by Dennis Dalman
Eighteen countries and cultures will be represented when the “International Community Festival” takes place from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23 at Celebration Lutheran Church in Sartell.
The public is invited to attend the event to experience vicariously the extraordinary range of diversity of people living in and near the Sartell area.
Organizers of the festival have a mission: “Join us as we learn about the many cultures that make up the Sartell community.”
At the church lobby, there will be booths featuring cultural artifacts and information from each country, including people wearing traditional cultural clothing. There will also be foods from each nation to sample.
The countries to be represented (and the Americans who are from those countries) are Brazil, Columbia, Ethiopia, Germany, Haiti, India, Jordan, Korea, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Scotland, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Taiwan and Vietnam.
Celebration Lutheran Church is located at 1500 Pinecone Road N.
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.