Sunday, November 15, 2009

Yearly festival at St Nicholas, Philadelphia
This year I saw Brother Steven Haws and Michael Neuschl from Clem’s; Brother Steven has long lived in Mirfield and Michael is now a parishioner at St Nick’s. Caught up with several local people and of course had my Slav soul food of stuffed cabbage in red sauce and pierogi. The bearded figure is of Grandfather Frost, not exactly Santa but a whimsical personification of winter. This year in the church they played recorded Russian liturgical music showing off the building’s acoustics. It’s said that Stokowski used to pop in and listen to the choir; I have a 1950s recording of them and know many of the people on it.

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