On Saturday January 25, 2014, the Rockville Sister City Corporation (RSCC) participated in a Multicultural Day at St. Mary’s Parish, Rockville, Maryland.
The RSCC provided several displays and tables listing facts about Germany and the RSCC’s 50 year sister city relationship with Pinneberg, Germany. The RSCC engages each year with Pinneberg in mutually beneficial exchanges, which include cultural, educational, artistic, and musical programs.
The RSCC tables featured traditional clothing, food, books, brochures, exhibits, photographs, and items from Germany. The display included lederhosen, leather shorts with suspenders worn by men and boys, and a kinder cone, a cone like container given to a child to commemorate the first day of school.
The RSCC team included President, Brigitta Mullican, Board members, Liz Von Kaenel, Steve Fisher, and Marika Brown, and RSCC member Clair Whitaker.
The team gave out gummy bears, chocolate lebkuchen cookies, and Springerle anise cookies to children that correctly answered questions about Germany and stamped passports.
Groups from five continents and thirteen countries presented displays, which included the USA, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Armenia, China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nigeria, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Uganda. In addition, eight countries presented musical, artistic and dance performances representing the culture of the county.
Children played a passport game by visiting the table of each country and having their passport stamped after sampling the food or learning one interesting fact about the country. After collecting a stamp from each country for their passport, each child then received as a prize a one-of a kind Multicultural Day T-shirt created by the 8th grade class of St. Mary’s School.
For more information about the activities, events and programs of the RSCC, contact Brigitta Mullican, President, RSCC, by telephone at 301-230-0890; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or at the RSCC website www.rockvillesistercities.org.