Surprena came up with the idea for an inaugural Russian Festival because, she says, "we don't have anything like that." And there's no better place in town to represent a community that's grown to include more than 50,000 people in the metro area than in Glendale, where an especially healthy society of Russians thrives.
The fledgling, volunteer-run fest will bring a little of everything Russian delicious shish kabobs and pierogi, ballet and traditional Russian dancers, balalaika music, gymnasts, handcrafts, Dazbog coffee, rock musicians, businessmen and fashionistas to Glendale's Creekside Park, 4400 East Virginia Avenue, for an extravaganza beginning today at 10 a.m. and wrapping up with a big concert that goes until 10 p.m. Admission is free; for details, go to www.russianfestivaldenver.com.
Mon., Aug. 25, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 2008