International Festival to be at Blount County Library

An international festival, "Come Together @ your Library®--Blount County: Many Faces, One Community," will be held at the Blount County Public Library on Saturday, March 3. Signifying the Scots-Irish ancestry of many Blount County natives, bagpipers will open the festivities by marching across the Greenbelt Pedestrian Bridge to the library at 10 a.m.

Throughout the day, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Blount County residents representing many nationalities will present multicultural programs. These will include speakers describing many diverse national traditions, a special procession featuring Traditional Attire of Nations, music, dancing, exhibits, storytelling, a puppet show, crafts, and children’s activities.

A "Taste of Many Nations" sampler plate of foods from many cultures will also be available for sale at the library’s Bookmark Café.

Programs in the Reading Rotunda and Central Gallery of the library will be:

  • 10:30 a.m. - Maryville College Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, directed by Larry Ervin, is a multicultural choir from the college who perform throughout the year for many community functions.
  • 11:30 a.m. - Japanese Martial Arts Demonstration,
  • 12:30 p.m. - Folk Dance Demonstration of many Nations by the Davies family will feature folk dances of Japan, Mexico, Romania and the Virginia Reel of the United States and then will invite the audience to participate.
  • 1:30 p.m. - Traditional Attire of Nations Procession, featuring individuals wearing attire representing these countries:
    South Korea,
    Latin America
  • 2:30 p.m. - Latin Dance by Fiesta Ritmo will feature Edwar Avila who will demonstrate Latin dances and then will teach people in the audience the dances so that they can dance along.
  • 3:30 p.m. - Maryville College International Student Presentation of these countries representing South Korea by Kee Hyun Park (Munez) Sudan by Angelo Mangok
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Face Painting (full faces of children painted) by Faces Gone Wild and Making Faces.
    Programs in the Dorothy Herron Meeting Rooms will be
  • 11a.m. - "Postmarked Blount County," a presentation by Barry VanWinkle describing the role of early postal services in East Tennessee in providing communication between Blount County and other parts of the state and nation. VanWinkle, a philatelist, will have numerous postmarked pieces of correspondence which outline some of the early history of this region.
  • 12 noon Russian Heritage of Blount County by the Blount County Sister Cities Organization will describe the history of Blount County’s involvement with Russia and the diversity of the Russian culture.
  • 1 p.m. - Afghani Heritage by Shokrieh Rezabaksh,
  • 2 p.m. - Japanese Origami Workshop will be conducted by community volunteers, with supplies donated by the Kumon Center, so that audience can create origami take-home crafts,
  • 3 p.m. - Japanese Calligraphy Workshop will be demonstrated by community volunteers, and the Kumon Center will donate calligraphy supplies so that the audience can practice Japanese calligraphy,
  • 4 p.m. - African-American Heritage in Blount County will be discussed by Shirley Carr Clowney with a historic presentation, slides, photographs and posters.
    Throughout the day, programs and activities for children will take place in the Children’s Library Reading Pond:
  • 11 a.m. - Native American Folktales by Faye Wooden,
  • 12 noon - Puppet Show, "A Great Place to be Together" is an original puppet show written just for presentation at this international festival by Blount County Public Library staff recounting stories of some of the background heritage of Blount

County settlers, and the Children’s Library staff will also be reading stories for children.

  • 1 p.m. - International Story Hour by students from Maryville High School and Maryville College will be a variety of stories, many of which will be presented bilingually.
  • 3 p.m. - Spanish Story Hour will be stories read by community volunteers in Spanish and English and will include children’s crafts.
  • 4 p.m. - Japanese Story Hour will be stories read by community volunteers in Japanese and English and will include children’s crafts.

International Exhibits from around the world will be on display throughout the library. These exhibits will be on display for two days, Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3. On March 2, approximately 500 fifth graders from schools in Blount County will visit the exhibits at the library. On March 3, all exhibits and programs will be open to the general public. Exhibits will include these items:

  • Japanese dolls and artifacts by Sarah Bollschweiler,
  • Chinese artifacts and photographs by Ann and David Wilson,
  • Crafts by Dionsela Brown,
  • Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee display,
  • Native American lodge and artifacts by Loretta Howard,
  • Native American crafts by the Yellow Eagles,
  • Sequoyah Museum display,
  • African-American artifacts by Rosa Tellis,
  • Russian exhibits by Blount County Sister City Organization,
  • European exhibit,
  • Zealand artifacts by Kathleen Christy,
  • Scots-Irish in Blount County by the Blount County Genealogical and Historical Society,
  • Display of Photographs of Blount County residents with Middle Eastern ancestry and their professions by Ann Brunger,
  • Middle East as the origin of three main monotheistic faiths by Ann Brunger,
  • France by Teen Advisory Board for the Blount County Public Library,
  • Germany by Teen Advisory Board for the Blount County Public Library,
  • by Teen Advisory Board for the Blount County Public Library.

These programs are free and open to the public. The Blount County Public Library is located at 508 N. Cusick Street, Maryville.

For further information about other library programs or services, call the library at 865-982-0981 or visit the Web site at

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