Twinkling lights, minarets gleaming in the moonlight and elegant Christmas décor greeted IVC Detroit members & guests as they strolled along the gated walkway of the Royal Eagle Restaurant on the grounds of St Sabbas Orthodox Monastery. Welcoming attendees at the door were staff donning embroidered gowns and vintage crescent headdresses. This intriguing setting was the scenery of IVC’s SOLD OUT yuletide dinner on Tuesday evening December 6th celebrating Russia. On display at the Royal Eagle are antique silver samovars along with portraits of the Romanovs. Many IVC guests including Japan’s Consul General Matsuda and his wife Baoko, Crain’s Mary Kramer with attorney William Volz and Patrick Kerzic & Stephanie Germack Kerzic were delighted to discover this unique venue unknown to them prior to IVC Detroit‘s cultural dinner. Margaret Dobrowitsky and her guests along with Wyatt Sweeney‘s guests were duly impressed with the ambience & Russian cuisine featuring caviar, Russian breads, Ukrainian borscht, stroganoff and delicious apple strudel. Bev & Tony Fritz encouraged their guests Gloria & Ed Freeland to tour the Monastery after dinner guided by the charismatic Abbott who gave a history and explanation of the icons housed in the vault of the Monastery. Py & Jim Wolfe celebrated an early Christmas attending the event along with Judy Kebl, Russian interpreter Irina Jesionowski, Sheryl Kammer (IVC‘s “official photographer” for the event), Bobbie Chapman and Martha Neumann, DTE’s Karen Mitchell, Dianne Healy-Clauss & Carey Chappel, and Joan & Dan Haddad. Many thanks to Board Members: Fern Espino, Connie Hogan, Lady Susan Willis-Reickert, Rona Lum, Sophia Ellis, Fouad Ashkar, Barb Browne, & Gary Marcicano for supporting IVC’s yuletide cultural dinner.