The Ukrainian Cultural Institute will be filled with the sounds of music during this year’s Ukrainian Hall of Fame Induction. Members of the UCI will gather together to celebrate their two newest inductees, and will take a moment to bask in their musical talents.
Nearly ever inch of space on the walls inside the Ukrainian Cultural Institute are covered with photographs of previously inducted Hall of Fame members. This year, two new portrait will join the collection. Marlys (Makaruk) Ciscar and Ernie Klym are this year's inductees and have both been accomplished musicians using their talents to promote their heritage across the world.
Prior to the induction, the UCI will have a social at 5 p.m., with a supper and induction starting at 6 p.m. The cost of a meal is $15, but guests will have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets valued at $10 a ticket, or $100 for a book. The prizes on offer are a wide range including such things as a Ukrainian Casserole dish and a Medora Package.
Marlys (Makaruk) Ciscar
Ciscar always had music in her life, with some of her early influences being family members and friends. Her formal training began at the age of eight with the piano lessons, and like most children she didn't really like to practice. Through encouragement and a little bit of parental deception from her mother, Maurie Makaruk, she gained the multiple musical talents that would take her across the world into Europe, and beyond into mastery.
Marlys has sang in choirs, sang and played for weddings, attended two ND Peace Garden music camps, helped with summer camps teaching music and learned more about her Ukrainian heritage through music.
In college she received a composite music degree and sang several Ukrainian songs on her senior recital and college’s European tour.
Marlys has taught 42 years in Nev. and Wyo., she brought her school grade choir students from Nev. to sing in N.D. She sang in multiple Ukrainian festivals, and is part of a quartet “Don't Quit Your Day Job,” which has come to Dickinson to perform.
Marlys has taught several workshops focusing on pysanky, cross-stitch, and ceramics exposing her Ukrainian heritage to others. Has brought her two daughter, Jeanette and Mary to N.D., to participate in the Ukrainian summer workshop camps to learn about the song and dances of their heritage.
Klym was born in 1939 and began to play the accordion at the age of 14, with the guidance of the Belfield High School music teacher Percy Bronson. It did not take long for him to get his first gig, playing for Fryburg town hall at the age of seventeen.
He played for multiple bands throughout his career, which extended his knowledge of Ukrainian music. It first started with Bill Cekoney’s four piece band and grew from there. Since even then, he would lend his talent for UCI events whenever available.
While teaching in Wilton, The cantor at the Sts. Peter and Paul Ukrainian Catholic church taught Klym fundamentals of being a cantor. Sadly the cantor in Belfield had passed away but were then blessed by Klym who took up the position and in return found a peace and grace to serve God with his talent.
Presently, Klym is passing his knowledge down and teaching a young man to be a cantor at St. John;s Ukrainian Catholic Church and has encouraged the younger generation to become involved in Ukrainian traditions and church events. He is known as a devoted member of the Ukrainian community, has offered support for the elderly hardship with transportation and other services and has even visited Ukraine, the motherland.
“It is an honor to be inducted into the Ukrainian Hall of fame,” Kate Kessel, UCI staff member said. “What it means is that these people have preserved, passed on, and taught their heritage... They are inducted because they have done something special for their heritage.”
The introduction of the Ukrainian Hall of Fame was in 1985 on May 5, and was originally known as The Golden Jubilee. The first inductees were Rev. Michael Bobersky, Dr. Bohdan Hordinsky and Dr. Jaroslaw Terlecki.
Since then more than 50 other members have been inducted and the tradition continues,holding respect with the community as the honorees has shown others and to their heritage.