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Maslenitsa 2017 - Rockefeller Greenhouse in Cleveland

Maslenitsa 2017
Rockefeller Greenhouse in Cleveland
For Russian Cultural Garden
February 26, 2017

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its annual Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse.

Maslenitsa in Cleveland 2017


Maslenitsa has its origins in both pagan and Christian traditions. In Slavic mythology, Maslenitsa is a celebration of the imminent end of the winter. It has been compared to Mardi Gras or Carnival.

The event was also a fund-raiser put on by the Russian Cultural Garden committee. The Russian Cultural Gardens is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to promoting the Russian Heritage and Russian cultural influence in America. The Russian Cultural Garden has a prominent goal of building the Russian Cultural Garden as a part of the Cultural Gardens of Cleveland in the Rockefeller Park. Visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/russiangarden.

Russian Cultural Garden plans

Russian Cultural Garden plans

Russian Cultural Garden plans


One of the highlights of the event was the Best Blini (pancake) Contest. The judges were Debbie Hanson, Ken Kovach, Joe Cimperman and Erika Puussaar. The three winners were announced and awarded.

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Cooking blini

Cooking blini

Best Blini Contest Judges Joe Cimperman and Ken Kovach

Best Blini Contest Judges Joe Cimperman and Ken Kovach

Best Blini Contest Judges Debbie Hanson and Ken Kovach with the first place winner

Best Blini Contest Judges Debbie Hanson and Ken Kovach with the first place winner

The Top 3 Best Blini Winners

The Top 3 Best Blini Winners


The youngsters had fun playing various games on the lawn such as this one.



Maslenitsa Kids games

Maslenitsa Kids games


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The adults had fun dancing throughout the day.



Maslenitsa dances

Maslenitsa dances

Maslenitsa dances

The Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus, aka the Cuyahoga Cossacks, strolled through the Greenhouse and sang Russian songs.



Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus

Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus
Michael Clements, Ken Kovach, Nicholas Bodle,
Ron Latare and Michael Pilat


Ladies showed off their best babushkas in the annual Babushka Contest.



Babushka Contest at Maslenitsa

Babushka Contest at Maslenitsa

Babushka Contest at Maslenitsa

Babushka Contest at Maslenitsa

Another highlight was the musical performance by the young students of pianist and instructor Olga Druzhinina from Olga's Music Studio.

See photos and videos of the students ranging in age from 6-16 years of age.

See some of the people and colorful costumes at the 2017 Maslenitsa

Congratulations to the leaders of the Russian Cultural Garden and the Maslenitsa committee for a terrific event.

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