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Corydon becomes world’s crossroads Saturday

Corydon’s town square will turn into a colorful, cultural crossroads of the world on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. when the nonprofit organization Community Unity presents its 12th annual World on the Square.
Visitors to this free event that celebrates cultural diversity and intercultural understanding can experience everything from fiery flamenco dance to food samples from countries around the globe, and tae kwon do students will crack boards in the shade of the First State Capitol. Exhibitors representing perhaps more than 30 countries ‘ from Bolivia to Uzbekistan ‘ will provide information at booths, and children can win inflatable globes playing international games provided by the Indiana University Southeast Center for Cultural Resources.
Organizers said there will be something for everyone.
Here’s what’s new this year:
‘The Native American Color Guard from the Ohio Valley Native American Veteran Warrior Society will appear in uniform as well as native garb, representing Cherokee, Shawnee, Sioux, Blackfoot, Choctaw and other tribes.
‘Guilderoy Byrne, a regional folk band based in Louisville, will fill the air with Irish, Scottish, Celtic and bluegrass tunes. (The band’s four musicians can play more than 25 folk instruments. Among them is Corydon native Danette Rhoads, a classically trained violinist who is equally at home in Celtic and bluegrass music.)
‘If you like fire, passion and an ‘amazing form of self-expression,’ check out Mariya Tarakanova and her dancers and musicians from FlamencoTalk in Louisville. A native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Tarakanova has studied the ancient Spanish art form with various masters for 15 years. She said, ‘The strength of female character inherent to flamenco, combined with a passionate delivery, makes flamenco dance the perfect medium for portraying a positive female image.’
‘Professor Russell Vandenbroucke, chairman of the Theatre Arts Department of the University of Louisville, will promote peace, social justice and conflict transformation. He has studied and traveled widely and was a Fulbright Scholar in Australia. As a producer, director, author and playwright, his subjects have included war and peace on stage and screen, war and conscience, minority hiring practices, Eleanor Roosevelt (his play won an Emmy), Hiroshima and the atomic bomb, Brown vs. the Board of Education, and soldiers going to and returning from Iraq.
‘The Louisville World-Fest Mayor’s Office for Globalization.
‘The German Hoosier Civil War Regiment.
Returning this year are:
‘David Stewart, a native of Elizabeth, who will start things off with a bagpipe medley.
‘Bomba y Plena with the Salsa Rhythms Band, led by Xavier Santiago. Its trademark is ‘high energy with great vocals, a tight rhythm section and powerful percussions.’ ‘Plena’ is a narrative song from the coastal regions of Puerto Rico, and ‘Bomba’ is a style of music and dance imported from West Africa during the time of slavery.
‘Dr. Claudia Crump, a retired professor of education at IUS, is an expert on international children’s games and has traveled to more than 40 countries. Student volunteers from the Center for Cultural Resources will help her with the games that, she hopes, will reflect the countries represented at World on the Square.
‘Children will be able to pick up free ‘passports’ and win a prize after they have gotten answers from at least 12 different international exhibits.
‘Lanesville’s Rick Haines will bring about 20 tae kwon do students to the town square. His mentor from Louisville, Grand Master Young Sik Choi, will lead the exercises with students age 7 and older.
‘Restaurants, churches, homemakers, farmers, nursing homes and individuals will donate international food dishes. Samples (guests are asked to practice ‘portion control’) can be picked up in the basement of the Wright Interpretive Center, just north of the town square. Professional caterer Lana Cullison is expecting more than 500 samplers; she’s preparing German, Moroccan, Spanish, Asian and more ethnic cuisine as a backup to what others, including members of Harrison County Homemakers clubs, will donate.
In case of inclement weather, the festival will take place at Corydon Central High School.
World on the Square is sponsored by donations to Community Unity from Horseshoe Southern Indiana, Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Harrison County Community Foundation and other community members, businesses and organizations, Carolyn Beanblossom, WOTS coordinator, said.
Schedule of events:
3:55 to 4:10 p.m. ‘ Bagpiper David Stewart
3:45 p.m. ‘ Presentation of the Colors
4 p.m. ‘ Taste of the World begins
4 to 8 p.m. ‘ International exhibits, children’s games and children’s art
4:15 to 5:10 p.m. ‘ Bomba and Plena with Salsa Rhythms Band
5:15 to 5:40 p.m. ‘ Tae kwon do demonstration
5:45 to 6:35 p.m. ‘ Mariya Tarakanova, Academy of Flamenco Arts
6:40 to 7:40 p.m. ‘ Guilderoy Byrne Irish Band
7:45 p.m. ‘ Door-prize drawings by emcee Randy West