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New Program Series: Russkie Posidelki

November 2, 6:00-8:00pm
Free and free admission for all visitors on the first Thursday of each month from 4:00-8:00pm

We are excited to introduce a new series of programs based on the rural Slavic custom of posidelki, a traditional evening “sit-round gathering” when peasants enjoyed conversation, jokes, songs, food and handicrafts. Larger festive posidelki with music, dancing, games and rich dinners took place on holidays and other special occasions.

Our posidelki series will focus on conversation: an informal, open discussion and exchange of ideas related to Russian traditions, culture, history, language, literature, and the arts. Anyone curious and/or passionate about Russia is welcome to share experiences, ask questions, or just come to listen and learn.

Beginning October 1, look for the “Posidelski Post” box at the Museum to submit questions and topic ideas for upcoming sessions.

The debut session on November 2 is a special two-hour program that begins at 6:00pm and will feature tea, vodka, smoked salmon, and other zakuska. Hostess Mila Subbotina, the Museum’s Russian Community Liaison, will lead a conversation about Russian and American sayings, idioms, and other linguistic quirks, and will also invite ideas for shaping the posidelki series.