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            On Friday, February 8, 2019, poet and translator Lydia Razran Stone will present her translations of Ivan Krylov’s “Fables” at the Main Library in St. Petersburg, Florida  (3745 9thAvenue N.)at 4:00 pm. This program is free and open to the public.  Lydia Stone has translated 62 of Krylov’s Fables, and published them in her book The Frogs Who Begged for a Tsar. (Russia Life Books, 2010).  On Saturday, February 9 she will speak on the art of translating Russian poetry into English, with examples from nineteenth and twentieth century Russian poets, as well as Krylov, a program which will include a workshop devoted to the translation of Russian verse.  This program is intended primarily for people who know Russian and English well, and are interested in the art of translation, and will be held in the Russian American Club (2920 Beach Blvd. S, in Gulfport)   Fee for this program is $10.00.

Lydia Razran Stone is an accomplished translator of Russian poetry for Russian Life Magazine and has been the editor of SlavFile, a quarterly for Slavic translators for the past 15 years.

Lydia Razran Stone has an MA in Russian languages and literatures and a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology. She has been ATA certified for Russian to English translation in 1983. Her most prolonged assignment as a technical translator involved 10+ years of translating and reporting on space biology and medicine for NASA and editing a 5-volume joint NASA –Russian Academy of Sciences book on the subject. She is proud of starting and frequently MC’s the Literary Division’s poetry reading session. A founding member of the Slavic Language Division she has been the editor of its publication, SlavFile since 1995. She has been translating the poetry for Chteniya (Readings) a quarterly journal of translated Russian literature since its founding, has published poetic translations in a number of other online and print journals, and was the translator of 3 bilingual books of Russian poetry.   


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Last Chance for Tickets for Russian Winter Ball!

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This is your last Chance! Tickets are almost gone for the Russian Winter Ball on Saturday, January 19, 2019. The deadline for ticket purchases on line at the website (www.russianheritage.org) is Wednesday, January 16 at noon. Act now! For more information, call 727-337-2613. Remember, tickets are not available at the door!  Don’t miss this opportunity……

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A Christmas Suggestion…

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Our suggestion for a great last minute Christmas gift for someone really special –
a ticket to the Russian Winter Ball on January 19, 2019!   
And if you would like to place an ad in the Program Booklet,
the final deadline is December 27, 2018  
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Thinking About the Winter Ball in January? Consider an Ad in our Program Booklet.

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Did anyone of you notice that the holiday spirit is in the air already?  Invitations to our annual Winter Ball are ready to be mailed,  and on January 19th, 2019 the Yacht Club of St. Petersburg will open its doors to welcome the guests of this unforgettable event. Members of Russian Heritage are already busy making all the necessary preparations. We hope that the business community will be interested in placing information about their products and services in our Program Booklets that we will be offering to our guests. We usually host from 200 to 300 energetic and fun loving people! The cost of a business card sized ad is $50.00. Your support of the most elegant and fun event in Tampa Bay is priceless!!!

If you would like to place an ad in this Program Booklet you can  click on the Payment category for more information and opportunities to order your ad.  Or call 727-201-6229.


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Russian Heritage Winter Ball

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Extravagant Annual WINTER BALL at the elegant St. Petersburg Yacht Club!

This will definitely be one of the highlights of 2019!
* Fine food with Surf-and-Turf as entree
* Ded Moroz
* Exciting live and DJ dance music
* Spectacular silent auction!

Black Tie Optional

$125 for members, with 2019 dues paid.
Early Bird: $100 for members, before January 4, 2019.
$150 for non-members.
Early Bird: $125 for non-members, before January 4, 2019.

(See payment page for buying tickets)

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FATHERS AND SONS: Friday, November 9, 2018

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To mark the 200th anniversary of Ivan Turgenev’s birth in 1818, Russian Heritage will present a program on Turgenev’s “Fathers and Sons”. This novel is considered one of the classics not only of Russian Literature but also of World Literature, ranking with the novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. This event on November 9 will feature readings from the novel in English and selections from a film version in Russian, followed by the commentary of several professors of literature and a general discussion.

We hope you will consider reading (or re-reading) the novel before November 9. It is available on line and in most libraries. If you are not able to read the entire novel before the event, you might read at the first 10 chapters, or just come to the program to be entertained and enlightened.

The program begins at 4:00 PM on Friday, November 9, 2018 at the Main Public Library, 3745 9th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33713.  Free and open to the public.

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Fall Meeting: Focus on Students and Board Members in Russia

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On Saturday, September 8 come to the Russian American Club in Gulfport (2920 Beach Blvd S) to hear USF Students who studied in Russia during the summer of 2018 and several Russian Heritage Board Members who also spent part of the summer in Russia.  They will share their experiences and what surprised them the most.  They will discuss what attitudes they found towards America and Americans.  It will give us a chance to hear from students who have been partially funded from the RH scholarship program, and also to get to know better some of our current RH Board Members.  The program begins at 4:00 pm and will be followed by a Russian-themed pot-luck supper.  If you have a favorite Russian dish, a salad, zakuska, vegetable, or dessert, bring it along.  If you would prefer to bring some other food dish, that’s fine too.

We will post additional information on this event soon, but we hope you will put this program on your calendar, and if you use facebook, you can let us know that you are coming.   It looks like an exciting program with first-hand reports on what is current in Russia at the present time.


Also coming soon:

SPIFFS 44th Annual International Folk Fair will be held from October 25 – 28, 2018 at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg, FL. The 4-day festival showcases food and culture from 36+ member organizations, each representing immigrants from nations across the globe. The groups will unite in a Grand Parade of Nations, culminating in a swearing-in ceremony of new American citizens.  Russian Heritage will be presenting Russian culture at this event, and we will need volunteers for the four days of the event.

Russian Heritage Winter Ball at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club on Saturday, January 19.  This is one of our outstanding programs of the year, and you don’t want to miss it.

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Shashlik Picnic and Annual Meeting

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Shashlik/Picnic and Annual Meeting: April 29, 2018

Where:  War Veterans Memorial Park. 9600 Bay Pines Boulevard, St. Petersburg, FL 33708. Shelter #5.

When:   Sunday, April 29, 2018.

Food:  Shashlik (Pork or chicken + beverages and sides).  Suggested donation: Adults $10; Children and Students $5.

Activities for adults and children.

Musical program by Andrei Cheine.

A short business meeting with election of new members of the Board of Directors had the results shown below.

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Officers and Board Members for Russian Heritage

Current Officers:  Bill Parsons, President;  Mary Stenov, Vice President;  Zhenya Davenport, Secretary;  Anastasiya Dycus, Treasurer.

The current officers have one year remaining of their 2-year terms.  As a result of the elections at the annual meeting Kato Hetschinof, Corey Merenda, and Victoria Peppard, and Natalia Scarberry will join Elly Roche and Zhanna Thomas as Directors for the coming year.

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