Philadelphia Russian Mosaic Festival 2009

October 7, 2009 - 5 Comments

by Jim Barnes

Thanks to Correspondent Mike (Misha) Momot for this article on this recent, fascinating event:

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Russian Mosaic Festival 2009

September 20th was this year’s date for the annual Russian Mosaic Festival.  Part of a series of ethnic culture festivals held at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.

The 193rd Rifle Division was once again in attendance to help honor Russian art, culture, and heritage at this fine event.  The 193rd Rifle Division of the Workers and Peasants Red Army is an organization of WWII or “Great Patriotic War” (as our Russian comrades refer to it) living historians.  We honor the men and women of the Soviet Union’s armed forces who made many sacrifices in defense or their Motherland.

This year’s event was attended by: Lou Sliazis, Ted Lazcano, Emily Momot and myself.  Also in attendance and representing the White Army during the time of the Great Revolution was our comrade Keith Allen.

The weather was fine, the devushkas finer.  Ted had noted, and I’m paraphrasing here, that you would think America are a gun loving culture but the Russian people really seem to embrace their firearms.  It seems to still be respected as a symbol of strength whereas Americans seem to be shying away from this as a whole.

The people are the friendliest you will find, the food and drink are always good though this year the vendors were not as plentiful.  The music and weather were to be enjoyed and of course with our own com station set up (thanks Lou) we had our traditional songs of struggle and inspiration playing over the radio.  Ted displayed an impressive array of weaponry and Emily a growing medical impression.

People lined up for photos, asked questions, shared stories from the Motherland, and came away feeling good.  What I found even more impressive were the people of non- Russian heritage who stopped by to learn more of this rich culture.  This is a special event for me as I am a part of this vast culture myself.  It includes all the peoples of Russia and the former Soviet Republics.

Come out and visit or participate if you have something to add.  This event is attended by the 193rd at the personal invite of the event organizer.  This is source of honor and pride for us for they don’t invite just anybody.

Comments (5)

Mikhail Zorich

April 16th, 2010 at 7:57 am    


I am the event organizer Misha is referring to in this post. We are honored to have this fine group to participate in the Festival and are looking forward to greet them again on September 19th. This is a special year of the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War and your exhibition will be featured prominently in our promotional campaign.

Dmitry T.

May 7th, 2010 at 6:26 pm    


I’m strongly considering to join you guys during the next Festival in September of 2010. I would appreciate any informational link or contact infromation. Thanks.

Jim Barnes

May 7th, 2010 at 6:54 pm    


Dmitry,

To join the 193rd Rifles, write John Pepper at:
193rd Rifles
PO Box 201
Hanover, PA 17331

The 193rd will have an encampment at the Reading Airshow in June.

Dmitry T.

May 11th, 2010 at 6:53 pm    


Thank you Jim.
Reading Air show is on my “to do” list now.
I’ll stop by 193rd with some questions.
Thanks again!

Jim Barnes

May 14th, 2010 at 7:10 pm    


My pleasure. See you there!

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