By Avery Merrick
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – The fourth annual International Day brought many cultures together April 24 at Camden County College.
The event, which took place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Connector Building and was hosted by the college’s International Club, included music, singing, a fashion show, dancing and food. It also had displays “representing the different cultures in our community,” according to a flyer from the International Club. The event was billed as a fun gathering for students, professors and the whole family and was free for everyone.
Many activities happened in the first hour, said Charly Muzalier, an International Club member. “International Day started with LaNiece Davis performing the American National Anthem. Then they had a fashion show and the participants were walking down the aisle,” Muzalier said. Kathryn L’Esperance, an organizer of International Day, “read a short biography about each participant and then there was a display of the countries with pictures and videos by the representatives of each country.”
Two students who attended the second hour of the event, Dave Shaw and Stephanie Klingler, had many great things to say about it.
Klingler said she liked “the displays from the other countries (Siberia, China and Africa),” along with the food from the other countries. She singled out the “China booth because the display was nice and the Africa booth because the display was interesting,” adding the “cultures were interesting as well.” Klingler said she went to International Day because she “wanted to learn about the other countries” and noted the food at the event was “good and different from the usual food I eat.” She said she hoped the festival would “add more countries to display.”
Shaw said he liked “the mixture of cultures and the food they had. It definitely opened my mind to other people’s cultures.” Shaw said he was drawn to International Day by “the buffet and then later, it turned into the community of different people and their nationalities.” He added, “It was very fun and I had a blast.”