Authentic Kenyan cuisine was served hot and fresh during Hello Kenya, hosted by One World Culture Club at the Canton Free Library on Saturday.Pic: Photo Courtesy
Canton event gives visitors chance to sample Kenyan culture
CANTON — Each year, St. Lawrence University sends between 40 and 50 students to study in Kenya, an East African country where the university operates a five-acre campus in the capital city of Nairobi.
On Saturday morning, the sights, smells and sounds of Kenya came to the north country during a gathering at the Canton Free Library.
The first-time event, called “Jambo (Hello) Kenya,” was sponsored by One World Culture Club, a new community organization that plans to showcase different cultures in the coming months through food, music, language, crafts and displays.
“It’s really for all ages,” said Lauren Diop, an organizer. “We want people to explore different cultures with all their senses.”
Dennis Korir, a native of Kenya who is studying at SLU, spent time showing children how to make soccer balls by using wads of plastic shopping bags and binding them together with twine.
“Yes, children do make balls like this at home,” said Mr. Korir, 23. “They work well.”
Other children made necklaces from colorful wooden beads or filled in coloring sheets displaying lions, zebras, elephants and other African animals.
Kenyan flag, maps, photographs, colorful fabrics and more decorated the basement’s library. Sandals made from rubber tires, wood or cardboard were also on display as well as baskets, clothing and books.READ MORE