One World Day / Worldfest & Kiosk Dedication

Sheila Crawford and Paul Burik cut the ribbon

On Aug. 18, 2013, the new information kiosk and the  plaza was dedicated with over 30 people, mainly garden delegates, in attendance. The KIOSK PLAZA is the first construction project undertaken by the Federation. The purpose is to provide information to the people visiting the park, riding bikes on the bike path and to be a starting point for the numerous tours that are requested of the Federation. The kiosk has an area map, information on the Gardens, history, information on the Federation and a list of  past Presidents of the Federation. Several of the kiosk panels are illuminated at night using solar powered spot lights. A bike rack will address the needs of the bikers on the adjacent bike path. The KIOSK PLAZA is located at the mid section of the gardens on MLK Blvd.

President Sheila Crawford made introductory remarks, project manager Paul Burik described the need to have a place of arrival in the park and Mary Hamlin read from “Their Paths are Peace”.

The following Sunday, August 25, 2013, the 66th One World Day celebration took place in a larger format called Worldfest. Two stages, one at the Irish Garden and one at the African American Garden,  featured performers from noon on. Other gardens had exhibits and activities at their sites. The traditional Parade of Flags took place and was expanded to include Shaw High School Marching Band, stilt walkers and dancers, followed by the colorful nationality flags. The naturalzation ceremony for approximately 20 new U.S. citizens followed – always a touching moment. Food and beverages were available from the individual gardens as well as from food trucks. A new statue was dedicated in the Serbian Garden as well as in the Polish Garden. Numerous vendors offered their crafts and artwork. Above all, it was a beautiful, sunny – but not hot day.

Performances were scattered throughout the park, there was so much to do, so much to see!

This year the event was much bigger than before.  Thanks to James Levin and his team who teamed up with CCGF to produce this new format – Worldfest.  The event filled the gardens with people and activities. Although some came for the food or entertainment, they could not help to notice this special setting – and they liked it! The comments were positive and many attendees expressed appreciation for the maintenance and upkeep of the gardens by the numerous nationalities.

The Worldfest received TV coverage on number of local channels. No doubt this event introduced many to this unique Cleveland park. Many thanks go to the One World Day organizing committee!!

Hawken School drama students perform in the Greek Garden