The annual Festival of Nations returns for its 13th year with activities celebrating the diverse cultures of the Geneva community. Highlighting the creativity of local students, the festival offers area residents and visitors a chance to engage with school clubs, community organizations and resources while enjoying foods, traditions and music from around the world.
In addition to dance, music, artistic demonstrations and displays, a diverse range of food, games and more, this year’s festival features projects that Geneva area students created as part of classroom assignments and through morning and afternoon school programs.
Coordinated by the Geneva City School District, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Finger Lakes Community College, the celebration will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 from noon to 2 p.m. at North Street Elementary School in Geneva.
This year, North Street 4-H joins the roster of festival participants, including the Two Heron Drum Circle, Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes, Geneva Reads, Ontario County Public Health, Safe Harbor of the Finger Lakes, Salvation Army of Geneva, among many others. The Geneva High School Interact Club will host a 50/50 drawing. All Festival participants can register for a free drawing for a basket of donated items.
The Festival of Nations, which is free and open to the public, has been a longstanding collaboration among schools, local artists and musicians, business owners, community resources and non-profit agencies, with volunteer support from Geneva 2030 and HWS campus clubs.
Community clubs and organizations interested in tabling can sign-up through Friday, Oct. 25 by contacting the festival’s organizer, JoLynne Weitzel, at firstname.lastname@example.org.