Plans for the 2015 International Festival at Somerset Community College are underway. The festival, which will be held on October 15, 2015, will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. This years theme is Its a Small, Small World: How Are You Connected?
Note: All SCC campuses and centers will be celebrating International Festival. For dates and times at all locations please visit the International Festival webpage .
The 2015 SCC International Festival, now in its tenth year, will feature numerous culinary, art, educational and musical experiences. All exhibits are free and open to the public. The SCC Somerset North campus, where activities will be held, is located at 808 Monticello Street in Somerset.
This years feature presentation will come from Jim Embry, a community activist and founder of Sustainable Communities Network in Lexington. Embry will be on hand to discuss how sustainability and community go hand-in-hand. Embry is well known for his work with community gardens in the region. He has helped organize over 40 gardens in Lexington and has trained over 400 Kentucky teachers on how to create school gardens. In addition, he has worked on Farm to School programs, implemented gardening and healing programs in local jails, and worked tirelessly to bring awareness to the environment, food, health and nature and how they all work together.
"A community garden can bring people together. It can help young people develop leadership skills, build community and connect to their elders," Embry said recently in a Herald-Leader article about his work. "It's where we connect to nature, and to the Earth from which we all come."
Embry also has extensive international experience. He has served four times as a United States delegate to Slow Foods Terra Madre gathering in Italy. He has also studied organic farming in Cuba, Jamaica, Brazil and India, as well as working with teachers in Belize on school gardens.
Embry will be giving a presentation titled Terra Madre and the International Food Justice Movement at 1:30 p.m. in the SCC Harold Rogers Student Commons Citizens National Bank Community Room. In addition to his feature presentation, Embry will have an exhibit table set up for the duration of the event featuring photos, books and aromatic plants such as lemon grass, mint, lavender, sage, rosemary and fennel.
In addition to Embry, the 2015 SCC International Festival will feature:
Parade of Nations led by bagpipers Bart Davidson and Jack Lewis
Peacecraft products and presentation: The Global Principles of Fair Trade
The BIG MARACAS Latino Band from Lexington, KY
An International lunch prepared by the SCC Culinary Arts students featuring food items from Mexico, France and Italy
Celtic Music by Robert Tincher
The Wayne County Elementary School Childrens Choir
A Laotian dance and lesson performed by Miss Somerset Tyra Sengkhamyong
St. Lucia presentation by SCC student Vernon Amorsingh
Bangladesh presentation by SCC faculty member Jahurul Karim
An update on Uganda provided by the Uganda Counseling and Support Service Organization
A study abroad exhibit by Liz Correll
Native American exhibit by Nechalae Williams
Mexican exhibit by SCC Project BEAM
Egyptian exhibit by Dr. Zenab Abdelalim
Faces Around the World exhibit by Bill Phelps
SCC Cosmetology exhibit
Chinese Writing demonstration by Zhiming Xia
Paralympics and adapted sports programs by Katie Linville
Refreshments from the Wayne County Homemakers and Baxters Coffee
To find out more about the event, or to discuss exhibiting items from other countries or cultures, contact SCC Director of Cultural Diversity Elaine Wilson at (606) 451-6915.