MAILED: Oct. 20, 1997|
EAU CLAIRE -- Campus and community organizations will come together to showcase the culture and tradition of 26 countries and cultures at the annual International Folk Fair at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
From noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 2, Davies Center will house the fair, an event offering ethnic food, arts and crafts, language lessons, music and more.
"The fair will be an opportunity to experience a variety of activities as international students, ethnic groups and foreign language clubs share their knowledge," said Jean Peterson, acting foreign student adviser and co-coordinator for the fair.
Each participating organization will be located in different rooms and "passports" will be issued to fair-goers as they enter Davies Center. As visitors enter each room, their passports will be stamped. Those who obtain seven or more stamps will be eligible to enter a prize drawing. Prizes have been donated by many Eau Claire area businesses, said Fay Bobb, program assistant in the Center for International Education.
For fair-goers interested in learning more about the Baltic States and Poland, students from these countries will teach a Latvian dance and offer language lessons. A Baltic coffee shop will feature Estonian barleybread, Latvian apple bread and Lithuanian cranberry drink. Tea and samples of national dishes will be offered.
Students from Mexico will share maps, photos, banners and tourist information from their country. Visitors will be able to taste and buy Mexican food and beverages. Information about "Dia del Muerto" (Day of the Dead), which is observed Nov. 2, also will be shared.
Georgian students will share a short film about their country and assist participants in browsing Georgian sites on the Internet. Printed information including maps, a history of the country and recipes for authentic Georgian cuisine will be offered. Georgian foods will be available for tasting.
In the East Blugold Room, a main stage will showcase a variety of entertainment throughout the day. Las Comadres will perform music, poetry and dances of Latin America. The group will use a variety of instruments such as the Andean sikus, the Venezuelan cuatro, the Central American marimba and many others.
Greenwood Tree, a folk music duo from Minneapolis, will perform music from Ireland, Scotland, England, Scandinavia, Appalachia, New England and more. Performers will play many folk instruments including the hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, pennywhistle and mandolin. The New Generation Hmong Childrens' Choir also will perform.
In the past, the fair has drawn many people to the university to take advantage of the unusual opportunity to experience other cultures.
Admission to the fair is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Peterson at the UW-Eau Claire Center for International Education at (715) 836-4411.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 20, 1997