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Festival 2018

The 10th Annual Russian Winter Festival     
GRAND FINALE - Two final days of the Festival. It's 2 days of traditional food, music, costumes, exhibits, performances, crafts and contests.
Dates and Times: February 24th, 2018, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
                             February 25th, 2018, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Admissions: Adult: $6, Children: $3 from 5 to 12, children < 5 - Free
Location: New Russia Cultural Center
                1550 Broadway Rensselaer NY 12144.
 
PERFORMANCES
 
RUSSIAN FOLK TRIO “MOSCOW NIGHTS”  
Russian Folk Trio“Moscow Nights” is an exciting, versatile trio of world recognized, prize- winning musicians from Russia. Over years, they have established themselves as one of the fastest rising folk groups in the U.S. These classically trained artists first took Western Europe by storm and now have brought their dazzling, toe-tapping music to North America. The repertoire is centered on masterpieces of Russian folklore and represents the diversity of the culture, ranging from gently humorous songs, to elaborate lyrical suites, to pulsating dance numbers. Russian folk music expresses the national character – outwardly reserved and cool but brimming with vigor, mischievousness and vibrancy inside. Their lively program presents an authentic picture of Russian folk traditions and culture. Lilting Balalaikas, dynamic Bayan Accordion, unique Trashotky & Loshky and humorous Dances combine for an exhilarating and educational performance for audiences of all ages! 
 
EXHIBITIONS
Art Show: Soviet Posters - 15 copies of the historical Russian posters from the Soviet era.  
3rd Rifle Division Red Army  - Reenacting group portrays a typical squad of a Russian rifle division in the Great Patriotic War.
Photo Booth - Russian traditional costumes for dress up.  
 
CRAFTS
Children Craft Corner - kids make their own kokoshnik (traditonal head set) and paint matryoshka (nesting doll)
Craft Vendors - A wide variety of arts, crafts and merchandise related to the Eastern European style is available at the festival.  If you are interested in participating, please review our rules and complete the vendor agreement.  
 
FOOD
Bliny - Russian Panckes with caviar, jam and sour cream.
Golubtsy - Cabbage leaf stuffed with beef & rice, served with baked pirozhki.
Kotlety a la Rus - Chicken grilled to perfection, layered with tomato covered with melted cheese.  Served with oven-baked pirozhki.
Shashlik - Russian Shish Kebab, pork and chiken meet cooked on open fire grill. (Russian Shashlik wil be cooked outside on a long narrow open style bbq (without wire grills), called a mangal. Metal skewers are required, called shampuri.)
 
WINES
Russian Georgian wines: - Kindzmarauli and Kvanchkara
Dry, full-bodied reds like Kindzmarauli and semi-sweet varieties like Kvanchkara have seduced Russian drinkers for centuries. Traditional Georgian grape varieties are little known in the West. Now that the wines of Eastern and Central Europe are coming to international awareness, grapes from this region are becoming better known.

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