WHEELING?- This Sunday, June 29, there will be non-stop live music and dance on the waterfront from 19 p.m.
The entertainment is part of the Multicultural Festival and will represent many of the different cultures that make up the Upper Ohio Valley. Entertainers include gospel performers Ed and Christy Moore, the Warsaw Polka Band and Marlon Silva who will take the stage and teach some simple Latin dance steps that are sure to get everyone fired up. The Primitives, a local group that frequents yoga studios and cafes in Pittsburgh, will share their soul-moving tunes with us. The night will end with the Flow Band's reggae beats that will keep the crowd on the waterfront until closing time.
"The festival organizers have two goals this year," says Heather Lapp, a member of the Multicultural Festival Committee. "We want to showcase the different cultural and ethnic groups that come together to make our community the vibrant place that it is, and we want everyone to have fun!"
The committee has been working hard on both goals. "There is something for everyone and the entertainment, games, and activities are all free," says Lapp enthusiastically. The list of activities is impressive. There will be demonstrations on the healing arts of reiki and Thai massage, a 50-foot air rifle and archery range, a rock-climbing wall, a name translation station, the Wheeling Nailers safety net and mascot, an 80-foot bouncy inflatable, a raffle drawing and a whole lot more.
In addition to the non-stop live entertainment and the activities, the Multicultural Festival will include an Around-the-World carnival with games from six different continents. "Each child who joins in the games is sure to walk away with prizes," assures Lapp. "Each child will also receive a Multicultural festival passport and a prize for visiting all the continents."
There will be 75 food and non-food vendors include the Palace of Gold Gift Shop with exotic clothes and jewelry, colorful artwork and books, and soulful music to transform your heart. The Kiwanis Club will be on the waterfront raising awareness about its international campaign to eliminate maternal/neonatal tetanus. Closer to home, members of the Wheeling Human Rights Commission will be available to meet with residents about discrimination complaints related to housing, employment, and public accommodations.
The Multicultural Festival is a collaboration between the YWCA Wheeling and the Ohio Valley Black Heritage Festival. "We received a commendation from the Governor for our collaboration," explains Lapp. "The Governor understands the value of coming together to create a safe, family-friendly event for children and adults."
For more information about the Multicultural Festival at Wheeling Heritage Port on Sunday, June 29 call 304-232-0511 or visit MultiCultureFest.org