Sarah Gabriel reads a story to Sasha Pisiak

Sarah Gabriel reads a story to Sasha Pisiak

Telling a multicultural story

The Vernon Interfaith Project and the First Nations Journey with Elders group invite people of all ages to Come Celebrate Spring March 21

Storytelling, a delicious multicultural feast and drumming are all part of the celebration as the Vernon Interfaith Project hosts its latest event, in partnership with the First Nations Journey with Elders group.

Taking place Saturday at the Japanese Cultural Centre, the Come Celebrate Spring storytelling dinner event is open to all ages, and children are particularly welcome.

This evening of fun, learning, sharing and making new friends begins at 5 p.m. with an outdoor “smudge” blessing for books donated by Trinity United Church, including The Inconvenient Indian as well as copies of the play, We’re Already Home, donated by the Vernon Interfaith Project. The books are being given to all of the high schools in the district, and everyone is welcome to participate in this book blessing.

Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. featuring a sampling of foods from around the world.

In the spirit of “honouring our elders,” storytelling will take place throughout the evening, with the program beginning at 7:30 p.m. Children and adults from different faith and cultural groups will perform for the program, reading and telling stories, which they have prepared with expert storytellers.

The highlight of the program will be storytelling through drumming. Special guest Robin Genthon will choreograph a drumming group with participants of all ages who want to take part in the drumming grand finale.

Dinner and refreshments are by donation. The Japanese Cultural Centre is at 4895 Bella Vista Rd. in Vernon.

This event is hosted by the Vernon Interfaith Project in partnership with the First Nations Journey with Elders group, Vernon and District Immigration Services Society, the Japanese Cultural Society and the Vernon library.