Festival offers world of food, crafts


Have you ever eaten curried goat, pancit, oxtail stew, a mutton sandwich? Well, now is your chance.

Follow the Caribbean steel drum beat to this year's "International Festival . . . A Circle of Friends," at the New Windsor Service Center tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

More than 3,000 people from all parts of Maryland, the District of Columbia, Pennsylvania, Virginia and nearby states are expected to crowd the grounds of the 26-acre facility.

More than 30 booths will be set up for the third annual event to offer ethnic food, crafts and cultural information.

A miniature "trip around the world," the festival will allow guests to taste foods from 17 countries, see crafts from 12 vendors and visit the eight global assistance program booths that are the heart of the Service Center.

Admission is free.

Headlining the entertainment for the third year will be the Trinidad and Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra, known for its Caribbean steel drum music, and John McCruden, who plays Scottish bagpipes.

Newcomers include the Indonesian Embassy Dancers, which include Indonesian musicians and dancers; the Volta Ensemble from Ghana, West African musicians and dancers; and Puro Peru, a group that performs Peruvian music and dances.

Bill Jenkins will head the children's activities with his "World of Music." Children can choose from instruments made and used in other countries to learn how to play, and then use that instrument in a children's orchestra.

An ethnic "clothes closet" will provide clothing from other countries to transform children. There will be goat-milking, cow-painting (on a wooden cow), hay wagon rides and festival button-making.

Taste-testing of goat milk cheese, goat milk fudge and sheep milk yogurt will take place in the barn.

At the computer center, another exhibit will enable participants to punch up a foreign country and learn its demographics.

For the geographical scavenger hunt, children will be given a questionnaire and must find the answer by using computers, maps and other items on the festival grounds. Every hour, a quiz will be pulled, and if a child has the answers correct, a prize will be awarded. Prizes were donated by businesses at the Service Center, local merchants and the National Geographic Society.

The festival was started "to talk about the diversity of people's cultures, and to celebrate the diversity of the multicultural community that we have contact with," said Terri Meushaw, the conference center director.

The global assistance booths sponsored by the New Windsor Service Center include the SERRV International Gift Shop, which sells crafts made in more than 40 countries; Heifer Project International, which provides animals, materials and assistance to farmers worldwide; the Refugee Resettlement Program; Interchurch Medical Assistance Inc.; Disaster Response Program; the Cooperative Disaster Child Care Program; Personnel/Volunteer Program; and Center Operations.

The New Windsor Service Center is owned and administered by the Church of the Brethren.

Events Schedule

Here is the schedule of events for the International Festival.


11:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. -- John McCruden, Scottish bagpipe music

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. -- Puro Peru, Peruvian music, dancers

12:30 p.m.-1:15 p.m. -- Indonesian Embassy Dancers

1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m. -- Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra, Caribbean steel drum music

2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. -- Volta Ensemble, Ghana, West African musicians and dancers

3:45 pm.-4:45 p.m. -- Trinidad & Tobago Baltimore Steel Orchestra

Children's Activities

11:30 a.m-12:15 p.m. -- Bill Jenkins, "World of Music"

12:30 p.m.-1 p.m. Rachelle Hurwitz, storyteller

1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m. -- Bill Jenkins, "World of Music"

2:45 p.m.-3:30 p.m. -- Festival button making

3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. -- Goat Milking

4 p.m.-5 p.m. -- Ethnic Clothes Closet


Cow Painting

Hay Wagon Rides

Geographic Scavenger Hunt




Taste testing of goat milk cheese, goat milk fudge, sheep milk, yogurt

Food Booths

Iran -- oxtail stew, pastries

Caribbean -- fresh fruit

Nicaragua -- banana milk shakes

Navajo Indian -- Navajo fry bread and mutton sandwiches

Denmark -- cookies, pastries

Jamaica -- curry goat and chicken, etc.

African-American -- kettle fries

Thailand -- spring rolls and other Thai foods

Israel -- potato knish

Caribbean/South America -- coffee and desserts

Germany -- knockwurst and sauerkraut

North American -- hot dogs, barbecue

China -- Chinese chicken salad, spring rolls

Jamaica -- chicken

Africa -- kettle chicken

Philippines -- pancit, empanadas, chicken wings

Mexico -- nachos and tacos

Craft Booths

Phil Bankard -- chair caning

Cherry Studios -- rustic furniture

Janie Dell -- toll painting on wood and tin

Five Daughters -- Chilean sweaters and Mexican masks

Robin Green-Cary -- African-style children's items

Marsha S. Herr -- weaving, spinning

Vasyl and Thaiz Linde -- Venezuelan papier mache masks, jewelry

4 Patricia McCarty -- Kashmir papier mache objects

Rene Horacio Quintanilla -- El Salvador wooden folk toys

Cynthia A. Swinhart -- pottery

Tawana Kane -- beaded jewelry and ceramics

Marcia Leiter -- watercolors

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