November 11, 2017 - Pine Island, New York - 250th Anniversary of Yagodnaya Polyana

Celebrating the 250th Anniversary of the Founding
of the Volga German Colony of
Yagodnaya Polyana

Saturday, 11 November 2017 (tentative)
Pine Island (Warwick), New York

The Volga German colony of Yagodnaya Polyana was founded on 16 September 1767, and we are celebrating the 250th Anniversary in 2017!  Immigration from Russia to North America began in 1874, and shortly thereafter, families from Yagodnaya Polyana began to settle in and around Pine Island, New York.  They decided to form a congregation and in 1901 built St. Peter's Lutheran Church on Little York Road.

St. Peter's Lutheran Church holds an annual Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner each fall.  For 2017, this event has been tentatively scheduled for Saturday, November 11th.  Dr. Brent Mai, Director of the Volga German Institute at Fairfield University will the featured speaker at the event.

The public is invited to attend.


Registration information will be posted as soon as it is available.


The Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner will be held at St. Peter's Lutheran Church.


70 Little York Road
Warwick, New York 10090
Telephone: 845.258.4541


Parking: free on-site parking.


Dr. Brent Mai


Speaker for the evening will be Dr. Brent Mai.  Dr. Mai serves as the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, where he also leads the Volga German Institute.  Dr. Mai has spoken world-wide on many topics related to Volga German history and culture, authored dozens of articles and several books, and translated hundreds of documents. Dr. Mai, whose father's side is Volga German, grew up in Western Kansas, graduated from Bethany College in Lindsborg, and continued graduate studies at George Washington University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Vanderbilt University. He came to Fairfield from Concordia University in Portland, Oregon, where he had been the founding director of the Center for Volga German Studies.



Area Hotels

The following hotels are located near Pine Island.

Sleepy Valley Inn

117 Sleepy Valley Rd.
Warwick, NY 10990

Warwick Motel & Suites

1 Overlook Dr. (Rt. 17a)
Warwick, NY 10990