The Romanovs were the most powerful European dynasty in modern times, ruling a vast empire for over three centuries. Their reign saw some of history's most fascinating characters, including two called "Great": the visionary Peter and the complex, extraordinary Catherine. Imperial Russia gave us brilliant writers and composers and dancers, but also set the stage for devasting wars and revolution. We'll highlight some of the personalities and events of this remarkable culture. Expect stories of scandal, betrayal, and murder. After sampling Russian -inspired cuisine at lunch, we'll fashion felt matryoshka, paint miniature nutcrackers, decorate Faberge eggs, and even play a (much safer) version of Russian roulette!