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Lecture and Reception
Ringing in Russia’s Old New Year: A discussion of holiday traditions with writer and historian Jennifer Eremeeva

Saturday, January 12, 1:00-4:00pm
Members $12, Nonmembers $18
Reserve your space below and pay at the door, or call 978.598.5000 x121. Space is limited!

Throughout Russia’s turbulent history, abrupt social change, and mass immigration, holiday traditions have managed to survive and even thrive often despite active government repression. Join writer and historian Jennifer Eremeeva for a celebration of Russia’s “Old New Year” with tea, gingerbread, and a discussion of the unique fusion of pagan folklore, agrarian influences, Christian traditions, and Soviet modifications that have molded modern Russia’s numerous public and professional holidays.

Jennifer Eremeeva is an American expatriate, food, travel, and culture writer and photographer currently based in Riga, Latvia, and Massachusetts. Jennifer is the award-winning author of Lenin Lives Next Door: Marriage, Martinis, and Mayhem in Moscow and Have Personality Disorder, Will Rule Russia: A Concise History. She contributes regular feature articles and photos to The Moscow Times, Russian Life, and Reuters and is the in-house travel blogger for Alexander + Roberts, a leading American tour operator. She is currently at work on a historical novel. To learn more about Jennifer, visit jennifereremeeva.com.

Russian Caravan Tea with lemons and homemade strawberry jam
Russian gingerbread
Tangerine Aperol Champagne Punch (Jennifer’s holiday signature cocktail)