Tree city residents, whether you call her 'motherland' or not, Russia is coming to Michigan for the first ever Annual Ann Arbor Russian Festival. Presented by St Vladimir's Orthodox Church, the celebration will begin with a traditional Russian Bell ringing, and continue for two days of authentic cuisine and crafts. Attendees can spend time in a Tearoom with authentic Russian Sweets, or enjoy live traditional folk music. Those feeling metropolitan can step onto a DJ'd open dance floor, or peruse an art exhibit. The festival will even feature a Vodka Infusion contest, inviting attendees to show off home-flavored Stoli—contestants must register with info@stvladimiraami no later than September 14. Saturday, September 21, 11am-11pm; Sunday, September 11, 1-7pm. Free. St. Vladimir Russian Orthodox Church, 9900 Jackson Rd., Dexter. 734-475-4590. russianfestival.stvladimiraami.org—JS
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