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An Evening with
Kashaya and Russian Cultures

Saturday, June 30, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
at the Gualala Arts Center


Consul General of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vinokurov visiting the Kashaya Strawberry Festival
Consul General of the Russian Federation Vladimir Vinokurov visiting the Kashaya Strawberry Festival

Join us on June 30, for a Kashaya benefit to build a travel fund to go to Russia, the homeland of the founders of Fort Ross.

Fort Ross was established 200 years ago on Kashaya Pomo ancestral land. The evening will honor the peaceful and harmonious thirty year (1812 - 1842) relationship between the Kashaya and the Russians.

  • Savor a dinner created by the Kashaya, the Russian Consul General of San Francisco and Gualala Arts' own Culinary Guild.

  • Listen to a consummate story-teller, a Pomo matriarch, share Kashaya oral history which goes back to Fort Ross days.

  • Bid in an auction featuring local arts and crafts honoring the Kashaya tradition and a special Fort Ross visit.

Enjoy an informative and stimulating evening and donate to help create this historic journey. The itinerary includes St. Petersburg, Moscow and Tot'ma. The Kunstkammer Museum in St. Petersburg proudly displays priceless, ancient Pomo Kashaya artifacts. Tot'ma is the historic starting place of expeditions to North America for trade and exploration. It is also the birthplace of Ivan Kuskov, founder of Fort Ross. Symbolically, this trip "completes a circle."

Gualala Arts is proud to be a part of this unique adventure, which extends across cultures and continents and promotes our common humanity and international understanding.

Those wishing to make a tax deductible donation to support the cultural exchange can make checks out to "The Sea Ranch Foundation." Enter "Kashaya" in the memo and drop them off at the Arts Center office or mail to

The Sea Ranch Foundation
PO Box 58
The Sea Ranch, CA 95497
A reservation for the fundraising dinner is $25, and can be made online at Brown Paper Tickets (BPT), by calling BPT at 1-800-838-3006, or in person by visiting the Gualala Arts Center.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

Serving the coastal communities of northern Sonoma & southern Mendocino Counties.