Belmont College

Cultural Pearls Event

“Road of Nations” to be Held at Belmont College

St. Clairsville, OH (April 13, 2012) – The history of the Ohio Valley is rich with cultural diversity. The flowing of the Ohio River and its tributaries has served as a major channel for human migration, connecting the Atlantic seaboard, Appalachian Mountains, and the Mississippi Valley. As a result, a series of cultures made the local area their home, forming families, and creating traditions.

Belmont College will be celebrating their 6th annual Cultural Pearls event on April 20 in Horizon Hall at the Main Campus in St. Clairsville.  International exhibits representing various nationalities will be on display from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m and main stage performances will begin at 7:00p.m.

Cultural Pearls promotes the appreciation and recognition of cultural diversity through entertainment, education and artistic expression. The event is FREE and open to the public. A genealogy display as well as exhibits highlighting the following cultures will be exhibited: Ethiopia; Iran; Costa Rica; Guatemala; India; Rwanda; Korea; Serbia; China; Ukraine; Japan; and the Czech Republic.

Presenters for this year’s event are:

  • Rick Sowinski – Mr. Sowinski has been involved in history and genealogy for over 20 years. He will be presenting snapshots of the heritage of the upper Ohio Valley.
  • Junior Agape Dancers - Greek Traditional Children’s Dance Troupe, under the direction of Maria Kayafas: Their goal is to pass down the love of the Greek tradition of dance from generation to generation. 
  • Olney Friends School Students – Performances will be made by a student pianist and vocalist from China, a soloist from Serbia and a student dancer from India. Olney instructor Quan Xu will also be presenting a glimpse of life in China.
  • Union Local Elementary School - The Crazy Beast Orchestra is ensemble of over 30 fifth grade musicians under the direction of Mr. Andrew Susick, elementary music teacher at Union Local.  Their music program includes singing, dancing, performing, and improvising from a multicultural perspective. 
  • Chuck Bell- Historic re-enactor portraying Simon Kenton, a historical frontiersman who traveled up and down the Ohio River Valley.

Additionally, a free sampling of international cuisine will be provided by Bethesda Market and Catering. 

For more information contact Pamela Robinson, Student Engagement Specialist, at 740.699.3846.

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“One of our goals for this year’s event is to examine the cultural heritage of people in our region, as well as fostering global awareness on our campus and in our community,” said Pamela Robinson, Student Engagement Specialist and Cultural Pearls Committee Chair. “We have picked the theme ‘Road of Nations’ to help promote the understanding of the diverse historical heritage of this region, largely because of the impact of the National Road running through our community.”

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