Ruskoka e-letter
Ruskoka Orthodox Retreat
January 2005

You are receiving this e-letter because we think you may be interested in hearing news about Ruskoka, a Russian Orthodox camp 200 kms north of Toronto in the Muskoka recreational region of Ontario. See our site at for information on who we are and our activities. We hope you find the e-letter to be a fun and valuable resource that keeps you connected to this unique natural playground and retreat.
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Dear friends!
We at Ruskoka greet you with the Feast of the Nativity of Christ and would like to wish you a happy and prosperous New Year! Thank you for your support and interest in the past. We hope that you will continue to help us in our work in 2005.
Fourth Annual Ruskoka Winter Ball, February 25, 2005
Who can forget last winter's magical Masked Ball? On February 25, 2005 we will be back at the dazzling Moonlight Ballroom with a tantalizing new theme. We will also be unveiling the design for the new Ruskoka chapel dedicated to our patron saint, St. Alexis the Royal Martyr. Here's what you need to know:

Ruskoka invites you to


Рускока Вас приглашает на



Friday, February 25th, 2005 / в пятницу, 25-го февраля, 2005 г.


3125 Bayview Avenue, Toronto


Celebrate 300 years since Peter the Great unfurled the tricolour around the world – wear any of the colours of the Russian flag!

В честь утверждения трехцветного русского флага 300 лет тому назад указом Петра Великого, включите один из цветов флага в Ваш бальный наряд!   

Cocktails at 6:30 pm, Dinner at 7:30 pm / Orchestra, Performers, Silent Auction and Cash Bar/ Black Tie optional

Kоктейли в 18.30 часов, ужин в 19.30 часов / Оркестр, программа, аукцион и бар / Вечерний туалет


Tickets $65, youth 18 and under $55 / Tables of 8-10 – $5 discount per ticket

Билеты $65, молодёжь до 18-ти лет $55 / Столам от 8-10 человек – скидка $5 c каждого билета


George Skok  416-483-2441 [email protected]

Marina Sakuta 416-487-2993

Victor Axon   416-503-3112 [email protected]

Sasha Lapina [email protected]

Look for more info on

Ruskoka Calendars
The famous Ruskoka Calendar, 2005 edition, has been published! It contains civil and church holiday dates, and features Ruskoka camp dates and beautiful photographs of Ruskoka and its participants. Calendars are available from any Ruskoka contact and at Russian church kiosks for the modest price of $12. They make great gifts and work with any home or office decorating scheme!
Website updates
Please check in on the Ruskoka website for recent updates - the photo gallery now inlcudes many, many photos from the 2004 summer camp. Relive those great memories!
Report on the Valaam Choral Ensemble Concert, November 30
As most of you know, the Valaam Ensemble presented a magical concert of liturgical and folk music on Nov. 30th. The evening was a huge success, both artistically and financially, with a full house at Christ Church Deer Park. Over $4700 was raised for Ruskoka. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped sell tickets and run the event!
See you in Ruskoka!


Upcoming events

Winter and Summer 2005



Feb 25

The White, Blue and Red Ball

Mar 12-13  

Winter Retreat

July 15-17

Family Weekend and dedication by Bishop Gabriel of the St. Alexis Chapel

Jul 31-Aug 13

Camping for Teens