Diverse Columbia is a good place for International Day

A showcase of the world's music, dance and food

Family: events, activities

July 22, 2004|By Lori Sears | Lori Sears,SUN STAFF

Celebrate diversity at the 10th annual Columbia International Day at the town's lakefront Saturday.

The daylong event around Lake Kittamaqundi features live music and dance performances, crafts, food and more, all from a variety of world cultures.

"Columbia is a very diverse area. And diversity is something that was part of Columbia's vision," says Keisha Reynolds, the Columbia Association's manager of community relations. "That's one of the things we'd like to always celebrate in Columbia. [The event] is a great place to commune and learn about one another. It's a one-stop sampling of all the cultures."

The celebration will run from noon to 11 p.m., with kids' activities from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Kids can play games, attempt the climbing wall, take a juggling workshop, hop around the moon bounce and meet Pinkerton the Pink Flamingo. The little ones can also enjoy face painting, a maze and craft activities.

Live entertainment from around the globe kicks off at noon with the Trinidad and Tobago Steel Orchestra. At 1 p.m., there will be Korean dance. At 1:40 p.m., Jewish soul band Charm City Klezmer performs. At 3 p.m., Native-American music-and-dance group Eagle Warrior performs. And the Brunos sing old and new French songs at 4:30 p.m.

At 5:30 p.m., Rhumba Club presents a Latin-jazz show. At 6:30 p.m., funny Irishman Seamus Kennedy sings and plays guitar. Latin musicians Solazo perform at 7:30 p.m. The McKrells, a Celtic/Irish, folk/pop group, sings at 8:30 p.m. And the Junkyard Saints offer their roots party music, zydeco, blues and funk at 9:30 p.m.

The Sister Cities International booth will have information on the program. Linking American and worldwide communities, the Sister Cities program began in 1956 after President Eisenhower proposed the citizen-diplomacy initiative. Columbia's sister cities in Europe are Cergy-Pontoise, France, and Tres Cantos, Spain. There will be a Sister Cities presentation at 4 p.m.

"It's a great day for friends and neighbors to get together and have fun," says Reynolds. "It's a little bit of everything for everyone."

Columbia International Day runs from noon to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Columbia Town Center lakefront, off Little Patuxent Parkway across from the mall. Free. Call 410-715-3161.

For more family events, see Page 33.

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