Benita & Charlie Staadecker hosted our very first zakuski last night at their beautiful home. We were honored to be there with some of Seattle’s most dedicated arts patrons, and had an engaging conversation about the Project, and the arts in general. We talked about the Russkaya dusha–the great Soul of Russia–which Chekhov represents in his work for so many people, and how best to reach out to the Russian-speaking community in Seattle and on the East Side. Julie Briskman and John Bogar read from the letters of Anton Chekhov and his wife and muse, Olga Knipper. Many of the guests commented that they wished the reading would go on! We ended the night with a vodka toast (za vas!) and said our goodbyes…for now.
(For those who don’t know, a zakuski is a traditional Russian cold appetizer table, with boiled potatoes, borscht, gherkins, caviar, pickled fish, black bread and, of course, ice-cold vodka. It’s the perfect backdrop to a low-key but festive and informative evening.)
Everyone had a wonderful time, and we thank our hosts the Staadeckers enthusiastically!