4 Reasons ESLi Students Should Attend the Bowling Green International Festival

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Every year, on the last Saturday in September, Circus Square Park in Bowling Green, Kentucky bursts to life with a celebration of cultural diversity for the entire family. The International Festival gives people a chance to experience and celebrate many different cultures and to honor the heritage and diversity among the international community in Bowling Green.

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Bowling Green International Festival 2014. #BGIF Photo by Chuck Lauth

Festivities include authentic foods, music, dancing, contests, demonstrations, cultural displays, children’s activities, an international bazaar, and much more. Admission is only $4 for adults and free for children under 12, and the festival is perfect for the whole family.

ESLi students are guaranteed to enjoy the festivities! Not only will you be able to connect with people from your own culture, but you’ll also get the chance to learn about the cultures of your fellow students as well. If you still aren’t convinced, here are the four top reasons ESLi students should definitely attend the International Festival in Bowling Green.

Extraordinary Entertainment

While you’re strolling through the park, you can enjoy music, performances, and demonstrations from countries all around the world. A few of the musical performers scheduled are:

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Bowling Green International Festival 2013. Photo by Chuck Lauth

Adil Kadhim (Iraqi music)
Afrophysicists (African Funk and R&B)
Appalatin (cross-pollination of Appalachian Folk and Latin American music)
Armin Hasanagic and Emsud Delkic (Bosnian Pop)
Coqui Llontop (Latino one-man-band)
Def Leprechaun (Celtic fusion)
The Great Barrier Reefs (mixture of Caribbean instruments and Jazz sounds)
Nina Doan (Vietnamese music)
Pati Kele (West African music)
Roads to Home (Irish Traditional music and Scottish music)
Roux du Bayou Cajun Band (traditional Cajun and Zydeco music)
Srihari & Group (Indian semi-classical singing)

Passionate Performances

You can also watch as people take the stage to perform traditional dances from their homeland. Some of the performers you can enjoy are:

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Bowling Green International Festival 2014. Photo by Chuck Lauth

Belize Dance Intermix (Bilizean/Caribbean mix with a hint of African rhythms)
Best African Dance Club (traditional and modern dance from African cultures with an American twist)
Burmese Community of BG (Burmese, Karen, Karenni, and Zomi cultural dance and song)
Chinese dances with Cheryl Pan (authentic Chinese dance)
Dance Arts Performance Troupe (performing Salsa and Hip Hop routines to Spanish music)
Guru Vandana Arts Academy (classical Indian music and dance performance)
Indian Folk Dance
Islander Hula Girls (dancing to music from Pohnpei Micronesia)
Las Adelitas (Guadalajaran Folk Dance)

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Bowling Green International Festival 2014. Photo by Chuck Lauth

Las Flamencas (performing Flamenco dance)
Midori Kai (traditional Japanese dance)
Rachana Pasupuleti (ancient, classical Indian dance Bharatnatyam)
WKU Dance Company (inspired by a performance by The Russian State Chuhchi-Eskimo Song and Dance Ensemble)
Zingara Belly Dance (tribal fusion belly dance)

Bountiful Booths: with Fantastic Foods, Amazing Activities, and Marvelous Merchandise

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Bowling Green International Festival 2014. #BGIF Photo by Chuck Lauth

You’ll never run out of booths to explore! First, you can stop and enjoy a variety of authentic foreign cuisine at the many food booths run by professional vendors, ethnic restaurants, area organizations, and local families. While you savor flavors from around the world, stroll through the International Bazaar and browse the foreign culture themed merchandise, including arts and crafts and clothing items. If you feel like getting involved, you can check out one of the many activity booths and participate in various cultural themed activities. Children can even participate in a piñata burst, create make-and-keep children’s crafts, and adults who are over 21 can stop by and relax at the Beer Garden.

Exceptional English Speaking Opportunities

The best part? Whether you’re enjoying a breath-taking performance, indulging in mouth-watering international cuisine, or creating something fun, there will be tons of time to practice your English speaking. The many vendors, fellow festival goers, and new friends you meet will give you many opportunities to participate in conversation, and what better place to improve your English than at a exciting festival?

 

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Bowling Green International Festival 2013. #BGIF Photo by Chuck Lauth

When:                            Where:                               How much:
Saturday                        Circus Square Park           $4 for adults
Sept. 24, 2016               601 State Street                Under 12 free
9:00 a.m.-7 p.m.           Bowling Green, KY

How to Stay Cool and Safe in the Heat at ESLi at WKU

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As we get the first month of summer out of our way, Mother Nature is turning up the heat. ESLi at WKU will be experiencing Heat Watch temperatures over the next week, and though this can be dangerous, there are steps you can take to stay safe and cool.

Never Leave Children or Pets In a Vehicle
The temperature inside a vehicle can top 125 degrees in the amount of time it takes to run inside a store. Never leave children or pets inside your vehicle, and keep the windows down when the air conditioner isn’t running.

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Dress for the Heat
Wear loose-fitting clothing and light colors to stay the coolest. Dark-colored clothing will absorb the sun’s rays, and tight-fitting clothing doesn’t allow air to reach the skin.

Be Mindful of Others
Check on family and neighbors who don’t have air conditioning, especially if they’re elderly. Keep an eye on animals. Make sure they have plenty of fresh water and shade.

Stay Hydrated – Drink Water
Your number one safeguard against excessive heat is water. When properly hydrated, the body is able to cool itself, but if you don’t stay hydrated, you can easily overheat and suffer heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

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Find a Place to Cool Down
If you don’t have air conditioning, try to find a cool place to relax during the peak heat hours of the day. Shopping malls, libraries, and movie theaters are all great places to cool down.

Day Five: How to Enjoy Summer While Attending ESLi at WKU – Mammoth Cave National Park

As an ESLi student at Western Kentucky University, you have access to many events and activities that are perfect for an evening out or a weekend trip. These activities are fun for the whole family, and they’re a great way to advance your knowledge of American culture.

Day Five

Mammoth Cave National Park

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Kentucky is home to the longest cave system in the world. There are many activities to enjoy at Mammoth Cave National Park, such as:

  • Cave Tours
  • Hiking Trails
  • Bike Trails
  • Horseback Riding
  • Camping
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking

Summer season runs from June 11 – August 4 at Mammoth Cave, and you can find information about the summer 2016 tour schedule here Mammoth Cave Summer Tour Schedule .

Day Four: How to Enjoy Summer While Attending ESLi at WKU – Beech Bend Park and Splash Lagoon

As an ESLi student at Western Kentucky University, you have access to many events and activities that are perfect for an evening out or a weekend trip. These activities are fun for the whole family, and they’re a great way to advance your knowledge of American culture.

We’re going to post one new and exciting activity each day this week, so check back and see how you can enjoy your summer at ESLi at WKU.

Day Four

Beech Bend Park and Splash Lagoon

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There’s nothing more refreshing than taking a dip in a swimming pool, floating along the lazy river, or zipping down a water slide. When you’re not in the water, y0u can ride one of the many roller coasters and rides in Beech Bend’s amusement park.

A trip to Beech Bend is perfect for taking a break from schoolwork to relax and recharge. The park is open every weekend during summer and most weekdays too.

Day Three: How to Enjoy Summer While Attending ESLi at WKU – Concerts in the Park

As an ESLi student at Western Kentucky University, you have access to many events and activities that are perfect for an evening out or a weekend trip. These activities are fun for the whole family, and they’re a great way to advance your knowledge of American culture.

We’re going to post one new and exciting activity each day this week, so check back and see how you can enjoy your summer at ESLi at WKU.

Day Three

Concerts in the Park
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Nearly every Friday night during the months of June, July, and August, live music is performed at Circus Square Park. The genres of music range from bluegrass, country, and jazz to rock n’ roll.

There are food vendors and a beer garden on site, so bring along a blanket or chairs, and enjoy some great music this summer.

Day Two: How to Enjoy Summer While Attending ESLi at WKU – Chaney’s Dairy Barn Ice Cream and a Moovie

As an ESLi student at Western Kentucky University, you have access to many events and activities that are perfect for an evening out or a weekend trip. These activities are fun for the whole family, and they’re a great way to advance your knowledge of American culture.

We’re going to post one new and exciting activity each day this week, so check back and see how you can enjoy your summer at ESLi at WKU.

Day Two
Chaney’s Dairy Barn: Ice Cream and a Moovie

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Chaney’s Dairy Barn is a local treasure. At Chaney’s you can enjoy freshly homemade ice cream, made right there on the farm. They also offer sandwiches, burgers, soups, salad, and locally made crafts.

But the real fun starts after the sun goes down. At 6 PM, on most weekends, you can enjoy ice cream and a movie projected right onto the side of the Chaney’s barn. All the movies are family friendly.

Some titles on the schedule for this summer are:
Kung Fu Panda 3Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Peanut’s Movie
Alvin and the Chipmunks: Road Trip
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Minions
Zootopia

Follow this link to check out their event schedule to make sure you don’t miss your favorite movie!   Chaney’s Ice Cream and a Moovie Schedule

Day One: How to Enjoy Summer While Attending ESLi at WKU – Vibrant View of Human Rights Exhibit

Attending school during the summer can be tough. While many people are out enjoying the sun and relaxing, you’re stuck inside the classroom. But summer classes don’t have to ruin your fun for the season. As an ESLi student at Western Kentucky University, you have access to many events and activities that are perfect for an evening out or a weekend trip. These activities are fun for the whole family, and they’re a great way to advance your knowledge of American culture.

We’re going to post one new and exciting activity each day this week, so check back and see how you can enjoy your summer at ESLi at WKU.

Vibrant View of Human Rights Exhibit

The Kentucky Museum is hosting an exhibit, featuring the work of artist, Alice Gatewood-Waddell, and residents from the Warren Regional Juvenile Detention Center.

There are twelve pieces of artwork on display, each piece corresponding to a month of the year and featuring a human rights issue that in particularly relevant to that month. The exhibit is open on Saturdays, so you can check it out during the weekend!

january2The human rights issues recognized in the exhibit are:
January – Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
February – Black History Month
March – Women’s History Month
April – Earth Month
May – Foster Care Month
June – Stand for Children Day
July – Kentucky’s Fallen Soldiers
August – Brown v. Board of Education
September – National Peace Day
October – Bullying Awareness Month
November – Native American Heritage Month
December – Human Rights Ornaments

The Vibrant View of Human Rights Exhibit is taking place at the Kentucky Museum on WKU’s campus. The exhibit is open Monday through Saturday 9:00 AM — 4 PM from Tuesday, May 31, 2016 to Saturday, August 27, 2016.

Check back tomorrow for another exciting event you can enjoy this summer!