WHEN: April 28-30, 2017
WHERE: Lake Tombigbee Campgrounds, Livingston, TX
Our guests: Grigory Gladkov, Natalya Dudkina
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.
Group Registration & Campsite Reservation: Anna Frolov (832) 545-7225 or KSPsouth@gmail.com
Concert: Slava Nadvoretsky (713) 366-6687 or email@example.com
Volleyball: Andrey Bednov (409) 739-6364 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Kids & Teenagers Concerts: Lenya Zborovsky (832) 922-2292 or email@example.com
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 the campgrounds sections C and 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.
Tickets are $20 per person if purchased online ahead of time (internet sale closes at midnight the day before the event) and $30 if purchased at the gate. Children are free. Children 16 years old and above are considered adults.Please bring a paper copy of your e-ticket (internet on your phone might not work!) or have cash with you as we do not accept checks or credit cards.
What (general program overview):
Friday is the “move-in” day. After most people settle in, there will be a Guest Concert at 10 PM where participants have a chance to enjoy the works of festival invited guests from far away states and/or countries. On Saturday morning people who arrived the night before enjoy the outdoors and meet their neighbors, as others enjoy the yoga class on the lawn or continue arriving. Children’s Camp opens at noon offering fun active games. Also at noon adults are invited to participate in a friendly volleyball tournament or to play chess, checkers and dominoes in the pavilion. Usually, there is an additional activity for adults, different from slyot to slyot, organized during the day as well. The Children’s Concert begins at 2:30 PM where young talents get a chance to sing for us, followed by Russian Rock concert for teen and adults at 4:00PM. If you or your kids are interested in performing, please contact Leon Zborovsky (832-922-2292) before 2:00PM on Saturday. At 6:30PM we begin the main attraction of the festival, The Main concert. If you are interested in performing, please contact Slava Nadvoretsky (713-366-6687) before 3 PM on Saturday. It will consist of 2 parts, serious and funny, with a break for dinner, and will last approximately till midnight. After the concert everyone is invited to join one the circles 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 last few songs before leaving the festival. Sometimes, although rare, there are additional activities planned for Sunday late morning as well.
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 (please no drums).
How to reserve a campsite:
No reservation is required. Tickets will be sold online ahead of time or at the gate (see above). If you come alone or with a friend or two, we will let you know at the gate where you can set up your tent. We designated an International campsite for those non-Russian speakers coming for the first time, so you could find each other if needed – it is on the edge of the campgrounds. However, most non-Russian speakers that attend our festivals seem to choose to be in the middle of all the action, and we do not mind. Just mention at the gate where you prefer to camp.
It is recommended, however, to groups of 3+ tents to make a campsite reservation. To do so, please send the name of your group (come up with a fun name), expected number of tents, the preferred location (quiet/singing zone), and name/cell phone number of personal responsible for the group to KSPsouth@gmail.com. If your group attends multiple times, you will be given an option to reserve a permanent location. Please do not hesitate to email or call Anna: 832-545-7225 (leave msg, she will call you back) with any questions regarding campsite reservations.
- No stereos, karaoke equipment, or amplifiers of any kind will be allowed.
- Parents are responsible for watching their children on or near the moonwalk.
- All participants must wear tickets-bracelets purchased at the gate
- Children should wear bracelets with campsite number.
- Dogs must be ALWAYS leashed or tied off. No dogs near the stage.
- We strongly recommend taking all glass containers with you when you leave the festival.
- No swimming after 8 PM
- Driving vehicles into the woods is not allowed. Please park you cars alongside of the road.
- Please leave your campsite clean.
- Speed limit on the campground is 20 MPH
- Request to concert audience: please refrain from smoking in the middle of the crowd, step aside out of respect to others.
- Parents are asked to keep the children away from the stage during the concerts
- Dogs are not allowed near the concert stage and we respectfully request that you do not bring them to the concert area if possible.
- If someone is violating one of the rules, the sheriff will be called after the second warning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.