From Russia, with love

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Posted: March 18, 2013

The Winchester Star

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.

WINCHESTER — Dozens of people gathered in the Children’s Room at Handley Library on Saturday afternoon to ring in spring with a traditional Russian custom.

“Goodbye winter, hello spring and let’s…

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