September 20, 2003
Acts from around the world performed on the main stage in front of Town Hall during a sunny Sudbury Day Festival this past Saturday. The Town Hall area was divided into three stages and filled with activities that combined local and multi cultural flavor.
The Second Annual Sudbury Day Festival started at noon on September 20, 2003. Corresponding with the lunchtime start there were plenty of lunch options. Rasoi, served Indian food, Little Pusan served Korean, Sweet Pepper served Thai and the American Legion served an American BBQ of hotdogs and hamburgers to the many hungry townspeople who came by the center of town for a day of free entertainment and socializing with neighbors.
The purpose of Sudbury Day was to reacquaint people with some of neighbors and cultures that are new to the town. This was done through the entertainment and activities that were put on by the town.
Children were allowed to climb and play on a fire engine, police car and ambulance parked around the Main Stage Area in front of Town Hall. On the Main Stage people saw acts from around the world. It started with a dance performance put on by the children of the Greater Chinese Cultural Council Association. They danced in teal and purple costumes with fans and colorful lion masks. The following act was the band Inca Son, from Peru, South America. The members of the band played traditional South American music with wooden flutes and drums. The next act on the main stage was the senior students from the Triveni School of Dance. They told ancient stories through dance. Their purple, gold and whit costumes had anklets with bells on them that jingled as they danced. The Mystic Paper Beasts Theatre Company performed “Sky Tales”. An interesting performance by a man, a woman and many paper animal and Native American inspired props. The final performance on the main stage was Rumbafrica. A band that played and sang songs in French, Swahili, Tshiluba and English. They also had dancers who danced in front of the band through the final set.
Behind the main stage at Town Hall, and past stands set up by local restaurants was the Children’s Pavilion and the rest of the festival. Booths were set up by local businesses handing out free samples of their products. Charities and organizations such as the Out of the Cycle Domestic Violence Roundtable, League of Women Voters, Sudbury family network, HOPE Sudbury and Amnesty International had tables set up here.
The Children’s Pavilion Stage showcased some of the local children. There was an exhibition put on by Mass Gymnastics. A Martial Arts demonstration from Robert Giorgio’s Tai Kwon Do. The Dancer’s Workshop performed and a soccer show was put on by Major League Soccer.
Andrea Kozol, co-owner of BugWorks amazed children with her insects, including an African Millipede that was almost a foot long. Debbie Stein from Drumlin Farm sprayed water on a Broadwing Hawk who was recuperated at the farm after being hit by a car, to keep it from overheating during the almost summer like day.
The third stage of the festival was the Sudbury Stage. Songs were sung by the Wayside Chorus of Sweet Adelines, and Ellen Hoffman and the Sudbury Savoyards. Steve Labonte entertained the many children with his version of the Rock and Roll ABC’s.
It is hard to imagine a more perfect day for the town of Sudbury to showcase it’s many talents than last Saturday. A day that will hopefully only be outshined next year at the third annual Sudbury Day festival.