Golden Gates in Port Clinton, Ohio visiting with friends from Rotary Club and Fun at Cedar Point

from Port Clinton, Ohio USA

My name is Richard Renn and my wife Elaine and I today, are hosting a Russian dance troupe from St. Petersburg, Russia. Tonight will be their third day with us before they travel to Cleveland, Ohio in the morning. Vitaliy Bezrodnov is the leader and he has three young men and three young women with him.

Vitaliy and “Sam” were in Port Clinton a few years back when they entertained our Port Clinton Rotary Club. Vitaliy‘s troupe also had entertained at a different time, a local church congregation of Firelands Presbyterian Church and a large crowd at the Lakeside Association, a summer retreat community for Methodists (East Ohio United Methodist Conference).

On Monday, the 20th, these gifted dancers performed for a large crowd at the Port Clinton Yacht Club, then, on Tuesday, they danced for our Rotary Club. Today, the 22nd, they are enjoying a day at one of the world’s great amusement parks, CEDAR POINT, some 18 miles from our home.

What a joy it is to host these young foreign nationals who have made it their mission to introduce and reintroduce Russian folk dancing from over one thousand years to American audiences whom have never seen this art form for themselves in Russia. My wife and I were in St. Petersburgin 1993 and saw a folk dance recital. We are still excited every time we have the opportunity to see these wonderful dances performed. These talented student dancers with us this week are perfect examples of what good “cultural exchanges” do for all citizens of every country. Vitaliy mentioned that an American children choir from Cleveland, Ohio “Singing Angels” performed in St. Petersburg in the Summer of 2010. Vitaliy was a facilitator for their program and Activities in Russia.

So, Elaine and I compliment everyone in St. Petersburg for their efforts to bring Russian historical dance to American audiences of all ages. We thank Vitaliy, Sam and other kids for all their hard work!

Richard Renn


Port Clinton Rotary Club



Mahoosuc Arts Council Brings Multicultural Experience to the Bethel, Maine. Jan 4-5, 2012

January 4 and 5 of 2012 Mahoosuc Arts Council is bringing Golden Gates for the performances at the Middle and High Schools for the Students and then, as part of  Performing Arts Series at the Bingham Auditorium, Gould Academy.

Because Golden Gates very much supported by the Rotary Clubs across United States, we hope to meet rotarians from Rotary Club of Bethel, Maine

Actually Golden Gates group was hosted by the All Saints Academy of Polk County, in Central Florida earlier this year (2011).

Came as friends! Were greeted as friends!

Everyday for a week: Classed and Workshops

Audience participation is big part of it.

Class visits, dialogs about differences in Culture, Talks about Traditions, History, Geography, Arts and Music etc.

Questions & Answers

Performance for the different grades followed by evening program open to the parents and general public.

Made new friends. Tough about Russian Culture, tradition, Music, Instruments etc.

And Learned about American Culture.






Don’t you think it’s a good program?

Golden Gates Booked at Brasstown, North Carolina – Feb 12, 2012

Looking forward to come back to the wonderfull Community of Brasstown, North Carolina.

Feb 12th, 2012 is the date. Concert going to be as usual around noon.

Thank you to the Brasstown Concert association, John C. Campbell Folk School and our old time friends Rose Marie & George Kelischek. All Artists that had chance to come to Brasstown had great time to learn about George and his company

George Demonstrating his instruments