Oberlin Community and Culture Festival

48.) Oberlin Community and Culture Festival – September 22, 2012

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Deep within the controlled wilds of Oberlin’s Tappan Square…
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…Julia, my mom, my aunt and I followed people toward the gazebo…
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…resisting the Obama volunteer who tried to lead us in the opposite direction (nice try, buddy!)…
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 …and joining everyone at the Culture Festival.
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Even with its short duration of 3 hours, the festival offered quite a bit…
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…greeting festival goers with a warm smile…
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…and then offering them a passport to get stamped at the various cultural tables occupied by Oberlin College International Student Organizations and community cultural organizations.
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Kids especially could make use of the passport…
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…in-between all their craft-making…

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…doll-making (Russian table)…

…globe-making…

…and run-of-the-mill Tupperware fishing.

Fortunately for me, while looking at a kids’ table…
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…I found my own motivation.
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Although there were no official food vendors at the Culture Festival, there was grubbing everywhere.
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My first stop at the Latino table, for example…
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…had more than a fair share of goodies…
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…and the treats only continued in Germany…
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…the Middle East…
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…Ghana (although this Chin-Chin snack is from Nigeria)…
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…India…
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…and Thailand.
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It was enough to regret having previously eaten lunch…
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…especially after not only seeing the Aladdin’s table…
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…and seeing those ham hocks!
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In fact, I did what I could just to burn up those lunch calories so that I could partake in more eating (always the story, it seems)…
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…so I played Mexican bingo…
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…learned the Russian alphabet…
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 …played a Plum Creek Review version of Madlibs
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…danced with the steel drums…
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…considered a henna design…
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…and spun this magical wheel (special thanks to my review’s own Vanna White)…
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…where the placement allowed me to ask a German speaker how to say…
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…”I would like a slice of bread with schmaltz (chicken fat), please” (courtesy of German Language School)…
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…(which I find essential when eating at the Christmas Market).
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But even after being tempted by the German curry sausage…
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…and other interesting food combos…
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…I was simply too full.
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With the remaining time, I decided to relax and enjoy myself…
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…chatting with the volunteers from Kendal about “whirled peace”…
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…learning more about slow food…
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…and enjoying more of the great music offered by the Oberlin College students.
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