Poet Edith Södergran
Edith Södergran was a well-known Finnish poet who spent her summers in Raivola, now known as Roschino. She died there in 1923 and there is a monument to her in the memorial park.
She was born in St. Petersburg in 1892 whe she later studied German and wrote most of her poems in German.
She was recognized more after her death and could be considered of teh generation of Akhmatova, Mandelshtam, and Tsvetaeva but was not so well known in Russia or during her lifetime. She had tuberculosis at an early age and died at age 31in Roschino.
Her Roschino home was destroyed in WWII.
"The inner fire is the most important thing mankind possesses."
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World Village Festival
Folk groups from all over of Russia, and neighboring countries of Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Poland and Finland participate in the festival in August.
The festival re-creates many nations' old rites of ploughing, sowing, harvesting and other traditions, sacred dances, fortune-telling, and suchlike. One rite, of Central Russia, women started sowing. When the sown seed made neat, straight rows, it means a good harvest.
A picturesque procession to opens the festival. Several folk craft fairs, one of them, of folk crafts, will represent many parts of Russia. Another, Harvest Fair, gathers major government farms and small private farmers alike.
Highlighting the World Village usually is a grand round-dance and a gala concert, during which team and individual festival participants will receive prizes.
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Veteran's Memorial Park
In the center of town but hidden under trees by the bluffs. It is a nice area to sit and meditate. Behind the monumernt is green grass and trees and a favorite spot for locals to sit and have a picnic. You can see the Lakes from here and Edith Södergran Monuments are on the way.
Roschino was a key area in the Russian -Finland border disputes that continued into WWII as Finland sided with the Germans hoping to win areas they had lost.
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Raivola Larch Forest (Lintula)
The Raivola Larch Forest, is one of the most magnificent cultivated forests in northern Europe and it became part of the Unesco's World Heritage list in 1991.
The forest is 3 Kilometers from thecenter of Roschino and 63 km north-west of St Petersburg.
It was established in 1738 by order of Peter the Great to supply the Russian fleet with timber for shipbuilding.
Ferdinand Gabriel Fockel, a German forest expert, established the oldest stands in 1738–1750 with seed from the Province of Arkhangelsk.
Since then the area of the forest has expanded and now the total area of larch stands is 55.9 ha; 23.5 ha of the “old stands” established in 1738–1851 still remain.
The Lintula larch (Siberian Larch) stands were famous for their high yield and supplied wood for ship builidng since Peter the Great.
Here are some trees blowing in the wind in Summer:
Monument to Totti, honoring Finnish Poet Edith Södergran who spent her summers in Roschino and died there in 1923.
Totti was her favorite cat.
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