Festival of Nations returning

To the Editor,

What was started by the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center as a one-time event, to celebrate Weirton’s 100th anniversary in 2009, has become an annual event. We are already on to the sixth-annual Festival of Nations. Under one roof each one of us celebrates being an American while maintaining and nourishing the roots of our heritage.

This year the festival organized by the museum will represent over 20 different nationalities and groups. Professional level artists will come to perform from Pittsburgh, Wheeling, Rayland, St. Clairsville, Martins Ferry, Colerain, Steubenville, Mingo Junction, Wellsburg, New Cumberland, other surrounding towns and of course our own Weirton.

The Museum Board has decided to celebrate the Festival of Nations every year on the third Saturday of March at the Weirton Millsop Community Center. This will keep the date uniform, give our community a colorful event after a long winter and make sure the tradition continues. The participants, vendors and the audience can set aside this date to enjoy music and dances from various countries, taste different ethnic foods, and enjoy our diverse backgrounds. Admission is kept free so that no one is deprived of being part of the Festival due to financial constraints.

I wish to thank all the volunteers, participants, audience and the generous financial supporters. We are very grateful for the wonderful coverage provided by the newspapers, magazines, TV, and the radio.

This year’s festival will be held indoors on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Weirton Millsop Community Center. On the stage there will be dances and music from China, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Scotland, and USA including performances by the St. Joseph Grade School.

Native Americana will set up a teepee, Frontier Persons will show life of early settlers, display tables will highlight China, Greece, India, international music, Italy, Poland, and others.

Ethnic foods including African American, soul food, Greece, India, Italy, Philippines, and USA will be available for purchase.

For more information on the Festival and other Museum activities please check www.weirtonmuseum.com

Please come, bring your family and friends for this unique event in our own city. Admission is free.

J.K. Luthra

Festival chairman