This year, the Seto leelo choir Helmekaala´ is operating their café on Kala Farm in Polovina Village.
The household is run by the descendants of the onetime mistress of the Kala Farm, the Helbi choir singer and killõ (high upper voice) and lead leelo singer Manni Kala. Manni’s daughter Lii and grand-daughter Mirja are also leelo singers.
According to Manni, this is how Helbi Choir came into existence: “Obinitsa naase' joba lauli'. Meil oll sis ka üts laulunaane ja tuu oll kuuldnu', õt nää' laulva'. Ja küüsse: "Naase', milles mii' naka-ai' laulma?" (Women in Obinitsa already had a leelo choir. We also had one leelo singer and she asked: Why don’t we sing yet? And so the choir was started.)
No doubt Manni is looking down, thrilled over the fact that once again leelo is being sung in Polovina, the women of Helmekaala’ are singing and her daughter Lii is leading the song.
In Russian, Polovina means “half of something”. Locals have a jocular explanation for the place name: on the road from Obinitsa to Petseri or on the return trip, half of the distilled spirits must to be left when arriving in Polovina. Whether you’re coming or going, and no matter where, whether half is left or it’s all gone, you can stop and replenish yourself at our café.
As always, we will serve good homemade food and beverages. And our fried Baltic herring is sure to be a success this year as well! Aidas kostikotusõ jooginukk ja joogipukk! Quality products will be available for takeaway purchase, and we also have a playground for children.
See you on Saturday, 15 August!
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Väike-Polovina talu, Polovina küla, Setomaa vald