of Parma is where St. Vladimir’s Cathedral is located. Visitors will enjoy visiting the local Ukrainian shops and restaurants and viewing the Ukrainian artwork that is on display in this area. You should definitely make a trip to Parma’s Ukrainian Village during your free time on Saturday.
If you’re not much of a tourist, you may just want to relax at the hotel. The Embassy Suites Hotel has a beautiful lobby with a pool table where you can relax and catch up with old and new friends. The hotel pool and fitness center will also be open for you to utilize during this day.
No matter what you choose to do during your free time during the 66th Annual U.O.L. Convention in Parma, OH it will be a memorable time. It’s not too early to start making plans to attend! We can’t wait to see you in Parma July 24-28, 2013.
Saturday Evening and Sunday: The Culmination
This year, as you have worked busily in your chapters, you have had the opportunity to read in the UOL Bulletin about all of the exciting events that will occur during the 66 th Annual Ukrainian Orthodox League Convention from July 24-28, 2013 at St. Vladimir’s Cathedral in Parma, Ohio. During these articles, you have learned about the Liturgical services, hospitality event, trip to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium, dinner and dance at Windows on the River, the Night in Kiev dinner and dance as well as all of the local sights you can enjoy during your trip to the Cleveland area. The culmination of the convention will occur Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th.
On the evening of Saturday, July 27th Clergy, delegates and guests will gather at the Embassy Suites in Independence, OH for the Convention Banquet and Ball. Participants will enjoy a delicious meal while celebrating the accomplishments of our UOL chapters and members throughout the course of the year. Following the banquet, guests will dance the night away to music provided by the band Harmonia.
The 66th Annual UOL Convention will conclude on Sunday, January 28th. A Hierarchal Divine Liturgy will be held at St. Vladimir’s Cathedral, beginning with a procession to the parish rectory. Following Divine Liturgy guests will enjoy a brunch at the parish center and will have the opportunity to say their farewells to friends, new and old.
The 66th Annual UOL Convention in Parma, OH is a great opportunity to renew your love for League. We can’t wait to see you in Parma!