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 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
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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Best Blini Contest Judges Joe Cimperman and Ken Kovach
Best Blini Contest Judges Debbie Hanson and Ken Kovach with the first place winner
The Top 3 Best Blini Winners
The youngsters had fun playing various games on the lawn such as this one.
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Congratulations to the leaders of the Russian Cultural Garden and the Maslenitsa committee for a terrific event.
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