Breanna Cunningham, 5, plays with Russian nesting dolls at a Maslenitsa celebration on Saturday at Handley Library in Winchester. She was with her mother, Jackie Thomas of Winchester. (Photo by Ginger Perry/The Winchester Star)
Nani Vassallo (left) serves a bliny, or Russian pancake, to Sophia Applegate, 9, daughter of Vaska and Doug Applegate of Frederick County. Pancakes are served at Maslenitsa — a traditional Russian holiday that celebrates the end of winter and the arrival of spring — because they are warm and round, like the sun. Maslenitsa is one of Russia’s oldest and most joyful celebrations.
Maya Perkins, 4, sings and dances while playing wooden noisemakers in a Russian dress called a sarafan. She is the daughter of Maria and Mark Perkins of Frederick County.
“Goodbye winter, hello spring and let’s...