SLAVONIC FESTIVAL «POKROV»
With God’s help we hosted our first Slavonic Festival “Pokrov” on Saturday, October 12th, 2019 in honor of the holiday of Protection of the Theotokos.
Our festival was a happy family celebration, which attracted over 300 guests from all over New England. The celebration had a warm and soulful atmosphere, where every guest and participant felt at home.
About thirty families from our parish contributed to the preparation and realization of this festival. Encouraged by the desire to work in God’s honor, we created costumes and decorations, carefully crafted the concert program, activities for children and lottery prizes, organized a collection of souvenirs, and of course cooked and baked our favorite Slavic foods.
This wonderful idea, which half a year ago came to the lead organizer of the festival, regent of our church choir Maria Jockusch, was supported and blessed by father Alexandr, and inspired our small but tight knit parish to organize the Festival “Pokrov”.
Our parish members, owner of the company “Bucovina Cuisines” Oksana Karcha and her mother Victoria, pleased our guests and participants with delicious Ukrainian dishes.
The invited artists felt a heartful connection to the festival and were happy to help by gifting us with their bright and unforgettable performances! We are thanking all of the artists involved:
- Ziya & Dovlet Ovezovi
- Maria Kotova with her sons and students
- Alexander Prokhorov-Tolstoy, the Artistic Director of Commonwealth Lyric Theatre in Boston
- Dance group “Samovar”
- Pre-school “Malysh” in Sudbery MA, and Ekaterina Taraday
- Parish Sunday School of Holy Epiphany church in Boston
We would also like to thank the following contributors:
- Mac Medway Academy, Milford MA, which provided the costumes for the photobooth and for our fun and happy bear.
- Natalia Stoliarova, who provided the kokoshnik for the winning lottery basket, and a dress for the photobooth.
- Elena Vikstrom, who provided decorations and banners.
- Greg Besher, who created a wonderful video about the festival.
- Valeria Gutnik, who provided the birch bark souvenirs for the presents.
Thank you to all of our project organizers and implementers, vendors, participants, and most importantly our guests, for contributing to the funds for the Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church!
All of the collected funding will be used for the renovation of the church. The church building has been registered with the Manchester Historic Association as a historical building of Manchester, NH.
God bless you all!
The members of Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church