I really want to praise our two public libraries. Hampshire County Public Library in Romney and the Capon Bridge Public Library collaborated to host an International Culture Fiesta. It was a huge success. It was held May 9, 2019, 5 – 7:30 PM at the Hope Christian Church in , Augusta, WV. It was great to see these two great libraries from the east and west ends of the county working together to bring such a great event to our area. (Quite a few folks came from outside the county.)
Stephanie Prior, the Romney librarian and Nancy Meade and Emily Brill were hosts. There were lots of volunteers to help with the set up and clean up afterward.
Here were some of the presentations:
Italia- Rita Landtrachtinger-Hott & the Italian Exchange Club from the Hampshire High School. The Italian Students will actually be here, too. We are excited about this..
Peru- Milda Mullins Scout troop/pack
Spain- Josh and Kerri Haza and family
Czech Republic- Kelli Smith Allen an family
Ireland & Mexico- Kent Wagoner Awana & Scout Pack/troop
Morocco- Ethan Ferris
Burkina Faso- Amanda Elliott
Steve Bailes – Bugs around the world
Terry Bailes- fa’a Samoa
a Micronesian country- Keller Family
Paul and Sandy Binotto- Kenya
Henry Lorrie Krautwurst- of the the Wardensville Lions Club, West Virginia- foreign exchange program info.
There was so much good food. Kelli Smith Allen wrote: “… the Czech Republic table will have samples of Chicken and Pork Schnitzel, Kolac, and Cherry tea. There will also be Czech eggs that have been hand decorated.”
OK, I do have one complaint. The library displayed related books by each kiosk. One of the books supposedly related to my topic (world entomophagy) was, Disgusting Foods. The Italians helped to kick off the bug dining. Students and a teacher from Genova, Italy who are being hosted by families in Hampshire County sought me out to try the bug dishes. I had prepared a sushi-ish roll made with Bug Eater Foods brown cricket rice and meal worms from Rainbow Mealworm. I also prepared “una dolce”– a sweet treat made with Bug Eater Foods black cricket rice. The sweet balls also contained peanut butter, oats, finely chopped raisins and confectioners sugar. Most people thought they were tasting chocolate, but there was none. I gave away HOTLIX Candy Store lollipops with crickets and meal worms. The Exo Protein bars were a h it, as were the Chirps chips. For hard core bug snacking we had siracha roasted crickets from NextMilleniumFarms. We dispensed pet treats from Jiminys and Chloe’s Treats. Thank to the generous pioneer producers of these insect based foods.
If you would like to order your own bug teats you might check out this list of producers: http://stevebailes.org/blogs/entotreats/ . You might coordinate with someone to purchase smaller amounts at large order prices here: at the Bug Co-op.
There were songs from Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and others. The Capon Bridge library wrote: “…the Italian Exchange students were there with their host families. They [beautifully] sang Italian songs and ended the night by singing the “Star Spangled Banner”. Very touching. Looking forward to next year!”
Here are some links with photos from others.