This marks the end of a long two weeks at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in DC. These Moroccan weavers pose in front of the rugs they just finished weaving and cut off the looms. Today Khadija, Fatima, and Peace Corps Volunteer Anna fly back to Morocco. Until soon, inchallah!
Along with the presidents of both the local Bluefields Organic Farmers Group and the national Jamaica Organic Agriculture Movement, Peace Corps Volunteer Patrick Marti is promoting organic agriculture in Jamaica during the 2011 Smithsonian Folklife Festival.
Peace Corps Volunteer Shelia Slemp is joined by Ukrainian friends for a cooking demonstration at the Folklife Festival. They are cooking red borscht — beet based soup enjoyed with smetana (sour cream).
Later in the week, Slemp is singing, acting, and dancing with the Opika Performance Group, a group of nine young students from Ukraine. The group also educates the community, through performance art, about quality of life issues impacting Western Ukraine.