Following a dreary few days of rain, Saturday September 29, 2018 was an
absolute A-plus weather day for our annual International Day at the
Winchester Farmers Market.

Kicking off the day, Dora Evan from Ethnic Arts Center delighted her
audience with five stories of various origins told through puppetry.
Following a fashion show featuring traditional garb, singers from the
Chinese American Network sang a handful of Chinese songs. Next up, members
of Singha Capoeira group introduced the crowd to this Afro-Brazilian martial
art combining dance, acrobatics, percussion and song and welcomed them to
learn some moves. After this, the Palavi Indian Dance Group performed two
traditional dances, the Raas and Ghoomar. The sight of their twirling saris
was absolutely breathtaking. The performances wrapped up with a fabulous Tai
Chi sword demonstration and more songs performed by the Chinese American
Network.

Meanwhile, attendees could also check out booths featuring Chinese
calligraphy with brush-stroked names transliterated into Chinese;
artist-teacher Kiyomi Yatsuhashi’s beautiful fabric art; handmade, fair
trade textiles supporting Aruna Partnerships, a women’s co-op in South India
providing education for village children, supporting local businesses and
providing shelter and healthcare for those in need; WHS students raising
funds to support School the World; Jumelage, featuring information about
Winchester’s sister city and those who live there; and information about the
Thiou Village Project, delivering economic opportunity, educational support
and sanitation solutions to under-served communities in South Sudan.

The entire day was a wonderful celebration of international cultures,
traditions, and causes.

Photographs: Copyright © 2018 Joyce Maxwell