Maslenitsa 2017

 

SIXTH Annual East-European/Central Asian

Spring Festival Returns to North Alabama!!!!

 

MADISON, ALA.:  The Blossomwood Foundation (a 501(c)(3) organization), OlgaDNZ Dance Studio, and Eastern European and Central Asian communities present a one-of-a-kind festival, not only for the Tennessee Valley, but for the Southeast—MASLENITSA!

 

The merriment runs from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.Saturday, 25 Februaryat the Rocket Republic Brewing Company289 Production Avenue, in Madison.  In addition to hosting this unique event, the City of Madison can also boast its own Olga Osadcii, originally from Moldova, who returns for the sixth year as Event Organizer.

 

Visitors can immerse themselves in this cultural celebration of the dying Winter and the longed-for emergence of Spring, enjoying authentic regional folksongs and traditional dances, savoring traditional foods, communing with their inner artiste through free craft-making and family games, and experiencing firsthand an insider’s view of Ukraine, Tajikistan, Moldova, Russia, Kazakhstan, and other lands in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Baltic States, and the Southern Caucasus.

 

Our collective heritage will demonstrate those far-off areas are in fact, closer than most Southeasterners realize!

Admission for MASLENITSA will be $5.00 for all attendees over twelve years of age—who may pay at the door with cash or check.  The first one hundred attendees will receive free Blini (think “Blintz,” or Crêpe).

Blini, with their round, golden warmth, hearken back to the sun and are thus harbingers of spring; extras will be $1 each.  Closer to crêpes than to everyday flapjacks as we know them, blini may be eaten straight, with extra ingredients incorporated in the batter, while plain versions are topped, or filled and rolled, with various “condiments.” Garnishes provided at the Toppings Table will range from honey, sour cream, sugar, and condensed milk to maple syrup, jam, and jelly. Black and herbal tea will also be available.

Vendors will offer crafts and baked goods, the latter of which will augment the Blini provided by Royal Rose Café, and Brookside, Alabama’s “Sisterhood of Saint Olga” will return, bringing filledPirozhki with them!  Pirozhki are baked and bun-like, as opposed to the more Ravioli-styled Pierogis of Poland.

Along with Romanian/Moldovan tunes by keyboardist/vocalist Val Bratu, dancers from Ukraine, Georgia, and the OlgaDNZ dance troupe will number among the performers, which include visiting exchange students and students from the Do-Re-Mi school.

 

Expect a colorful day that is both fun and educational, although merely the tip of the iceberg that is the cultural mosaic of North Alabama. Further information at (256) 585-8354 andThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or by following “Maslenitsa in Alabama” on Facebook!