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 childrens activities.
A "Taste of Many Nations" sampler plate of foods from many cultures will also be available for sale at the librarys Bookmark Café.
Programs in the Reading Rotunda and Central Gallery of the library
- 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
- 1:30 p.m. - Traditional Attire of Nations Procession, featuring
individuals wearing attire representing these countries:
- 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
Countys involvement with Russia and the diversity of the Russian
- 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 Childrens 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 Childrens 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 childrens
- 4 p.m. - Japanese Story Hour will be stories read by community volunteers in Japanese and English and will include childrens 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
- 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
- France by Teen Advisory Board for the Blount County Public
- Germany by Teen Advisory Board for the Blount County Public
- 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 www.blountlibrary.org.
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