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‘World’ comes to Corydon Saturday

Children who attend the World on the Square in Corydon on Saturday, Aug. 12, will get to do what children all over the world do easily and naturally: Play games.
Dr. Claudia Crump of New Albany, a retired professor at Indiana University Southeast who has traveled all over the world, asked four students to research games from Asia, Africa, Europe and the United States. Kids at World on the Square can learn about one or all the games and then play them as many times as they want. They’ll also learn where the game originated with a ‘globe toss’ played with 18-inch-diameter inflatable globes. (Some will be given away as prizes.)
The free family festival, now in its seventh year, brings together representatives of many countries, ethnicities and cultures for four hours, from 4 to 8 p.m. Visitors can talk, learn, play, hear music, learn dances, eat exotic food, contemplate geography, see beautiful costumes, or just relax and enjoy the cross-cultural currents on Corydon’s historic town square.
Crump, 76, is a well-known social studies education and language arts professor and teacher trainer; she taught at IUS for 25 years. She has visited more than 40 countries (some as many as four times), and traveled on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. She always came home with practical items that helped explain foreign cultures to her students. She was a principle organizer of the Center for Cultural Resources at the new library at IUS.
The research students ‘ Christina Smith, 10, a fifth grader at Bridgepoint Elementary; Andrew Smith, 15, a freshman at Jeffersonville High School; Kacey Slone and Cheldon Mott, 15-year-old sophomores at New Washington High School ‘ will be supervised by Center for Cultural Resources co-director Carolyn Diener and interns Regina Layton and Carrie Slone.
They will teach ‘Mancala,’ an ancient board game from Egypt that’s played with pebbles, rocks or stones; ‘Gabata,’ a type of Mancala game that comes from Ethiopia; Jackstraws, a game that originated in China and is similar to Pick-Up-Sticks; Solitaire, a peg board game that originated in France; Rock, Paper and Scissors that, surprise, comes from Japan; ‘Bilboquet,’ also known as ‘Ajaqaq’ or ‘Dzagzegala,’ a cup-and-ball game which originated in France but has been adapted throughout the world; and a Dreidel spinning top game played by Jewish children during Hanukkah.
‘All the games are educational, not just fun,’ Crump said. (Kids will also get passports to be stamped as they move around the square, from one booth to the next. When they get so many stamps, they will win little international prizes. (Elsewhere at WOTS, kids can paint tiles and try their hand at origami.)
In addition to at least 27 exhibitors, there will be an international food-tasting buffet that starts at 4 p.m. in the Corydon United Methodist Church basement. (Get there early because the locally prepared samples tend to go fast, said organizer Elizabeth Cato.)
WOTS entertainment chair Kirby Bachman said these groups will perform:
+ Scottish bagpiper David Stewart, at 4 p.m.;
+ The Mystic Rhythms, an African female percussion group, 4:15 p.m.;
+ Semillita Latina, a children’s Hispanic dance group, 5 p.m.;
+ Arciris Latinos, a young adult Hispanic dance group, 6 p.m.; and
+ Guilderoy Byrne and the McClanahan dance troupe, Celtic artists.
Again this year, Dr. John Gonzaba, a Corydon surgeon, will be the master of ceremonies at the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand. WOTS Chair Elizabeth Kellem said that in case of rain, events will be held at Corydon Central High School.
World on the Square is organized by Community Unity, a local non-profit group that was formed several years ago in response to an appearance in Corydon by the Ku Klux Klan. Major sponsors this years are Caesars Indiana and the Arts Council of Southern Indiana.