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(Photo above courtesy Harmonia.)
Fireworks will wrap up the first night of McKeesport's 58th International Village, Aug. 15, 16 and 17 in Renziehausen Park.
Mike "Mikey Dee" Dorich, entertainment coordinator for the festival, released the entertainment schedule this week.
Dancing will be provided in the Jakomas Blue-Top Pavilion each night from 5 to 9 p.m. Scheduled to appear are the Balkan variety band Harmonia (above) on Tuesday, the kolos and czardases of the Gipsy Stringz (below) on Wednesday, and polkas with Johnny Koenig on Thursday.
(Photo courtesy Gipsy Stringz)
Entertainment on the main stage at Stephen Barry Field begins each night at 6 p.m. and continues until 9, Dorich said. All groups or performers are sponsored by, or paid for, by the different ethnic booths represented at International Village.
Scheduled to appear on the main stage are:
- William Penn Magyar Folk Dancers - Hungarian booth
- Women of Worship - Kenya booth
- Trafford Junior Tamburitzans - Slovak booth
- Grecian Odessey Dancers - Greek booth
- St. Nicholas Junior Tamburitzans - Serbian booth
- Sara Deroy - Lebanese booth
- Alpine Duo - Austrian booth
- ABC Dancers - Hawaiian booth
- Rankin Junior Tamburitzans - Croatian booth
- Melissa Ishtar Murphy - Turkish booth
- Otets Paiisi Bulgarian dancers
- The Continental Dukes - Multiple European booths
- Lajkoniki Dancers - Polish booth
- FAAP Dancers - Phillippines booth
- PAS Folk Ensemble - Slovak booth
(Above: Johnny Koenig's polka band will perform at International Village on Thursday night. Photo courtesy Johnny Koenig.)
Created in 1960 as part of McKeesport's "Old Home Week" celebration, International Village has grown to become one of Western Pennsylvania's largest ethnic food and music festivals, with booths representing more than 20 ethnic groups from Asia, Africa, Europe and the Pacific islands.
The festival is run by volunteers and serves as a fundraiser for many of the McKeesport area's ethnic churches and social organizations. Community groups and arts and crafts organizations also are included in a global marketplace adjoining Stephen Barry Field.
More information is available at www.internationalvillage.info.
Originally published July 27, 2017.