Fort Ross, the only Russian outpost ever established on what is now the continental United States, celebrates the 198th anniversary of its founding with an annual Cultural Heritage Day on Saturday, July 31.
In addition to the imported Russian culture that was central to life at Fort Ross, park interpretive specialist Hank Birnbaum says that the native Kashaya people and their heritage will be well represented at the event Saturday.
Schedule Of Events In The Fort
10:00 Gates open to the fort.
10:00 St. Nicholas Cathedral performs a liturgy
10:30 Slavyanka Choir performs Russian secular music
11:00 Russian Folk Music & Dance
12:00 Musket and cannon demonstration
1:00 Russian Folk Music & Dance
2:00 Slavyanka Choir performs Russian liturgical music
3:30 Musket and cannon demonstration
5:00 Gates close
This expanded schedule of events for this year’s Cultural Heritage Day is, in part, preparatory to the more extensive celebrations already being planned for the Fort’s bicentennial in 2012.