Jambalaya Fest expected to draw 5,000

June 21, 1996|By Alisa Samuels | Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF

About 5,000 visitors from throughout the Baltimore-Washington area are expected for tomorrow's Maryland Jambalaya Fest at Lake Elkhorn in Columbia's Owen Brown village, an event intended to celebrate the diversity of people of African descent.

"Our mission is to educate people about the diversity of the community," said the festival's director, Pamela Woolford, editor-and-chief of Jambalaya Magazine, an African-American-oriented periodical published in Columbia with a circulation of 8,000.

The festival will feature ethnic foods, more than 70 vendors, museum exhibits, live musical performances, five workshops and a literary symposium, she said.

Among the participants are Baltimore surgeon Dr. Benjamin Carson, filmmaker Haile Gerima, who made the critically acclaimed "Sankofa," and poets and writers E. Ethelbert Miller and Lucille Clifton.

Though there is no admission fee to attend the outdoor events, a $2 registration fee is required to attend the workshops and the symposium at Loyola College's Columbia Center on Minstrel Way in east Columbia.

More information about the festival is available by calling Woolford at (410)-312-7972.

Pub Date: 6/21/96

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