MAILED: Oct. 22, 2001
EAU CLAIRE — Students, faculty,
staff and community members can travel all over the world without having to
leave Eau Claire at this year’s International Folk Fair being held from noon
to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in Davies Center.
The fair, which is coordinated by the Center for
International Education, will include representation from over 30 countries,
ethnic groups and organizations from UW-Eau Claire and the community.
Groups will display clothing, arts and crafts, and
provide music, videos or live demonstrations of everything from Mexican dancing
to a Japanese tea ceremony. Visitors can sample a wide variety of ethnic foods,
from bohemian kolaches (fruit pastries) to Brazilian coxinha (chicken snacks),
and meet and talk with international students to learn about Native American
beadwork, Hmong history, the Jewish Passover, and the Chinese New Year.
Fair participants will be given “passports” to be
stamped at each country they visit. For every seven countries visited, guests
will receive a ticket for a drawing of prizes donated by local businesses. The
drawing for prizes will be at 3:30 p.m. in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.
The entertainment stage in the Tamarack Room of Davies
Theatre also will host a variety of performers from 12:10 to 3:30 p.m.
Performances will feature Japanese music, Native Latino music and dance,
Bulgarian folk music and dance and African drummers. Saharan Nights, a six-piece
classic Arabic band from Minneapolis will perform from 1 to 1:45 p.m. More
ethnic music will be featured in the Skylight Lounge, including Bohemian, Czech
and Polish accordion music and a Caribbean duo from Minneapolis.
The fair is free and open to the public. For more
information, contact the Center for International Education at (715) 836-4411.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Oct. 22, 2001