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Russia Day June 12, 2012 in Auckland!

Rabbit Full Fur Russian Ushanka Hat - BrownThis 20th anniversary of Russia Day on Tuesday June 12, 2012, will be celebrated by many. Russian Standard Vodka will be bringing a slice of Moscow to No.1 Queen St with some free Fur Hats!

Russia Day is a national public holiday, similar to Independence Day in the United States, and marks the beginning of the democratic reforms in Russia that took place in the 1990s.

Festivities will be held on the day at No.1 Queen Street from 7am – 9am where there will be fur, snow and music to help Kiwis mark and take a moment to understand this special day for Russia.

On offer will be free Russian Shapkas (fur hats) and coffee to warm up Queen Street commuters on their way to work. A talented ice sculptor will be carving a replica of Moscow’s famous St Basil’s Cathedral in the foyer of No 1. Queen Street.

Dave Campbell from Russian Standard Vodka is looking forward to giving Kiwis the opportunity to experience a snapshot of Russia.

“Russia Day is a huge day for Russians and the Russian Standard brand and we commemorate the event every year. With winter looming we thought it would be great to bring the celebrations to Auckland.

“It’s not everyday you have the chance to watch someone create an ice sculpture and the reconstruction of Red Square’s St Basil’s promises to be impressive,” he adds.

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Library Hosting Event on Fur Trade History

Rabbit Full Fur Russian Ushanka HatEver wanted to learn how Fur Trading came to be.  Check out this wonderful article about fur hats and fur products.

“The Austin Public Library will travel back in time to the fur trading era this Thursday.

Ever been curious to know what it was like to be a fur trader? George Nelson, (played by a costumed interpreter from the Minnesota Historical Society), a fur trade clerk for the XY, North West, and Hudson Bay Companies, will show the route. He will explain the roles of traders, clerks, voyageurs, and Indian suppliers from the Great Lakes fur trade during his noon presentation. Nelson will delve into the economics of fur trading and the value of items like beaver pelts. This program is free and appropriate for all ages.

Later that night, the library, Minnesota Historical Society and Legacy Amendment will present Bob and Julie Walser’s Red River Dances. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre and showcases live music and dance of the people of the Upper-Midwest. Tickets to that event are $5 each or $10 per family.”

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