“Tastes, Sights and Sounds of Africa” will be held on Saturday June 6, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., at the Parish Hall of the Church of the Messiah Parish Hall, Route 9, Rhinebeck, New York. Savor African foods, be moved by the beat of live drumming, learn about African dress and traditions, and warm your heart with the Gospel and Jazz music of “Spirit of Unity”
The sponsors of the event are a group of volunteers, primarily from the Rhinebeck and the Mid-Hudson area, who were organized in 2005 by the late Ms. Drayton Grant. The purpose was to help provide scholarships for students with financial needs from the University at Albany, and neighboring colleges and universities, to participate in the U.S.-Africa Partnership for Building Stronger Communities Project. The Project was initiated in 2000 by Dr. Shirley Jones, in the town of Clinton, and is now directed by Dr. Robert Miller of the School of Social Welfare at the University at Albany.
The event will also feature an auction of an African themed painting by local artist Vera Kaplan and a raffle of a traditional quilt made by local artesian Shirley Swenson.
Tickets are $60.00. The proceeds from “Tastes, Sights and Sounds of Africa” will support scholarships for the 2015 Summer Study Tour to South Africa, Tanzania and Zimbabwe. The sponsors of the event have assisted more than 50 students since 2005 with travel costs associated with this dynamic study tour to Africa. Many students have described their experience as “Life changing and transformative” and “an experience to help better prepare them to work in a global and international society.”