"Island in the ice"
Last week, our second project this year was completed - the winter project "Island in Ice"
It's easy to guess from the name exactly where the project took place - by itself, on the island. And what is the largest island on Lake Baikal? - Of course, Olkhon.
Our volunteers spent more than a week in the village of Khuzhir on March Olkhon, where they managed to enjoy the winter Baikal beauty in plenty (yes, winter is still at the beginning of March on Baikal!) And work hard for fame.
The guys participated in the preparation of the Blue Ice Classical Music Festival, which has been organized by its inhabitants on the island for several years, and where musicians from different regions of our country gather. One of the features of the festival is that part of the performances takes place directly on the ice of Lake Baikal. Volunteers built a platform for artists (shovels, brooms, chisels, saws and neatly cut bricks of Baikal ice were used), and then helped organize the performances themselves.
On other working volunteer workdays, the friendly BBT team, led by masters Danil and Lena, was engaged in wall decoration at a local comprehensive school, and also took part in painting the music school (volunteers from our other winter project started repairing it a year ago). And the guys devoted the last working day to the repair of the music hall in Nikita Bencharov's Estate - they painted the walls, floor and even the ceiling. We are sure that more than one village event will take place in the renovated hall and more than a dozen local residents and guests of the island will gather for a pleasant occasion.
On the day off, volunteers visited the northern part of Olkhon. We admired the stunning transparent turquoise ice, were able to explore the mysterious grottoes, which are difficult to get to most of the year, heard the legends of the island of Olkhon and Cossack songs, saw the majestic cape Khoboy "from the water" (more precisely, from the ice of the lake).
Once after work, the guys went on a hike to check how the Second Key spring, which was cleared by our volunteers and residents of Khuzhir last fall, is doing in the forest outside the village. Klyuchik feels great, and BBT, as part of winter projects, is developing an information stand on how important it is to keep springs.
In general, the BBT project "Island in the Ice" went well - both the volunteers and the organizers were satisfied, happy, impressed by the beauty of winter Baikal and each other. 18 volunteers took part.
Many thanks to the entire staff of the Manor Nikita Bencharov, who warmly received our team! Special thanks to her hospitable owners Nikita and Natalya Bencharov and talented masters Danil and Lena for their attention and help in organizing work and leisure on the project.
The project was supported by the Presidential Grants Fund.
Photo: Artyom Bril, Nadezhda Zanosova, Natalia Tugutkhonova