Sayonara, winter (Feb. 24)

February 19, 2008

Usually I have seeds in the ground by now.  In fact, M. has been scanning our four little raised beds for signs of peas and radishes — I have to keep reminding him that we haven’t planted them yet!  I try to steer him to other new life, but even the early flowers like daffodils and snowdrops don’t seem keen to poke their stems above the topsoil.

So, instead of doing outdoor work this weekend, I’m all about getting away from winter, and Maryland Heights has me covered.  Sunday, Feb. 24, is its annual “Celebrate the World” international festival.  Africa?  India?  Mexico?  Greece? Sign me up.

The featured country is Japan, with local artistic societies sharing their knowledge of flower arranging, bonsai tree cultivation, drumming, dancing and more.  But the extensive festival will have crafts, music and dance from around the globe — just looking at the lineup of performers has me ready to shed my sweater.  And oh, the food court … Queen of Sheba’s Ethiopian food is delicious; ditto for De Palm Tree’s Jamaican food, Tango Argentina’s empanadas and Chihuahua’s Mexican fare.  If those are any indication, the rest of the food is going to be great too.

Man, Sunday seems a long time away!

The festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. at the Maryland Heights Centre, 2344 McKelvey Road.  During those five hours, they’ve squeezed in 12 different acts, from Irish dancing to blues (note that Gene Dobbs Bradford of Jazz St. Louis is headlining the blues performance at 1 p.m. — you won’t want to miss it).  Admission is free; to buy food, you’ll have to purchase and redeem tickets.

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