• Ethnic Heritage Festival Features New Museum Exhibit

Here’s a great opportunity to see the new permanent exhibition, Newcomers: The People of This Place for free.  On Saturday, January 19, 2008, the Grand Rapid Public Museum‘s will celebrate the opening of the exhibit during its annual Ethnic Heritage Festival Newcomers is funded in part by a grant from Warner Norcross & Judd. 

The Ethnic Heritage Festival, which runs from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. will feature music, dance, craft demonstrations, food, ethnic organization displays, and ethnic vendors, all representing groups that call West Michigan home.  Fifteen ethnic organizations will perform throughout the day, including the Edelweiss Choir, a Sudanese choir, Alpentraun Alphorngruppe, Pacific Island dancers, Chinese Association dancers, the Shir Shalom choir, the Heinzman School of Irish Dance, and the Batucada Club of Brazilian drummers. Guests will enjoy listening to storytellers and participating in craft demonstrations. A variety of ethnic foods will be available for purchase and visitors over the age of 21 will be able to sample beers from around the world from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. for just $5.

The opening ceremony at 11:45 will be followed by the announcement of the selection for One Book, One County at Noon.  A showcase of traditional and modern ethnic clothing will start at 12:30 p.m.  The event will also feature the public premier of the new Planetarium show, Everyone’s Sky: Star Stories from Around the World. The Ethnic Heritage Festival runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Admission to the Museum is free during the festival.