SOCORRO, N.M., April 15, 2004 – Global Village Day, an annual “world bazaar” at New Mexico Tech which brings the exotic sights, melodious sounds, and tantalizing fragrances of faraway countries each spring to Socorro, will again take place on Saturday, April 24, from 2 until 5 p.m. in the Tech Gymnasium. Admission, as always, is free and open to the public.
Each year, international students at New Mexico Tech band together to put on a colorful ethnic festival of native costumes, cuisines, and crafts, allowing everyone to share in the many diverse cultures represented in the Tech community.
New Mexico Tech currently has about 130 international students enrolled this semester, representing 37 different countries.
The various exhibits at Global Village Day will include samplings of flags, maps, brochures, and posters — as well as the always popular food and refreshments — from the students’ native countries. Displays will consist of handcrafted items such as woven rugs, leather goods, musical instruments, jewelry, and apparel. Some of the exhibitors also will offer music and videotaped presentations throughout the afternoon.
As in past years, souvenir “passports” will be sold for 25 cents each at the door, allowing visitors to collect “visa stamps” from each of the countries represented at Global Village Day. In turn, visitors who have filled their passports with visa stamps will be eligible for drawings for various door prizes.
This year, New Mexico Tech is pleased to welcome professional dancers and dance teachers Travis Jarrell and Deborah Newberg from Santa Fe. Throughout the afternoon, they will present a colorful program—some of it under a giant silk rainbow — of dances from Egypt, Turkey, and Uzbekistan. They will be joined by local dancers from Tech’s Belly Dance Club.
Mark your calendars now, and bring along the entire family to enjoy Global Village Day!