SPIFFS 42nd Folk Fair: October 27 – October 30, 2016

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Russian Heritage will participate in the annual SPIFFS Folk Fair at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg with a “Russian village” presenting Russian culture, foods, and entertainment.  On Thursday and Friday students from local schools will attend the event and on Saturday and Sunday the park will be open to the general public.

The cultural displays will include information about famous Russians and Russian cultural traditions, including art work and souvenirs for sale by Vladimir’s Collection.  A Russian dessert will be available for purchase.  Russian Entertainment will be provided by Andrei Cheine and the Russian Chorus at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and by Suzanne  Pomerantzev’s St. Petersburg Folk Ensemble on Sunday, at 2:40 p.m.   The Parade of Nations will take place on Saturday, October 29 at 2:00 p.m.  We invite you to support our Russian entertainers and if possible march with the Russians in the parade on Saturday.

For more information go to the SPIFFS website at www.spiffs.org or call Mary or Gene Stenov at 727-867-6013.


Saturday, November 5.  Book Discussion of Yevgeny Onegin by Alexander Pushkin at Envoy Point Clubhouse (7150 Sunset Way in St. Pete Beach at 3:30 p.m.

Friday, November 18. Elona Krasavtseva in concert

     Souvenier: Folk Music From Russia and Beyond
     Friday, November 18 at 7 PM in EST
     The Studio@620 in Saint Petersburg, Florida
Saturday, January 21, 2017. RUSSIAN WINTER BALL at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
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Come celebrate the opening of the new “Peter  Demens and the Two St. Petersburgs Archive” AND the 25th Anniversary of Leningrad returning to its historic name of St. Petersburg in September 1991.When: Saturday, September 17 at 2:00 pmWhere: The Poynter Library of the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. 140 7th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

See exhibits from the “Peter Demens and the Two St. Petersburgs Archive” and meet people who have played an important role in the relationships between the two cities, and be a part of the discussion for the future relations between the the St. Petersburgs.  Where were you in 1991 when the Russian city became St. Petersburg once again, and what was your attitude towards the changes in Russia at that time?  Be a part of the discussion.

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Annual meeting and Elections: Sunday, April 24, 2016.

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Annual meeting and Elections:   Sunday, April 24, 2016.

The annual meeting for Russian Heritage is scheduled for Sunday, April 24 at 4:00 pm in the Triton Room at Eckerd College.  The program will include a short business meeting with elections for the Board of Directors (the four officers are completing the first year of their 2-year terms).  The program for the meeting will include a power-point presentation of some visual highlights of our first 20 years, including video clips of our first Old Russian New Year Gala.  A musical program will also be presented by one of our newer members of RH, Elona Krasavsteva.  The cost for the delicious chicken buffet dinner is $20 for adults and $12 for students.  Directions to the Triton Room can be picked up at the    entrance gate to Eckerd College (4200 54th Ave. South in St. Petersburg).

The nominating committee has received the names of candidates who have expressed interest in running for a position on the board.  If you would like to nominate someone for the board, or if you are interested in becoming a candidate, please send this information to the nominating committee at             russianheritageflorida@gmail.com.  Please indicate how you think this person will contribute to Russian Heritage in the future.  And remember, in order to vote at the annual meeting or serve on the Board, it is necessary to be a member of Russian Heritage for 2016.

Please RSVP to: russianheritageflorida@gmail if you are planning to come to the annual meeting.  Payments may be sent to: RH, PO Box 14552, St. Petersburg, FL 33733, or you may pay at the door, but please do RSVP now.









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World Class Domra Soloist to Perform in St. Petersburg on Wednesday, March 23

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pairALEXANDER TSYGANKOV and INNA SHEVCHENKO have performed together for many years. Their touring schedule has taken them to most of Europe, the United States and parts of Asia.  Mr. Tsygankov has been called the “Russian Paganini” and holds the coveted title of Distinguished Artist of Russia. He has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, New York’s Lincoln Center and has thrilled audiences in Washington D.C.’s famed Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Russian Heritage presents Alexander Tsygankov and Inna Shevchenko at Studio@620 on Wednesday evening at 7:00 pm.  This is an evening of Russian Heritage that will include incredible Russian music, and a taste of poetry and Russian food.  Alexander Tsygankov will perform a variety of pieces of classical music and Russian folk music.  Florida poet laureate Peter Meinke will also participate in this program.

Tickets for this program are $20 for adults and $10 for students.  Members of Russian Heritage will have a discounted rate of $15.  As a special incentive for persons to learn more about Russian Culture and the programs of Russian Heritage, anyone attending the concert will be given a free membership to Russian Heritage for 2016.  For those who attended the Old Russian New Year Gala, this will also be an opportunity to view the photographs from the party and to obtain pictures as souvenirs of the event.

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Russian Heritage at SPIFFS 2015

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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.


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Understanding the Russians: Pushkin or Putin?

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Understanding the Russians: Pushkin or Putin?  

A Lecture by Bill Parsons, Professor Emeritus of History and Russian Studies, Eckerd College

7:00 p.m. – Miller Auditorium
Eckerd College
4200 54th Avenue South,
St. Petersburg, Florida


Professor Parsons taught at Eckerd College from 1966—2006 in History and Russian Studies.

He will present reflections on his 50 years in the field of Russian Studies.

Learn the “top ten” list of the most important things to know about Pushkin.

Pushkin was among the top ten most important and influential Russians according to a recent internet poll   of Russians.  Find out if he ranked higher or lower than Putin.

 Find out why Pushkin (and Putin) have been important in the life of Professor Parsons.

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September 20 Meeting

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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: parsonwh@eckerd.edu


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Behold the new Russian Heritage Website!

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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….

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New officers elected for Russian Heritage at annual meeting

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Nadia Yevstigneyeva

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.

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