24th Russian Song Festival – KSP

WHEN: April 24 – 26, 2015

WHERE: Lake Tombigbee Campgrounds, Livingston, TX

ADMISSION: $20.00

KSP
Our guests: Galina Khomchik, Alexey Kudryavtsev, Elena Lebedeva

KSP-South is a group of enthusiastic people that organizes biannual gatherings called Slyots (literally translated as “fly-ins”) and helps unite all Russian-speaking people who enjoy the Russian style of camping.

KSP in translation stands for the Club of Amateur Song. These songs are usually written by average people about their ordinary lives, yet the simple human experience of each song is translated into a powerful message of wisdom and truth, about the value of friendship, family, and love.

Slyots of KSP-South are held twice a year, and organizers try very hard to make everyone feel welcome, even those whose song selection varies slightly from the traditional KSP style. By bringing together the Russian speaking community, KSP-South not only allows them to experience their culture, but also to expose their spouses, children and friends to this beautiful Russian tradition.

With questions write to us at KSPsouth@gmail.com or call at 713-395-3301. Also, if you (or someone you know) would like to receive email reminders from us regarding KSP events, please let us know.

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Useful Contacts:

Group Registration & Campsite Reservation: Anna Frolov (832) 545-7225 or KSPsouth@gmail.com
Concert: Slava Nadvoretsky (713) 366-6687 or slavanad@gmail.com
Volleyball: Andrey Bednov (409) 739-6364 or aabednov@yahoo.com
Kids & Teenagers Concerts: Lenya Zborovsky (832) 922-2292 or theleonz@yahoo.com

Where:

Over and over again we are being welcomed by the Alabama-Coushatta tribe at their wonderful campground near Livingston, TX. It is located off US-190E, about 70 miles (from downtown) north of Houston (via I-59). As always, we will be occupying Section D. Amenities include: public bathrooms and showers, Laundromat is within a 3 minute drive, fire rings and charcoal grills, water, volleyball court, covered pavilion and a playground next to the beautiful lake in the pine forest.

How much:

Tickets are $20 per person. This includes camping in section D of the campground and participation in the festival. Price is the same for those camping both nights, only one night, or not camping at all, therefore we recommend that you take full advantage of all the activities at the festival. Children 15 and under do not need a ticket. Please have cash with you as we do not accept checks or credit cards.

What:

Friday is the “move-in” day. After most people settle in, there will be a Guest Concert at 9:30PM where participants can listen to singing abd poetry of the invited guests from far away states. On Saturday morning people who arrived the night before enjoy the outdoors and meet their neighbors, as others continue arriving. Children’s Camp opens at 12:30 offering fun, active games. At 1PM adults are invited to participate in a friendly volleyball tournament or to play chess, checkers and dominoes in the pavilion. The Children’s Concert begins at 3PM where young talents get a chance to sing for us, followed by a russian rock concert for teens and adults. At 5:30PM we begin the main attraction of the festival, The Concert. If you are interested in performing, please contact Slava Nadvoretsky (713-366-6687) before 2PM on Saturday. It will consist of 2 parts with a break for dinner, and will last approximately till midnight. After the concert everyone is invited to join the circle of friends around the campfires for more songs. There will be marked (on the map) locations as well as those that appear unplanned but nevertheless very much appreciated. Sunday is the “move-out” day, as people exchange contact information and sing the last few songs before leaving the festival.

What to bring:

  • Folding chairs or mats for the concerts.
  • Camping equipment: tents, mattresses, sleeping bags, pots and pans, flashlights, lanterns, charcoal, plates, cups and utensils.
  • Food and drinks. Warning: Lake Tombigbee is located in Dry County, so liquor stores (including stores selling beer) are far away from the campground.
  • Most importantly, SONGS, GUITARS and other musical instruments.

How:

No registration is required. Tickets will be sold at the gate. It is recommended, however, for groups of 3+ tents to make a reservation. To do so, please send the name of your group, expected number of people/tents and the preferred location (quiet/singing zone) to KSPsouth@gmail.com. Non-Russian speakers are invited to join the International campsite. Just email us or simply mention at the gate that you prefer to camp there (space is limited). You can contact our hosts at (800) 926-9038, but DO NOT try to make reservations with them as we have pre-purchased the entire section.

Rules:

  1. Dogs must be ALWAYS be leashed or tied off. No dogs near the stage.
  2. Sheriff will be called after the second warning.
  3. Speed limit on the campground is 20 MPH.
  4. Parents are asked to keep the children away from the stage during The Concert.
  5. No swimming after 8PM.
  6. No stereos, karaoke equipment, or amplifiers of any kind will be allowed.
  7. Please take all glass containers with you when leaving the festival.
  8. Please leave your campsite clean.

Directions:

Houston:
Take US-59 N. Exit “Livingston/Woodville” (67 miles from 610 loop), turn right on US-190. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is 1 hour 45 min.

Dallas:
Take I-45 S. Exit US-190E exit 116 (168 miles from US75S), turn left on US-190 and drive 44 miles to Livingston, TX. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is less than 4 hours.

San Antonio:
Take I-10 to Houston (188 miles), then US-59 N. Exit “Livingston/Woodville” (67 miles from 610 loop), turn right on US-190. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is 4.5 hours.

Austin:
Take TX 71 E (84 miles), then I-10 E to Houston (66 miles), then US-59 N. Exit “Livingston/Woodville” (67 miles from 610 loop), turn right on US-190. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is 4.5 hours.

Bryan:
Take TX-21 E (37 miles), then right on I-45 S. Exit US-190E exit 116 (26 miles from TX-21), turn left on US-190 and drive 44 miles to Livingston, TX. Drive through the town. About 3 miles further you will see the entrance to the Alabama-Coushatta campgrounds (Park Road 56). Driving time from the center of the city is less 2.5 hours.

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