World Day at Hunter Park, June 9, 2012, 12noon-6pm


Kick off the summer festival season with World Day in Hunter Park, a celebration of World Refugee Day, and of the rich mix of  cultures and backgrounds of people living in this vibrant neighborhood and City!  Join us on Saturday, June 9, from noon – 6 pm for non-stop music and dance, performed by refugee groups (See schedule below), a Global Arts and Crafts Fair, Global Food Court (featuring Mexican, Indian, Middle Eastern, Chinese, and other delicious cuisines.)  Hitting the stage at 4 pm is our Headliner Act, Grupo Aye, the Grand-Rapids based salsa group and winner of the  2011 Best Jazz Album Jammie (Michigan Grammies) of the Year.

A favorite of the day is the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Family Health Walk.  Round up your kids and neighbors and complete four laps of the Hunter Park Path (a total of 2 miles).  Each person to finish, regardless of age, receives a $5 token that can be used at the Global Food Court or any Wednesday at the Allen Street Farmers Market.

The Hunter Park Pool with its Climbing Wall and Little Kid’s Splash Pad will be open and staffed.  There will be  greenhouse tours and youth activities in the Hunter Park GardenHouse;  and guided tours of the Restoration Works Houses, 1/2 block from the Park.  And be sure to sign up for  Market Croquet —just complete the course to be eligible for the drawing—the winner of which receives $20 in Market Coins, usable at the Allen Street Farmers Market.

Think about volunteering for 2 hours and pick up a gorgeous World Day at Hunter Park T-shirt! Call Kristina at 999-3919 to pick an assignment and schedule a shift!


Schedule of Events
Noon—6 pm (Ongoing)
Main Stage Performances
Global Arts and Crafts Fair
Global Food Court Open
GardenHouse Tours  (ongoing)
GardenHouse  Kids’ Activities
Pool  and Splash Pad Open

Other Events/Activities
Family Health Walk—1 to 3 pm
Restoration Works Tours (.. of 1501 and 1512 E. K’zoo- 1pm and then again at 3 pm
Market Croquet—2-3:30 pm

Main Stage Performances
12 N    – 12:30    Post Oak Chinese  Dance
12:30 –  1 :00     Temesgen Hussein
1 :00 –  1:15       Burundian Choir
1:15  –  1:30       Burmese New Year Dance
1:30 –   1:45       Karenni Community
1:45 –   2:00       Karen Community
2:00 –   2:15       Hmong Dancers
2:15 –   2:30       Nepali Community
2:30 –   2:55       MSU Klezmorim
3:00 –   3:15       Freddy Nyembwe
3:15 –   3:30       Habibi Dancers
4:00 –   5:00       Grupo Aye Headliner
5:00 –   5:30       MI Hiryu Daiko
5:30 –   6:00       Somali Bantu Youth Drum Circle


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