Huge thanks to the many talented people who gave so generously of their time to bring us a successful event. They include:
Kaye Jacob — School Program Administrator, Symposium director
Richard Beall — Symposium director, Country Table organizer, University and school
liaison, and Humanities evaluator
Denyce Rusch — Festival Administrator, Marketing Manager, Food Vendor director,
Baking Contest organizer, Grant Administrator
Paul Squillo — Music Director
Rebecca Johnson of the Fairfield Public Library — brought an expert on the use of a computer application, “Transparent Languages” to the festival.
Rebecca and her library friends also took charge of the “Passport” Game for children of all ages who gathered flags of the countries represented in their “passports” and then showed them at her table to receive a prize.
Kate Ross — Grant writer
Weda Boolos — Accountant
Tim Britton and the Sound Staff of the FACC — Sound Engineering
Ellen Roth — Food Vendor organizer
Werner Elmker — official photographer
Paul Delisle — photographer
Val Hirschorn, Jeff Fitz-Randolph, Shanaz Kreider, Colleen and Carl Stone, Gay Soupiset, Margarita Buhre, Mayor Ed Malloy, Ann Bosold, Anastasia Kitakis, David Todt, Ron Khare, Joshua Laraby and all those who helped fold chairs and clean up at the end of the concert.
Also, Rustin Lippincott of the FACC, Marla Brader, First Fridays Director, Pam Craff of the Parks and Rec Dept., Dawn Travis at Fairfield City Hall all contributed enormously and made the festival happen.
The International Baking Contest judges Curt Goudy, Steve Boss, and Eric Rusch showed their great taste and community spirit.
Special thanks to all the many people who personally took time to put together beautiful and educational tables representing different countries around the world.
We really appreciate the performers that shared their talents with us:
Foliba — West African Drum Ensemble
Tim Britton on Irish pipes
Fairfield Dancers of India
Turkana —Turkish folk music from Iowa City
Ann Bosold — Flash Mob Greek Dance in Central Park
Jonas Magram Jazz Quintet
Son Peruchos — Peruvian Indigenous Music
Oktoberfest Polka Band
Skunk River Medicine Show — American Roots Music
Out of the Green — John Williams, Katie Grennan, & Tim Britton
Baraka — Amine Kouider & Friends from Algeria and beyond
Bambu — Latin flair rock/hip hop from Fairfield and NYC