THE GOSHEN NEWS
Experience a bit of Russia during the eighth annual Russian Festival north of Goshen Sept. 14.
The setting for this annual event is Holy Virgin Protection Russian Orthodox Church, a small parish that has kept its Russian Orthodox traditions for more than 50 years.
There will be authentic Russian food, folk music and Russian dancers.
Also on hand will be homemade desserts, authentic Russian souvenirs, CDs of Russian music and books on Orthodox Christianity. Church tours will also be available.
This parish fundraiser runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Church Hall located behind the church at 61355 C.R. 21 (Indiana Avenue). Admission is free and the suggested donation for parking is $2.
The Russian Festival features a broad selection of authentic, hand-made Russian crafts and souvenirs, from lacquer boxes to hand-painted, nesting wooden dolls, known as “matroshki.”
Meals will include beef stroganoff, marinated chicken, shashlik (grilled pork) or pelmeni (handmade dumplings), along with a bowl of borsht (beet soup), cucumber or potato salad.
Along with homemade baked goods, fresh blini (Russian pancakes) will be available again this year, with a selection of different fillings.
New this year will be Russian tea brewed in an authentic samovar.
The church’s Russian dancing group and singers will perform at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. A variety of dances will be performed by members of the parish Sunday school, including folk dances and a traditional waltz. New this year the dancers will perform a new Russian gypsy dance and a dance that celebrates the Russian nesting dolls “Matrioshka.” All of the dances are performed in traditional costume.
Tours of the church building will be held at noon and 2 p.m., including both a brief talk on Orthodoxy and an opportunity to ask questions.
Organizers also encourage guests to join the parish in taking up a collection for the food pantry at The Window in Goshen. Every dollar donated helps The Window feed local families.
For more information, call 574-807-1508 or follow the “Russian Festival” link on the parish website at www.orthodoxgoshen.org.