Prizeman is even more excited about this year. Weve got much better entertainment, she promises. There will be music and dance, featuring gifted singers, the traditional Russian instruments balalaika and bayan, plus Russian childrens street games. I dont see that here in America, notes Prizeman, and there is a lot of that in Russia.
Youll get your first taste from the greeters, who will be dressed in traditional Russian costumes and holding bread and salt, which is how Russians welcome honored guests and also how they bless their children after wedding ceremonies. Other tastes might include samovar-brewed tea or kvas, or perhaps even Prizemans own homemade Russian rhubarb ice cream, the tart flavor sweetened with strawberries. Its six and a half hours long, and we dont have a dull moment, she says.
The festival takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at All Saints of Russia Orthodox Church, 3274 East Iliff Avenue. Visit www.rocadenver.org/?language=en for information.
Sat., Sept. 19, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., 2009