“Maslenitsa” winter festival in the Russian Garden

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CCGF’s Svetlana Stolyarova helped to organize the event, first winter time celebration in the gardens.

On a snowy February Sunday, 2/21, the Russian community organized “Maslenitsa”, an outdoor winter festival featuring pancakes to eat, variety of hot teas to drink and winter games to have fun; tug-of-war, sack races, sledding and one-legged (you hold one leg up) wrestling contest. Over 200 people in attendance listened to Russian contemporary music. Several vendors were on hand, and above all the temperature came up to 28F and the sun was shining – that alone was a treat after week of zero degree temperatures!

The Russian community is working on their future garden but is also very active in organizing events such as this and the piano concert in the summer. The Federation appreciates their efforts!!! It is nice to see new group be active and promote the park as well as their own fundraising efforts: congratulations Svetlna Stolyarova and Dr. Boris Vinogradsky for a great event!