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Getting to know you, better

For the sixth year in a row, Corydon will play host to the world on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. and feature a roaming Scottish bagpiper, a Caribbean steel drum band, a children’s choir, ethnic dancers, ethnic food, a German band, marionettes and information booths.
These are just a few of the entertainments and activities that adults and children can enjoy at World on the Square, an international cultural event sponsored by the local Community Unity organization.
‘Community Unity promotes unity and tolerance by getting to know and understand people who are different from one another,’ said Ila Cornett, the WOTS co-chair with Elizabeth Kellem. ‘World on the Square is another opportunity for children as well as adults to learn all about the many ethnic groups that live in the Corydon and Louisville areas.’
Visitors can also sample food from all over the world (prepared by local chefs), games and art projects for children, and dancing. Art and jewlery will be for sale, and booths will have information on fascinating cultures, from Malaysia and China to Peru and the British Isles.
The evening will conclude with a concert by the German Hot Brats Band from Louisville, a perennial favorite of the Friday night band concerts in Corydon, and the Louisville Ethnic Dancers, whose members include Corydon family physician Bruce Burton and his wife, Joan.
Other booths will prepresent local topics, such as Native Americans, the Underground Railroad and Madera Ministries.
Corydon surgeon Dr. John Gonzaba will be the master of ceremonies on the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand.
Kirby Bachman, a member of Community Unity, said, ‘This will be the third year that David Stewart has opened the festival with his bagpipes, and he is always popular with the crowd.’
St. John’s Lutheran Church Youth Choir from Lanesville will perform international songs they have been learning this past year.
The Rev. Jaime Reyes, a native of Puerto Rico who is the minister at St. Paul’s African Methodist Episcopal Church in Corydon, mesmerized the crowd last year with his large marionettes. This year he’ll take them to the main stage.
The Flying Hands Steele Drum and Percussion Band plays at many festivals in the region and in Louisville clubs. Flying Hands will play here from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. and encourage audience participation. That means dancing for fun.
Some local individuals who will be part of the festival are:
‘ Adel and Thelma Bichir. He is a local pediatrician from Egypt. His brother and his family have just arrived to live in Corydon.
‘ Dominique and Cedric Derenoncourt are from Haiti. He is a banker; she is an architect.
‘ Damariz Esparza is from Mexico and active in Community Unity.
‘ Lan Ling and Tom Yuan, husband and wife from China, are both engineers (he is also an artist) and have been to every World on the Square.
‘ Van Tran is from Vietnam. She supports the Ten Thousand Buddhas Summit Monastery outside Corydon and has been to every WOTS event.
‘ Marilu Hughes of Corydon is originally from Peru. She is a civil engineer who is helping her brother immigrate to the United States.
‘ Donna (Ladyhawk) Young has a Native American trading post in New Albany. She was an exhibitor here for the first time last year.
One of the most popular parts of the program is the free international food display in the basement of the Corydon United Methodist Church on the square. Local cooks will provide samples of their favorite recipes, and they go fast. Get in line early (serving starts at 5 p.m.) for this taste treat.
For more information, contact WOTS co-chairs Ila Cornett at 364-4048 or Elizabeth Kellem at 734-0753, the Harrison County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 738-2137, or view Community Unity’s Web site at