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Nationality festival boasts food, entertainment, crafts

| Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2008

The 49th annual International Village kicks off today and continues through Thursday at Renziehausen Park, Stephen Barry Field in McKeesport.

The nationality festival is known for its traditional food and entertainment and, in recent years, arts and crafts. This year promises more of the same.

"I'm looking forward to the tradition of International Village," says chairman Daryl Segina, who is marking his 25th year with the event. "All the delicious food, the great entertainment -- where else can people enjoy themselves for three days like they can here• McKeesport is proud to have something of this scale and magnitude. This year will be a dress rehearsal for our 50th anniversary next year."

Food booths will be back this year to satisfy an appetite for a wide range of flavors from around the world. Whether you're longing for pierogies, baklava, haluski or sweet potato pie, there should be something to please even the pickiest of eaters.

While some folks come primarily for the food, the festival attracts others who come to relax and enjoy the nonstop entertainment from around the world.

In addition to mainstage performers, folks relaxing under the Jakomas Blue Top Pavilion and visiting the arts and crafts booths will be treated to music each evening, too. From 5 to 9 p.m., Dick Tady and the DTO will perform today; Del Sinchak Band Wednesday; and Andy Fenus and the Trel-Tones Thursday.


49th annual International Village

When: 3-11 p.m. today-Thursday

Cost: $2

Where: Renziehausen Park, Stephen Barry Field, McKeesport

The scedule:

TODAY

3-6 p.m.: Mikey Dee Polka Band

6 p.m.: William Penn Magyar Dancers (Hungarian)

6:30 p.m.: Christ Temple AME (African American)

7 p.m.: Trafford Junior Tamburitzans (Slovak)

7:30 p.m.: Grecian Odessey Dancers (Greek)

8 p.m.: Mayor's welcome

8:15 p.m.: Golden Triangle Junior Tamburitzans

8:45 p.m.: Sandy Roma (Lebanese bellydancer)

9-11 p.m.: The Barons (German variety)

WEDNESDAY

3-6 p.m.: Radost

6 p.m.: Penn-Sembles

6:30 p.m.: ABC Dance Studio by JoAnn (Hawaiian show)

7 p.m.: Rankin Junior Tamburitzans (Slovenian)

7:30 p.m.: Lajkoniki Polish Dancers

8 p.m.: Presentation to Marie Killian Race, designer of the Village's logo

8 p.m.: Otets Paissii Bulgarian dance group

8:30 p.m.: Duquesne Junior Tamburitzans

9:15 p.m.: Kolo Dancing Under the Stars with Veseli

THURSDAY

3-6 p.m.: Gypsy Strings featuring George Batyi

6 p.m.: William Penn Magyar (Hungarian)

6:30 p.m.: The Hot Matzohs (Jewish Klezmer)

7 p.m.: Lajkoniki Polish Dancers

7:30 p.m.: Sacred Heart Junior Tamburitzans (Croatian)

8 p.m.: Ansambl Srbadija

8:30 p.m.: PAS Slovak Folk Ensemble

9 p.m.: Sandy Roma (Mediterranean)

9:15 p.m.: Grand Finale with Mark and Donna Groom and Zambelli fireworks

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