S: Kaitlin McGrath
BC: R U S S I A N
FC: Something Russian Festival ~ 2012
1: All About St. Nicholas Church
2: St. Nicholas' Cathedral has a rich Russian history. One traditional architectural feature is the onion dome. Originally this addition was built to help divert heavy snow from the roof.
3: Other common traits of orthodox churches are many icons and a large chandelier. | Icons were seen as "portals" to the heavens.
4: Sarah, Hannah, Grace, and Ellen made a great group to explore with! | Here is a group of my friends and me posing with the giant Matryoshka.
5: I even went "inside" the Russian nesting doll. | This felt banner shows the outer most layer of a doll.
6: Next we saw musicians playing Russian music, on a special instrument. | The announcer also acted as a musician.
7: Balalaikas are triangularly shaped, with three strings. Depending on the type, this instrument can be played sitting or standing. My favorite was the was the biggest balalaika! It produced the lowest sound in the group. | Bass Balalaika
9: In the main hall, visitor were able to examine, beautiful easter eggs. In Russia and Ukraine, they are called "Pysanky." Each egg is hollow in the center, making it very fragile. These two women sat at the festival all day, decorating the eggs intricately. They were then sold as souvenirs. | ~Delicate ~
10: Delicious Food | Poonchki (Donuts) | Dessert | Cevapcici | Kvass (Bread Soda)
11: Before | After | At the festival, my friends and I tried many different types of foods. | Our main meal consisted of Chicken Kiev, Borscht soup, a Peroghi, Blini, and a few pieces of assorted cakes.
12: We loved all the food, especially, the desserts!
13: Though a little afraid at first, we all eventually tried the soda. I didn't care for this drink, as it had a bread flavor.
14: Tea Time
15: St. Petersburg Imported Tea | Hannah, Ellen, and I decided to spend some time in the Tea Room. We had very good tea as well as a pleasant sweet.
16: Until Next Year!