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Maslenitsa 2019 - Rockefeller Greenhouse in Cleveland

Maslenitsa 2019
Rockefeller Greenhouse in Cleveland
For Russian Cultural Garden
March 3, 2019

The Cleveland Russian Cultural Garden hosted its 5th annual Maslenitsa celebration at the Rockefeller Greenhouse.

Maslenitsa doll face


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.

The event was full of music, games, shopping, auction and Russian food and drink.

The Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus aka the Cuyahoga Cossacks performed this Russian song called Kalinka. Here is video of their performance.

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See more videos of the Cuyahoga Cossacks performing at the 2019 Maslenitsa:

Russian Marching Song

Russian Blacksmith song

In the Dark Forest Song

Cuyahoga Cossacks singing

Cuyahoga Cossacks singing

Cuyahoga Cossacks Ron Latare, Michael Pilat, Leon Sheean, John Romanchik and Ken Kovach

Cuyahoga Cossacks Ron Latare, Michael Pilat, Leon Sheean,
John Romanchik and Ken Kovach

Another highlights was the Best Babushka Contest where ladies showed off their favorite babushka.



 Best Babushka Contest

Best Babushka Contest


 Best Babushka Contest

 Best Babushka Contest

The Paprika Dance Ensemble entertained as well.



Paprika Girls Russian dance at Maslenitsa in Cleveland

Paprika Dance Ensemble at Maslenitsa in Cleveland


Paprika Girls Russian dance at Maslenitsa in Cleveland

Paprika Girls Russian dance at Maslenitsa in Cleveland

Paprika Girls Russian dance at Maslenitsa in Cleveland

The food was a major attraction as people enjoyed Blini (pancakes) (maybe with a cup of Caviar), Baranki (pretzels), Pelmeni (dumplings), Sbiten (traditional hot herbal beverage), Petushki (Russian lollipop) and Shashlyk (grilled chicken). Shashlyk is like shish kabob and can be chicken, beef, pork, lamb and even fish. The meat is marinated and put on skewers and grilled on an open flame.

Cooking the Shashlyk

Cooking the Shashlyk

Shashlyk on the grill

Shashlyk on the grill

Blini

Blini




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About a dozen ladies entered their blini recipe for the Best Blini contest.



Bringing out the blini for the judges

Bringing out the blini for the judges

Blini Contest judge Ken Kovach presenting a medal

Blini Contest judge Ken Kovach presenting a medal

3rd place winner in the Best Blini contest

3rd place winner in the Best Blini contest

1st place winner in the Best Blini contest

1st place winner in the Best Blini contest


Throughout the afternoon there were games, music, food and fun such as this group dance around a pole.



Enjoy these other images from the 2019 Maslenitsa Celebration in Cleveland.

Boris Vinogradsky cooking shashlyk

Boris Vinogradsky cooking Shashlyk


Svetlana Stolyarova making announcements

Svetlana Stolyarova making announcements


City of Cleveland's Ed Rybka enjoying Maslenitsa

City of Cleveland's Ed Rybka enjoying Maslenitsa


Maslenitsa volunteers

Maslenitsa volunteers


Maslenitsa volunteers

Maslenitsa volunteer


Maslenitsa volunteer

Maslenitsa volunteer


Maslenitsa volunteer

Maslenitsa volunteer


Aleksandr Elesev, Svetlana Stolyarova and Dr. Boris Vinogradsky

Aleksandr Elesev, Svetlana Stolyarova
and Dr. Boris Vinogradsky


Cuyahoga Cossacks guarding the prizes

Cuyahoga Cossacks guarding the prizes


All ages enjoyed Maslenitsa

All ages enjoyed Maslenitsa


Dressed for Maslenitsa

Dressed for Maslenitsa


Maslenitsa doll

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

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