Taste of Languages to return to RHS

By Steve Smith - Staff Reporter
VERNON - posted Thu., Feb. 3, 2011
Indian students present parts of their culture at the 2009 Taste of Languages. File photo by Steve Smith.
Indian students present parts of their culture at the 2009 Taste of Languages. File photo by Steve Smith.


Area residents will have an opportunity next week to enjoy some other cultures – some of them from much warmer climates than currently being experienced here in Connecticut.

The Vernon Public Schools' World Language Department is busy putting the final touches on this year's Taste of Languages event, on Feb. 16, at Rockville High School.

The annual event typically draws a cross-generational audience, all interested in other languages and cultures, and this year will again offer a more expansive number of language workshops, including Laotian, Hindi and Wolof.

World Language Department Head Jaya Vijayasekar said her staff is taking a lot of reservations, and expects the largest crowd yet.

She added that the performance segment of the evening, which typically showcases various musical acts from different cultures, will include something different.

“We'd like to see if we could have a group lesson there,” Vijayasekar said. “We like trying new things, and we have a presenter who would like to do that. So, as people go into the auditorium, they will experience a little more, in terms of a language.”

Perhaps the biggest draw is the food. Besides some donations from local restaurants, volunteers will bring samples of various cuisines from around the world. The Rockville High School International Foods class will also present their specially-prepared culinary delights.

For children ages 5-8, the Vernon Juniorettes will offer an “International Playground.” Parents must register in advance, and there is a maximum of 20 children, filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

The event is free and open to everyone on Feb. 16, from 6-8 p.m. at RHS. Snow date is Feb. 17. For more information, including workshop reservation forms, visit www.vernonschools.com. Forms are also available at RHS or Vernon Center Middle School.

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