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Festival enjoyed, appreciated

August 26, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the Editor,

The sounds of ethnic music echoed off the hills of Weirton once again. The aroma of ethnic food enticed you to visit the food booths. City residents adorned in their native costumes mingled in the crowd.

Hats off to the great dedication of the members of Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center who once again presented the annual Festival of Nations last Saturday at the Event Center.

Peace, harmony and friendship were abundant amidst the gathering of Weirton residents promoting and preserving their ethnic heritage.

The variety of ethnic entertainment appealed and amazed everyone in attendance. Though some of the dance groups were from out of town, the best performance was from Dr. Luthra, chairman of the event, singing in Indian. He was joined on stage with three generations of his family who performed the dance motions.

The strolling entertainers - bagpiper and balloon man - reminded me of the "old country" atmosphere.

With the singing of "Take Me Home, Country Roads," these thoughts came in focus. Take me home to the place where I belong... Weirton, West Virginia.

I know I belong in Weirton where there is brotherly love amongst the diverse cultures.

What a pleasure to have been given the opportunity to participate in the Festival of Nations. Years ago with the original Festival of Nations, my late family members participated in the dance performances.

It is an honor to carry on this family legacy to be involved with this great Weirton event.

I wish to thank everyone who attended this free event sponsored by the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center. Thanks for taking a moment and stopping by the display tables, it was a pleasure talking about my heritage.

Just think you experienced a trip around the world - all free! A trip spent entirely in your hometown!

Truly Weirton is a wild and wonderful city in West Virginia.

Looking forward in seeing you at the next Festival of Nations.

Thanks once again to the volunteers and sponsors of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center for such a great event.

Yvonne Tuchalski


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