Old Home Week in Moscow
10th-16th August 2008
Thanks to the publicity given to the matter in December and March by Wooster
Sauce and Plum Lines, the whole world today knows that The Russian Wodehouse
Society (TRWS) has taken the initiative to host "Old Home Week" in Moscow. We
are glad to inform our friends Wodehouseans that the dates of the "Old Home
Week in Moscow" have already been settled for 10th-16th August 2008.
We appreciate the expressions of interest in the event from the members of
different Wodehouse societies, and are glad to say that the number of those
interested is quite sufficient to have no doubts that the dream of the
international Wodehousean gathering in Moscow shall come true. Meanwhile, we
encourage other Wodehouseans to contact us, as we are still open to receive
Very few people (with the exception of those who have been reading Masha
Lebedeva's series on the Russian references in Wodehouse) are aware how strong
Plum's connection to Russia is. In August you can see it yourself. The "Old
Home Week in Moscow" programme includes visits to the Kremlin (though we will
not meet the big shots who reside there) and the palatial Tsaritsyno (the
would-be Moscow residence of the Russian empress Catherine the Great); Moscow
sightseeing bus tour, as well as walks around Moscow with visits to L.
Tolstoy's Museum-Estate Khamovniki and F. Chaliapin's House-Museum, where
these Great Russians once lived and worked. You shall have a unique
opportunity to compare Blanding's castle with Moscow country estates - A.
Chekhov's Literary and Memorial Museum (Melikhovo) and the country-mansion of
the famous Russian poet Lermontov (Serednikovo). Should you feel apprehensive
of Russian literary heritage being a bit dull, it may cheer you up to learn
that sporting and relaxing activities will miraculously compensate for
whatever momentary intellectual anguish you may experience during these
otherwise gripping and wholesome excursions.
THE OLD HOME WEEK IN MOSCOW: Programme
Afternoon: Arrival and Registration.
Evening: Welcome Dinner
Morning: Visit to Moscow Kremlin and Armoury.
Afternoon: Visit to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Moskva-river boat-trip
Morning: Moscow sightseeing bus tour
Afternoon: Walking tour of Moscow, F. Chaliapin House-Museum
Morning: L. Tolstoy Museum-Estate "Khamovniki"
Afternoon: Mini-golf tournament
Day trip to Serednikovo country-mansion
Day trip to A. Chekhov's Melikhovo Museum
Morning: Tsaritsyno park
Evening: Farewell Dinner
Photos from Welcome Dinner
Photos from Mini-golf tournament
Photoset by Susan Brokaw
Photoset by Jelle Otten
Photoset by Masha Lebedeva (1)
Photoset by Masha Lebedeva (2)
Photoset by Marie Lasson
Report by Dirk Wonnell
Report by Hubert Lasson
Report by Jelle Otten
What Ho, Comrade! by Susan Brokaw (from Plum Lines)
Reports in Russian
Programme in Russian (pdf)