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Crafts From Around the World Represented at Village

By Jason Togyer
The Tube City Almanac
August 11, 2017
Posted in: Announcements

Crafts representing South America, Europe and Native Americans will be on sale when McKeesport's 58th International Village opens Tuesday.

The lineup of vendors in the global marketplace will include Eveleen Coope with Irish and Celtic crafts, Herminia Lees with Peruvian crafts, Angie Lipchick with assorted ethnic items, Preston Maruska with soy candles, Chris Miller and Laraine Kuchma with Austrian crystals, Richard Maldonado with Native American crafts and pan flutes, Ilona Ralston with Polish glass painting and face painting, Joe Rodkey with cutting boards and Hugo Maldonado with Ecuadorian and Inca crafts.

A spokeswoman says a popular kids' area featuring inflatables and other amusements also makes a return appearance when the village gates open at 3 p.m. Tuesday for the start of the three-day ethnic food and music festival in Renziehausen Park. Admission remains $2 and entertainment ends at 9 p.m. nightly.

Fireworks, sponsored by the McKeesport Lions Club and funded through sales of Turner Dairy iced tea, are scheduled for Tuesday night, weather permitting.

Informational booths will be staffed by community and volunteer groups, including:

  • Auberle
  • Carnegie Free Library of McKeesport with a used book sale
  • McKeesport Alliance Church, with a diaper changing tent
  • McKeesport Area School District Robotics Club
  • McKeesport History & Heritage Center
  • McKeesport Ministerium
  • McKeesport Police K-9 Unit
  • McKeesport Tiger Football Boosters
  • McKeesport Trail Commission
  • One Person at a Time – Home Healthcare
  • Penn State Greater Allegheny
  • Senior Lifestyle Connections
  • Striffler Family Funeral Homes
  • Tube City Community Media
  • UPMC East/McKeesport Stroke Awareness
  • UPMC Trauma/Injury Prevention
  • Ziebart of McKeesport

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.

Scheduled to appear on the main stage are:

Aug. 15

  • 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

Aug. 16

  • Alpine Duo - Austrian booth
  • ABC Dancers - Hawaiian booth
  • Rankin Junior Tamburitzans - Croatian booth
  • Melissa Ishtar Murphy - Turkish booth
  • Otets Paiisi Bulgarian dancers

Aug. 17

  • The Continental Dukes - Multiple European booths
  • Lajkoniki Dancers - Polish booth
  • FAAP Dancers - Phillippines booth
  • PAS Folk Ensemble - Slovak booth

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Originally published August 11, 2017.

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