Monday, October 29, 2007
I attend the opening ceremony of Russian exchange students' visit to Amherst
Toiny Kurnova (left) and Rita Kalamaeva,students from Petrozavodsk Gymnazia #17.
Turned the heat on today for the first time this season. (I know a lot of stalwarts wouldn't even think about doing that yet.) I wasn't looking forward to going out in the cold again, but I had a fine time attending an opening ceremony marking a month-long visit to Amherst by 14 Russian exchange students.
Amherst Regional High School Russian Club Chorus sings some Russian songs.
Anna Fedotova on right, one of two teachers from Russia on trip.
Katya Gribkova gives Sasha Rivera, president of the ARHS Russian Club, a Russian doll.
Tommy Benfey, on guitar, and Cecilia Darby sing a Russian song.
Yulian Makarov is looking forward to visiting New York City. What does he want to see? "Skyscrapers, of course," he said.
James Abdow, an ARHS 11th grader, was taking photos for the school paper, The Graphic. I asked him if I could take his picture. He said OK, if he could take mine. Very clever.