International Festival for children

By on June 3, 2015

Children and their families are invited to explore cultures of the world in a special festival at Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata on Saturday, June 6, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Crafts, live music, food and other activities are part of the festival lineup.

For the 22nd year, Ten Thousand Villages is staging this exciting, interactive day where children can create, touch, listen, taste, move, laugh and learn about other cultures and gain appreciation for the skills of artisans whose handiworks are sold in Ten Thousand Villages stores.

Festival goers can design an Oriental rug, block print a canvas bag, tape a rainbow-colored rainstick, and decorate a butterfly fan, attend and “graduate” from Fair Trade University, wind a happy wooly sheep, go on a galimoto trek, and many other things. Adults and children both can wear home a henna design on their hands. Katari will provide Andean music throughout the day for children to clap, dance, and play along with. Family-friendly food is available for lunch, as well as fruit “cones” and Indian kulfi (ice cream).

The festival takes place rain or shine. There is a small cost for some of the craft projects and for henna, but many activities are free. In place of an admission fee, Ten Thousand Villages requests as a per-child donation one box of 12 colored pencils. The pencils will go to children around the world as part of school kits sent by Mennonite Central Committee.

Ten Thousand Villages offers handcrafted products from more than 130 artisan groups in over 30 countries in a network of nearly 400 retail outlets in the United States. For almost 70 years, Ten Thousand Villages has maintained fair, long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans lack opportunity for stable income.

For more information about the Childrens Festival, call the store at 721-8400.

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