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Cultural Pearls to be Held at Belmont College


St. Clairsville, OH (April 12, 2013) – 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 7th annual Cultural Pearls event on April 19 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. Exhibits highlighting the following cultures will be featured: China, India, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Ukraine, Vietnam, Japan, Serbia, Ethiopia, Korea, Hungary, and Appalachian Music.

Presenters for this year’s event are:

  • Greg Kenney – Professional actor Greg Kenney will play Jackie Robinson and will take the audience from his humble beginnings in Pasadena, California to being the first to open doors for African Americans in Major League Baseball.
  • Olney Friends School Students – Performances will be made by a student pianist and student dancers from India.
  • Thomas Buckley – Civil War Historian and Belmont College faculty member will share the stories of local residents who fought in the Civil War.
  • Bob Heyer –Bob accompanies singing with the guitar, the banjo, and the lap dulcimer. A portion of his repertoire represents the often lonesome and stark sound of the unaccompanied mountain ballad. His material draws from traditional ballads and folk songs of West Virginia, old time country, country blues, and original songs.

Additionally, a sampling of international cuisine will be provided by Barnesville High School Culinary Arts.

“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 Jennifer Redrup, Director of Student Engagement, Leadership, & Career Services and Cultural Pearls Committee Chair.

For more information about the Cultural Pearls event please contact Annmarie O’Grady at 740.699.3952.

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