Thursday, October 11, 2012
Volunteer can help in the International Village or march in the Parade of Nations at the Oct. 21 festival in Wheaton.
Would you like to volunteer at the World of Montgomery Festival on Oct. 21? Festival organizers are looking for "individuals and organizations representing countries from around the world" to march in a parade wearing traditional dress and carrying flags or banners. The parade will take place at the end of the festival in downtown Wheaton, at 4:30 p.m. Groups must pre-register on the World of Montgomery Festival website. Festival organizers are also looking for volunteers in the International Village, whose four main tents showcase the cultures of El Salvador, China, India and Ethiopia. Volunteers can earn SSL hours by assisting in crafts and activities, or acting as country ambassadors. See the World of Montgomery Festival website for …
Thursday, October 4, 2012
The Oct. 21 festival will spotlight the cultures of four of Montgomery County's largest immigrant populations--from China, India, El Salvador and Ethiopia.
The World of Montgomery Festival returns to Wheaton in a few weeks—but with new life breathed into it. In addition to the ethnic food, music and dance performances from years past, the free festival will highlight the cultures of four large immigrant populations in Montgomery County. The festival will take place Sunday, Oct. 21, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the large parking lot at the intersection of Grandview Avenue and Reedie Drive in Wheaton. The county has partnered with the Kid International Discovery Museum to create an International Village, with four large tents representing China, India, El Salvador and Ethiopia. Children at the family-friendly festival can get a "passport" stamped at each tent for participating in different …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
A year later, Sister Cities relationship is nourishing an offspring of economic and cultural exchanges.
What started as a partnership that took root between Montgomery County and El Salvador last summer is bearing fruit in the form of continued efforts to foster cultural understanding and spur educational and economic outreach. County Executive Isiah Leggett will give voice to those deepening ties on Sunday at the Salvadoran Festival at the Montgomery County fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, where he’ll address those celebrating El Salvador's independence. Wheaton hosted a Salvadoran Festival of its own in early August, organized by Salvadoran-American Transnational Communities and Montgomery County. The festival featured a health fair, as well as Salvadoran food and music. The burgeoning relationship traces back to 2009 when Leggett (D) pushed …
Monday, August 6, 2012
Have any great photos from yesterday's Salvadoran-American Festival?
Yesterday's Salvadoran-American Festival took place Sunday afternoon in downtown Wheaton. Traditional Salvadoran foods, crafts, activities for children,and live music from local and international bands including K Risma made for an exciting day. We invite you to share your great photos, videos and experiences from the event with other Wheaton Patch readers!
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Isiah Leggett will lead Montgomery County contingent next week in El Salvador's Morazan region.
Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett leaves for El Salvador on Saturday, leading a group of more than 60 volunteers, business leaders and county officials on an eight-day excursion meant to forge relationships that will last for years to come. Montgomery County has had relationships with communities overseas, but never an official Sister City. Leggett started a search for candidates two years ago, and with one of the largest shares of the county’s foreign-born, El Salvador emerged as the first candidate. Leggett settled on Morazan, a department (the equivalent of a state) in eastern El Salvador. The Sister City agreement will be inked on Tuesday in the main plaza of San Francisco Gotera, Morazan's capital. But the trip's broader goal …