Russian Heritage participated in the 41st annual SPIFFS Folk Fair October 29 – November 1 in Vinoy Park, greeting thousands of students and adults and sharing Russian culture with those who came. Russian entertainment was provided by the Russian chorus led by Galina Popova and the Russian dancers (St. Petersburg Folk Ensemble) led by Suzanne Pomerantzeff.
Our first meeting in September (Sunday, September 20 at 5:00 p.m.) will offer an opportunity for members and friends of Russian Heritage to learn more about Russian interests and activities in the Tampa Bay Area. First on our program will be presentations by students and faculty at USF describing their programs, including a report on USF students who studied in Moscow this summer. The second part of the program will be short reports from groups who have close connections to Russian culture.
We will learn more about Russian schools in the area, the Russian American Club, the Russian Speaking Women of Russia, Russian delis and cafes, and other enterprises. Those attending this meeting will receive a short brochure about these organizations and a brief history of the first 20 years of Russian Heritage, free of charge.
The meeting will be held at the Triton Room at Eckerd College. This is in the other half of the building where we had our spring meeting at Eckerd College. Come to the main entrance to Eckerd College at 4200 54th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, and you will receive a map to the Triton Room. Come at 5:00 pm, with a pizza supper at 5:30, followed by our program at 6:00 pm. The cost of the supper and program is $7 for adults and $4 for students and children. Go to the Russian Heritage Facebook page, and indicate that you are planning to come, OR
RSVP. Call (727) 867-9148, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our web site crashed in December 2014 and we have now updated our web presence to make it more accessible to ipads and mobile phones. It will take some time to recover our old material, but we hope that this can be done in a format that will be easier for members and friends of Russian Heritage to know what we have done in the past and what we are planning for the future. Check out the blog page, the organization page, and the history page to get a sense of who we are….
Nadia Yevstigneyeva was elected president of Russian Heritage for 2015 – 2017 at the annual meeting held on May 2 at Eckerd College. Also elected for two-year terms were Vladimir Malkin, vice president: Bill Parsons, secretary; and Vera Cimino, treasurer.
The new board of directors met on Sunday, May 24 to begin planning for the new year. If you have thoughts about plans for our organization, please contact one of the officers, and watch for exciting activities coming up in the fall.
adminNew officers elected for Russian Heritage at annual meeting
For the first meeting of the season, Russian Heritage presents a concert of Russian music by “Bard” singer Valentin Vikhorev from St. Petersburg, Russia. The concert will begin at 7pm on September 3 at the Russian American Club (2920 Beach Boulevard) in Gulfport.
Valentin is well known in St. Petersburg as a composer, performer, and organizer of musical festivals. He will sing in Russian the best songs of the past fifty years in the Bard tradition.
After the concert and during the intermission there will be tea, coffee, and desserts, and a chance to meet Valentin and his wife who will also perform some of the songs with him.
Valentin is on tour that began in California and he comes to St. Petersburg after a concert in Sarasota. Let’s give him a real two St. Petersburgs welcome!
Sunday, April 10 at 3pm. Demonstration of Russian Easter Eggs and Learning How to Make Them
Program by Mary Stenov at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (738 Pinellas Point Drive South) in St. Petersburg. Come to learn more about this important Russian Easter tradition.
Friday, April 15. SPIFFS International Ball at the German American Club (8098 66th St. North) in Pinellas Park. Come to honor our Russian Heritage Persons of the Year, Zhanna and Konstantin Sidorenko. Program includes a delicious buffet dinner of roast pork and chicken marinara, live music for dancing, raffles and auctions, in addition to the awards ceremony. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for youth (21 and under). Doors open at 6:30pm. To make reservations, please call 727-867-9148 by April 11.
Saturday, April 30. Russian Heritage Picnic and Annual Meeting at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church (738 Pinellas Point Drive South). Plan to come around noon, with special foods served beginning at 1pm. Entertainment, games, and other activities planned for the afternoon. Adults $15, students $10. More details to follow shortly.
adminAPRIL RH EVENTS: Easter Eggs, International Ball, Picnic
Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva will be the subject of a poetry discussion sponsored by Russian Heritage on Friday, October 29 at 4pm at the Russian American Club (2920 Beach Blvd.) in Gulfport. Free admission. Refreshments will be served. The presentation and discussion will be in English, led by Professors Bill Parsons of Eckerd College and Victor Peppard of USF. We will hear examples of poetry and singing in both English and Russian.
Most people interested in Russian literature and the culture of the twentieth century are familiar with the names Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva, even if they have not read many of their literary works. They are considered two of the most talented writers of the century and they both experienced much suffering as artists and individuals in this tumultuous century.
Uli Zislin is a bard who loves to compose songs on the lyrics of Russian poets (including his own original poems). He now lives in Washington, D.C. where he has created a Museum of Russian Poetry and a “walk of fame” for nineteenth and twentieth century Russian poets and composers. We will examine his recent book comparing the lives and works of Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva.
Those interested in taking an active part in this program may call 727-867-9148. All are welcome to come to learn more about these remarkable women.
adminAnna Akmatova, Marina Tsvetaeva, and Uli Zislin