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World in Potsdam Diversity Festival Returns Nov. 6

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The 17th Annual World in Potsdam Diversity Festival will again bring together members of the Potsdam community in celebration of the village’s unique and diverse cultural heritage through music, dance, art and food on Saturday, November 6, from noon to 3:30 p.m. in Clarkson University’s new Student Center. wip2009

Following the opening ceremonies at noon, Native American Singer/Songwriter Darryl Tonemah will perform. Tonemah is an accomplished musician and entertainer. He has recorded five award-winning and critically acclaimed CDs. His most recent, "Ink Blots and Random Thoughts," was nominated for a Native American Music Award, and an Aboriginal Peoples Choice Award. He has also appeared in two movies.

After Tonemah’s performance, the winners of the World in Potsdam Literary Contest will be announced and the winners will read from their works.

Clarkson University Campus Dining will prepare an array of delectable delights from around the world. The tasty cuisine will be served from 1 to 3 p.m.

In addition, there will be numerous activities, hands-on crafts, demonstrations and international displays for everyone to enjoy. Children will particularly enjoy the Pinata Party shortly after 1 p.m.

SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University students will show off their multi-faceted talents from 1 to 3:30 p.m. with Native American, Hispanic/Latino, African American and American cultural performances; an international fashion show; and belly dancers, tentatively scheduled.

A continuous shuttle will be available, beginning at 11:30 a.m., to pick up festival-goers at SUNY Potsdam’s Barrington Student Union, the Clarkson Inn, 75 Market St., and Swan Landing, and bring them to Clarkson’s Student Center. The last bus will leave the Student Center at 3:45 p.m.

The festival and all of its activities (except for the Community Performance Series) are free of charge.

An evening performance sponsored by the Community Performance Series will feature Mambo Legends at 7:30 p.m. in SUNY Potsdam’s Helen M. Hosmer Concert Hall. A pre-concert talk with SUNY Potsdam Crane School of Music faculty member Dr. Marsha Baxter will take place at 6:30 p.m.

The former musicians of the Tito Puente Orchestra have come together as the Mambo Legends Orchestra. Led by John ’Dandy’ Rodriguez, musically directed by Jose Madera, with Mitch Frohman (each having spent over 25 years working with Tito Puente), the orchestra brings its incredible music to an international audience.

For tickets and additional information about Mambo Legends, please visit or contact the box office at 315-267-2277.

The World in Potsdam Diversity Festival is sponsored by Clarkson University, SUNY Potsdam and the Village of Potsdam.

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