Gala, the Russian Wife of Salvador Dali

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On Saturday, September 25 Russian Heritage will present the engaging story of Gala, the Russian wife of Salvador Dali.

Gala was born in 1894 in Russia and lived there until she went to Switzerland in 1913. In 1917 she married the Surrealist poet Paul Eluard. She met Salvador Dali in 1929, and they married in 1934.

The Russian Heritage meeting will begin at 4pm in the Russian American Club at 2920 Beach Boulevard, Gulfport, FL 33707. The program will feature a video on the early life of Gala followed by a power point presentation by Pat Gorman, a featured docent at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. She will discuss Gala’s relationship as Dali’s muse and model.

A supper will be served following the program. Tickets for the program and the meal are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Please RSVP to (727)-867-6013 if you are planning to come.

In the spring we are planning to visit the new Dali museum, which is scheduled to open in January 2011. Learning about Gala now will make our visit to the new Dali museum with docent Pat Gorman even more interesting.

The meeting will also give you a chance to hear from some members who were in Russia this past summer.

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Catherine the Great at the Fine Arts Museum

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ON AUGUST 11 AT 10:00 AM IN THE FINE ARTS MUSEUM IN ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA, MEET CATHERINE THE GREAT. Nan Colton represents Empress Catherine the Great and her plans to develop a great art collection at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. Nan does a great job representing Catherine, and if you have not seen her, this would be an excellent opportunity. There is no charge other than the admission to the museum; in August, the admission is half price: adults $8 and seniors $7.

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Russian Heritage Picnic – Sunday, May 2

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The Russian Heritage picnic and annual meeting will be on Sunday, May 2 at Dr. Artzibushev’s home in Odessa, Florida (16559 Hutchinson Rd.). Plan to come about noon, with dinner served just after 1pm. Cost for the picnic is $20; for students $12. You can pay at the gate.

The musical program will feature Boris and his sax. The meal will include barbequed pork and chicken with tasty side dishes. Beverages will be available. Dress casually, and consider bringing a lawn chair for comfort in the shade of many trees. Games and activities for all ages are being planned. These include group singing and even some Russian folk dances for all who wish to participate. If there are those who would like to learn to plan the balalaika, instruction will also be offered.

A short annual meeting will take place to elect officers and board members for next year, and to consider plans for the future. The officers have one more year in their present terms. Elections will be held for all the members of the Board of Directors. If you are interested in being a candidate or nominating a candidate for playing an active role on the board, please respond by email and your ideas will be considered by the nominating committee. Other nominations can me made at the meeting.

Dr. Artzibushev has hosted our spring picnic several times in the past. We thank him in advance for his generosity.

Directions to the picnic: Go on the Veterans Expressway to Hutchinson Road (Exit 12). Merge on to Hutchinson Road and drive 1.5 miles west to Artzibushev’s home at 16559 Hutchison Road.

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Three Upcoming Events for Russophiles

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Rising Stars of Bolshoi Theater: April 20. SPIFFS International Ball: April 27. Russian Heritage Picnic: May 2.

Tuesday, April 20 at 7:30 pm in the Palladium Theater (253 Fifth Ave. N.) in St. Petersburg three young female vocalists from the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow will perform. This is your chance to hear the stars of tomorrow for only $15.

Saturday, April 24 Russian Heritage will participate in the SPIFFS’ (St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society) Annual International Ball in the Portuguese American Club in St. Petersburg. This gala features good food, a live band, a silent auction, and lots of fun. Tickets for adults are $35. Dress is ethnic or semi-formal. For more information or to make reservations, please call 727-867-9148 by April 20.

Sunday, May 2 there will be a Russian Heritage Picnic at the beautiful lakefront home of Dr. Artzibushev in Odessa, Florida (16559 Hutchinson Rd.). You are invited to come about noon with the meal served at 1:30 pm. Boris and Sax will be our emcee and he will perform. We will feature some folk singing and folk dancing for all, and special activities will be available for children. For adults, tickets are $20; for students, $12; for children under 10, free. You can pay at the door, but please let us know that you are coming by email or other means.

More details on these events and other matters will be distributed to our members and friends in the regular RH Newsletter in mid-April.

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Who Is Peter Demens?

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Most members and friends of Russian Heritage know he is the Russian founder of St. Petersburg, FL. Find out more at the Demens program on Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Professor Bill Parsons will speak at 7:30 pm about Demens at a special meeting sponsored by SPIFFS (The St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Soviety) and Russian Heritage at the Sunshine Center Ballroom at 330 Fifth Street North in downtown St. Petersburg.

He will present the latest scholarly information about Demens, including a report on a new Russian biography about Peter Demens by Inna Povedskaya called VESEGONSKY AMERIKANETS.

In addition to the lecture there will be several musical numbers performed by a Russian Folk Instruments Ensemble, including a balalaika, a domra, and a bass domra. Refreshments will also be available.

A donation of $5 is suggested for adults; $2 for students and youth.

We encourage members and friends of Russian Heritage to come to this special program, and invite your friends.

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Concert of Russian Folk Instruments: 3pm Sunday, January 17

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The amazing artistry of Tamara Volskaya on the domra and Anatoliy Trofimov on the bayan will be showcased on Sunday, January 17 in Pinellas Park.

You will hear familiar Russian tunes and exciting selections of music from around the world.

The concert begins at 3pm at the St. Giles Episcopal Church (8271-52nd Street North) in Pinellas Park. Tickets are $15.

Those attending the Old Russian New Year Gala on January 16 will get a sneak preview of these outstanding musicians. This is a concert you do not want to miss.

For more information, call 727-452-0686.

Reminder for those signed up for the Old Russian New Year Gala on January 16: Reception at 6pm. at the Bayfront Hilton in downtown St. Petersburg. Official Welcome and toast at 7pm. If you park in the Hotel Parking Lot, identify yourself as part of the Russian Heritage party for special rates.

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14th Annual Old Russian New Year Gala – January 16, 2010

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A Gala Ball with great food, dancing to the music of the Dazzlers, an outstanding silent auction, and extravagant decorations and party favors.

The celebration begins with a reception at 6pm, the welcome at 6:45pm and the dinner at 7pm. Entree choices: Chicken ala Anna Karenina or Beef ala Andrei Bolkonsky. Black tie optional.

This year’s celebration will be held at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront (333 First Street South) in downtown St. Petersburg on Saturday, January 16, 2010.

For more information, call 727-867-9148.

For pictures from an earlier gala, visit the picture gallery on this website.

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"Spirit of St. Petersburg" Duo coming to Florida

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Two outstanding performers of Russian folk music are coming to St. Petersburg, Florida from St. Petersburg, Russia. Svetlana Nikonova is an accomplished domra player (an instrument similar to the balalaika) and her husband Vladimir Zaharevich is an outstanding bayanist (a Russian version of the accordian). Together they form the dynamic duo, “The Spirit of St. Petersburg.”

They will be performing in concert at the St. Petersburg Nights Restaurant on St. Pete Beach (6800 Sunset Way) on Thursday evening, November 5 at 7:00 pm. Also on the program will be the Russian Dancers of the Academy of Ballet Arts. These dancers are well known in the area for their lively and artistic performances of Russian folk dances. Tickets for this concert are only $10, $5 for students.

Svetlana, a native of St. Petersburg, Russia, began her musical journey at age six when she began taking domra and piano lessons. She attended a prestigious music school in St. Petersburg, and then went on to the St. Petersburg Conservatory where she continued to excel as a player and soloist on the domra. She also studied conducting and arranging of music for orchestra. While at the Conservatory she met her future husband, bayanist Vladimir Zakharevich.

Soon after graduation she was invited to join the prestigious St. Petersburg Andreyev Balalaika Orchestra, one of the top orchestras for folk instruments in all of Russia. She spent the next seven years as a domrist and arranger for the orchestra.

Svetlana and Vladimir will also be performing at the SPIFFS Folk Fair on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You don’t want to miss these outstanding performers. For more information, call (727) 867-9148.

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Talent Extravaganza

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Come one, come all to Russian Heritage TALENT EXTRAVAGANZA on Sunday, October 18 at 3:00pm at the Club House of Envoy Point (7150 Sunset Way) on St. Pete Beach.

Share your talents and enjoy what others have to offer in the way of singing, dancing, playing an instrument, poetry reading, and many others.
Those who wish to perform should contact emcee Victor Peppard ASAP. Victor can be reached at victorpeppard@yahoo.com, or at 813-300-4785. Also contact those who you think could make an interesting contribution to our program.

After the sharing of talents we will have a selection of foods prepared by our members. Food preparation is also a talent, and we hope that you will bring a favorite recipe to share. A donation of $5.00 is suggested for those who do not wish to bring a food dish.

Please RSVP to Zhanna Sidorenko (mybabi6@yahoo.com) or 727-367-2092 to let us know if you are coming, and what you willl be bringing.

We hope to see you on October 18!

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