On July 17, the Vienna Multicultural Festival was held to celebrate the end of Freedom Amendments Month. The Vienna Town Green and the surrounding streets were filled with food and craft vendors as well as various shows.
“We were looking forward to this because this is the big celebration of month-long events that the city of Vienna has organized,” said Leslie Herman, Director of Parks and Recreation.
While the other 63 Freedom Amendments Month events focused on the 13th, 14th, 15th and 19th Amendments, the multicultural festival presented a unique mix of entertainment.
“There are a variety of food vendors and artisans who have crafts from different parts of the world. We just encourage everyone to go out and buy in order to respect our diversity, ”Herman said.
Among the vendors were several booths run by community organizations. The Ayr Hill Garden Club had a table where participants could make an impression using different flowers and vegetables as stamps.
“One of our members is heavily involved with Liberty Amendments Month, so in fact our garden club has been aware of this event since he was in the planning. They asked us if we would offer an activity for children or adults, ”said Nancy Moats, member.
Other participants were more politically oriented, such as Mallie Prythetch. She advocated on behalf of the Ally Dalsimer campaign for Congress.
“Personally, I’m always on the lookout for different foods. Really, I wanted to go out here and try to engage a bit. I met the League of Women Voters who are here to register voters, which I think is really great, ”said Prytherch.
Overall, the Vienna Multicultural Festival has been successful in bringing the community together to appreciate different aspects of Vienna. It attracted people from nearby communities like Roy Jonkers, a resident of Mclean, who was passing through town.
“I just passed by because I saw that there was a lot of people and activities. The diversity of performers, especially that of Bolivian folk music, surprised me. I’m really happy to be here, ”said Jonkers.