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|Fort Ross Festival 2016: California State Parks and Fort Ross Conservancy are pleased to welcome you to Fort Ross Festival where we celebrate the wonderful diverse international flavors and cultures of Fort Ross. This year’s event, generously sponsored by Renova Fort Ross Foundation, will highlight the Kashia, Russian, Alaska Native, and California ranch era peoples who have called Fort Ross home over the centuries. We’ll offer costumed historical vignettes, hands-on crafts, horse and buggy rides, music & dance from numerous cultures, an international food bazaar — and of course, the Fort Ross Beer Garden!
$20 per car (includes $8 State Parks fee).
Grab a Pint at our 3rd Annual Beer Garden!
Fort Ross Festival’s Beer Garden, with its incredible front row seat to the Pacific Ocean, offers a great variety of delicious food and cold beverages for you to enjoy while listening to live Americana music. This year is bigger than ever! We are thrilled to have the continued support from local Lagunitas Brewing Co. and Tilted Shed Ciderworks, and new this year we will also be serving beer generously donated from our new partners North Coast Brewing Company, 101 North Brewing Co., Uinta Brewing Co. and more cider from Sonoma Cider! We’ll have a wide variety of beers from each brewer, from hoppy IPAs to rich, roasty Stouts.
Call Picnic Music
While the Call Picnic Area is alive with Americana music, the historic Fort Ross compound will have a variety of traditional Russian performers. And outside the compound the Kashia Pomo group Su Nu Shinal will dance their traditional dances in their spiritual dance circle.
International Food Bazaar
Choose from a wonderful variety of local vendors in our International Food Bazaar! From fresh oysters, crab cakes and salmon burgers from Northwest Catering Company (Estero Cafe) of Valley Ford, traditional Russian borscht and piroshki from the brand new Russian House #1 in Jenner, or slow smoked BBQ with fresh coleslaw from BBQ Smokehouse Bistro & Catering. We’ll also offer Californian & European style crepes filled with sweet or savory options from Ultra Crepes, or for a taste of India check out Curry Sensations Chicken or Butternut Squash Curry Rice plates, or Fried Fish Pakora. For a refreshing and healthful treat, have a serving of Juice Runners Red, Gold & Green veggie/fruit juice mixes, or warm up with an organic hot espresso from Julianne’s Espresso Connection. We’re also thrilled to welcome back the incredible flavors of homemade, award-winning, small batch ice cream from Nimble & Finn’s.
“Greens for the Blue” Salad Booth
Support Fort Ross Conservancy’s Marine Ecology Program: Every Dollar You Spend Goes to our Marine Ecology Educational Fund.
Choose from three amazing salad choices generously donated by Whole Foods Petaluma.Fort Ross Conservancy’s Marine Ecology Program (MEP) offers a wonderful opportunity for youth to learn about local marine ecology at Fort Ross. Elementary, middle, and high school students spend one or two days immersed in the day-to-day tasks of a marine biologist. FRC’s Marine Ecology Program is underwritten in part by the California Coastal Commission and Renova Fort Ross Foundation.
A Tale of Fort Ross
We are thrilled to welcome all the way from Pskov, Russia, the very talented Vera Belius, illustrator of the upcoming book A Tale of Fort Ross, published in partnership with Renova Fort Ross Foundation. Vera will hold art classes in the fort compound for children and adults alike to demonstrate and teach techniques in creative drawing.
Craftspeople Demonstrating Hands-On Crafts
Settlement Ross was one of the first industrial centers of California, and many skilled craftspeople were hard at work here, building California’s first ships, windmill, clay bricks, barrels, and much more. Today you can watch a blacksmith, tinsmith, weaver, spinner, felt maker, laundress, soap maker, carpenter, broom maker and many others busily preparing their wares, perhaps to trade with the Spanish, Mexicans or Bostonians. Several of the crafts allow you to join the fun–learn to make your own rope, mini-basket, or candle.
Alaska Native Crafts
We welcome Marc Daniels of Make Access Iqyax back to Fort Ross where he’ll continue his traditional boat build of our double iqyax. And this year we are thrilled to have Andrew Abyo, Alutiiq artist and culture bearer carving paddles and throwing boards.
Ranch-era Call House Museum Walkthrough
George W. Call built this residence in 1878 as a headquarters for the ranch and shipping operations, and a home for their family, which eventually included nine children. The house museum, first open to visitors in May, 2003, is an excellent example of the Early California Ranch period. Many of the furnishings belonged to the Call family. During Fort Ross Festival the Call House Museum will be open for limited viewing only.
Fort Ross Festival Activities
Proposed Schedule (subject to change):
10:00 to 6:30 Fort Ross Conservancy Bookshop in the Visitor Center offers great Fort Ross items for sale
California State Parks supports equal access. Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance should contact 707/847-3437. Please leave your dogs at home, Thank you.
We would like to thank Renova Fort Ross Foundation for generously funding this event.
Congress of Russian Americans congratulates all Russian American students who have graduated this year from Russian Schools throughout the United States. This year, 3 students graduated from the Sts.Cyrill & Methodious
The annual Russia Forum New York, organized by the Russian Center NY was held on April 21, 2016 at the Princeton Club in New York.
During the forum, international, economic, scientific and cultural topics were discussed. Nearly 200 representatives of American financial organizations, well-known economists, representatives of government and community organizations participated in the forum. Participants of the forum included Russian Federation Minister, Moscow Government, Head of the Department of External Economic and International Relations, Sergei Cheremin, Director of the Guggenheim Museum, Richard Armstrong, investor and director of the Wolfsonian Museum, Michael Hughes, patron and founder of “Russian Cultural Initiative” at the American University in Washington DC, Susan Carmel, representatives of the Russian Embassy, RF Trade Representatives, Russian Venture Company and many others.
Potential investment opportunities in Moscow were presented by Minister Cheremin. “For us”, he stated, “participation in this impressive forum opens up opportunities to present our strategy for developments in Moscow. We see as our goal to have Moscow included in the top 20 cities of the world, where best conditions prevail for investment potential. Moscow city government demonstrates openness and eagerness to work with representatives of all business groups”. He informed the audience that prior to the forum, he met with New York city leaders at the mayor’s office. “In fact, we agreed to reinstate our relationship between New York and Moscow, renew active cooperation and collaboration in those spheres that require priority attention, – he explained that “it’s very often that large municipalities have similar problems in areas of town-planning, education and public health”.
Chair of the Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots of the US and President of the Congress of Russian Americans, Natalie Sabelnik pointed out opportunities available in Russia for international business. She was Marketing Manager and Commercial Director for East Russia for Chevron International Oil Company after the fall of the Soviet Union. She underlined that “forums, such as these, create a conducive atmosphere for trust between our two nations”.
Anton Konev, former legislative director at New York State Assembly in Albany, NY spoke in support of developing inter-regional relations. He feels that “this will create better conditions for business”.
Appraising the discussions at the forum, Susan Carmel, founder of the “Russian Cultural Initiative” at the American University in Washington DC, commented to the TASS correspondent, that “each time, people gather at a Round Table, united by common goals, this helps to resolve even the most serious issues”.
The Forum was sponsored by the Consulate General of the Russian Federation, NY, the Gorchakov Fund, Moscow City Government, American-Russian Law Institute and the Congress of Russian Americans.
TASS Correspondent, Igor Borisenko
more on TASS website http://tass.ru/ekonomika/3230352
April 21, 2016
Princeton Club of New York, 15 West 43rd NY NY
12:00 PM Registration and Welcome Lunch
1:00 PM Session A: Prospects for Russian-American Cooperation
Keynote Sergey Cheremin, Minister of Moscow Government, Head of the Department for External Economic and International Relation
Moderator: Tom Sima, Owner Law Firm of Thomas C. Sima
Natalie Sabelnik, President of the Congress of Russian Americans; Chair of Coordinating Council of Russian Compatriots; former Marketing Manager & Commercial Director for East Russia of Chevron International Oil Company
Anton Konev, Legislative Director to Luis Sepulveda, Member of Assembly, 87th District former City Councilman, City of Albany
Aleksei Lossan, Deputy Editor in Chief Russia Beyond The Headlines
Ruslan Bayramov, President of the International Charitable Foundation “Dialogue of Cultures – United World“, Founder of Ethnomir
2:00 PM Coffee Break
2:30 PM Session B: Prospects for Russian-American Business Cooperation
Moderator: Axel Tillmann, CEO of RVC USA Fund
Mikhail Kalugin, Head of Economic Section at Embassy of Russia, Counselor
Alexander Jutkowitz, CEO of Group SJR
Randi B. Levinas, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of USRBC
Alexander Potapov, Executive Director of Member of the Management Board of RVC
Pavel Efremkin, Chairman of Aerolase Corporation
3:30 PM Coffee Break
4: 00 PM Session C: Russian- American Cultural Cooperation
Moderator: Anton Fedyashin, Director of The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History
Richard Armstrong, Director of The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation
Susan E. Carmel, Founder of The Carmel Institute of Russian Culture and History at American University
Patricia Duff, Founder/CEO of The Common Good
Michael Hughes, Development Director of The Wolfsonian – Florida International University
5:30 PM Closing Remarks
Конгресс русских американцев поздравляет Павла Приемышева, победившего в международном конкурсе юных чтецов «Живая Классика».
Павел – ученик Свято-Кирилло-Мефодиевской Гимнази, представляющий КРА. Он стал одним из сорока всемирных победителей, и одним из пяти победителей США.
Конкурс проходил в он-лайн формате. Пять детей из Америки вошли в число сорока победителей со всех стран мира и награждены поездкой в Международный детский Центр «Артек» на финал конкурса:
Приемышев Павел (Калифорния)
Суховеева Александра (Мэриленд)
Белолипецкий Лев (Мэриленд)
Агапова Соня (Висконсин)
Гопан Юнна (Висконсин)
Координатор проекта «Живая Классика» Татьяна Щелокова
RUSSIAN CHILDREN’S WELFARE SOCIETY (San Francisco Branch)
presents a fundraising festival 85th Annual Celebration of the
DAY OF THE RUSSIAN CHILD
85-й ДЕНЬ РУССКОГО РЕБЕНКА
Sunday, May 8, 2016
at the Russian Center of San Francisco
2460 Sutter St., San Francisco
Adults $10.00, children $5.00
12:00 Noon – Russian BUFFET
1pm–5pm – PROGRAM
Young performers aged 3 to 18 will present Russian songs, poetry, folk dance and ballet
RUSSIAN BOOK SALE
(books in Russian for children and the whole family!)
Donations are tax deductible
Congress of Russian Americans expresses its sincerest condolences to relatives and friends of victims of the recent plane crash of March 19, 2016 in Rostov-on-Don.
Конгресс русских американцев выражает глубокие соболезнования родным и близким погибших в авиакатастрофе в Ростове-на-Дону 19 марта.
New Opera NYC with support of Congress of Russian Americans and Russian Center of San Francisco presents double bill of Russian operas: new production of Boris Godunov by M.Mussorgsky and Iolanta by P.Tchaikovsky.
Outstanding cast of world renowned singers includes legendary bass of Bolshoi Theater Grammy Award Nominee Mikhail Svetlov. In famous Chaliapin’s tradition Mikhail will perform two bass roles in this new production of Boris Godunov: drunkard Varlaam and Tsar Boris.
Stark production of Iolanta that Opera News Magazine described as “effective production” and ”enjoyable performance” features Russian soprano Julia Lima in the tile role of Iolanta, M.Svetlov will perform the role of King Rene and rising star tenor Viktor Antipenko will take on the role of passioned Vodemon.
Director of Production: Igor Konyukhov
Conductor: Lidiya Yankovskaya
Set Designer: Julian Hoyos
Costume Designer: Olga Maslova
Lighting Designer: Greg Mitchel
Executive Producer: Nadia Artman
Where: Cowell Theater, Fort Mason Center
2, Marina Blvd San Francisco
When: April 15, 16 2016 at 7:30 PM
Tickets are $45 – $150
Tickets with student ID 20$
For tickets go to www.nonyc.org
New Opera NYC is looking for volunteers to help during the
performances and rehearsals on April 14,15,16
Responsibilities include helping back stage and front of house (ushers)
For more information and questions contact Nadia Artman
cell: (239) 682-2145
The Cedar City Music Arts Association Presents Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival Starring Nikolai Massenkoff
January 22nd 2016
Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival
Starring Nikolai Massenkoff “World Celebrated Singer”
Featuring: Balalaika Ensemble & Russian Folk Ballet