Marilyn Douglas and Curt Winterfeldt, long-time event participants, have been named co-chairs of the 2013 Holiday Folk Fair International. Douglas has participated in the Folk Fair for the past 27 years and currently is the dance instructor at Teutonia-Greentree CLC, where she teaches African, hip-hop, line, and praise dance. She is also the Director of the Nefertari African Dance Company. Having loved dancing as a child, Douglas learned African dance while attending North Division High School with the Nefertari Dancers. Nefertari allowed her the opportunity to study abroad touring Senegal, Gambia, Ghana, and the Ivory Coast in West Africa. She has performed in Ilan County, Taipei, and Taiwan, as well as at Epcot Center in Orlando, FL. As a member of the Turkish Folk Dance Group, Winterfeldt has participated in the Holiday Folk Fair International since 1977. In addition, he serves as Director of the Alexander Hamilton High School Horon Turkish Folk Dance Group in Milwaukee and the Math and Science Academy Horon Turkish Folk Dance Group in Chicago. He spends part of his summers in Turkey with his family, traveling to learn more folk dances. Previously, Winterfeldt taught folk dance at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for the Graduate Turkish Students Association. He has diverse experience in education, teaching students ranging from first grade through graduate school at Northern Illinois University, University of Toledo, and The Ohio State University. As a high school music teacher, he took the first high school band from the state of Wisconsin to play in a major bowl game, the 1969 Cotton Bowl. A program of the International Institute of Wisconsin, Holiday Folk Fair International celebrates the cultural heritage of the people living in southeastern Wisconsin. This year’s theme, “Celebrate the Culture of Community,” will allow Fair-goers the opportunity to learn the ways in which music, food, dance, and art bring together people from different backgrounds. Special attractions in 2013 include a 70th anniversary Holiday Folk Fair Retrospective featuring memorabilia from previous events, “The Power of Exchange” Sisters Cities international arts exhibit, the “Rights and Freedoms - There and Here” United Nations exhibit, the Wisconsin Woodturners, and a bonsai exhibit. The three-day event features the All Nations Theater with traditional music and dance, the World Café offering traditional dishes, the International Stage where young people perform their ethnic dances, the Music Pavilion with a variety of musical styles, Heritage Lane with unique traditions and customs through interactive exhibits, the International Bazaar where cultural artifacts create a unique shopping experience, and the Callen Construction Chef Demonstration Stage, presented by Edible Milwaukee, featuring local chefs preparing traditional cuisine. Holiday Folk Fair International will also host the “Around the World” 5K Run/Walk benefitting The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County on Sun., Nov. 24 at 9:00 a.m. Hours on Nov. 22 are 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. on Nov. 23; and 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Nov. 24. Admission at the gate will be $12 for adults; $8 for children ages 6 to 12; children under the age of five will be admitted at no charge. Those 62 and over will be admitted for $10, and all military personnel with a military ID card will be admitted free. Those that bring at least two non-perishable food items or a new and unwrapped toy valued at $5 for The Salvation Army of Milwaukee County will get a $2 discount per ticket on up to four regular adult admissions. For more information on the 2013 Holiday Folk Fair International, visit www.folkfair.org or call the International Institute of Wisconsin at 414-225-6220.
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