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V.I. National Park Conducts 22nd Folk-life Festival

The management of Virgin Islands National Park announces the presentation of the 22nd Annual Folk-life Festival. This year’s program will be conducted from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 28 and March 1 at the Annaberg Sugar Plantation ruins, according to a press release issued Friday by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
The theme of this year’s program is “From Where We Came.” It is the park’s goal that this year’s festival brings awareness in order to conserve the heritage and cultural diversity of the Virgin Islands, and people everywhere through interpretation, presentations and interactions with speakers.
The management is extending an invitation to all schools, both public and private, to have students attend. However, if it is at all possible, the first day (Feb. 23), is geared towards grades K – 6, and the second day (Feb. 24) is geared towards grades 7 – 12. Teachers attending are urged to have students seize the opportunity to actually participate at the different demonstration stations that will be set up, i.e. kneading dough and baking their own bread, weaving, ironing clothes on a “coal goose,” etc. In addition, students should bring note taking material and wear hats/caps to shade from the sun.
Music will be provided by Smalls and the Music Makers.
For more information, call Ranger Golda Hermon at 776-6201, ext. 239 or Paul Thomas at ext. 252.

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