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Norwich, Conn. -
The 15th annual Russian Festival gave patrons much to choose
from, but Norwich resident Ann Carignan was happy just spending
time in the dining room.
"The food was delicious. I wish I could go back and eat again,"
Carignan said after a lunch of traditional Russian cuisine served
at The Orthodox Church of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of
Russia, which sponsors the event as a fundraiser.
Peter Clegg, a festival organizer, said the proceeds help pay
utility bills and other maintenance costs at the 364 Canterbury
"It really takes a huge burden off our shoulders," he said.
In addition to Russian vendors, a silent auction, basket raffles
and a bake sale, the festival showcases foods prevalent in
different parts of the vast country.
Golubtsi, a dish of stuffed cabbage stuffed with seasoned beef
and rice, shared space with pierogi, borscht and kotleti.
Father Kevin Kalish, the church's rector, said bringing members
of the public to Holy New Martyrs is important.
Kalish offered people tours of the chapel and other parts of the
facility's grounds, which are undergoing a multi-phase capital
"It's really a nice opportunity for people to come and see our
church, and learn about who we are. There is a sense of
community," Kalish said. "It's a small but growing community."
Clegg agreed. He said the church has about 60 active members, so
sponsoring a major outdoor event like Saturday's festival is a
chance to do outreach while celebrating Russian culture
"This is a very warm and energetic community. We work together
all year," he said. "And this festival is very important
financially for the parish. We want to make it much, much
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