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CELEBRATE commUNITY 2013 planned for next Saturday

7:29 PM, Feb. 7, 2013  |  Comments
Members of the Brothertown Nation Indians prepare to dance at the 2012 event.
Members of the Brothertown Nation Indians prepare to dance at the 2012 event.
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The 6th annual CELEBRATE commUNITY event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Fond du Lac County Recreation Center at the Fairgrounds from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The event includes: opening flag ceremony; continuous entertainment; booths representing many countries; offerings of free ethnic food from noon until 2 p.m.; a children's activity area; traditional American food for purchase; and much, much more.

Certain entertainment groups return almost yearly by popular demand. This year in addition to the Gordon Williams Gii Taa'se Brothertown Singers, Drummers and Dancers who are also in the Opening Ceremony, the Clan Donald Pipes and Drums, Die Spiel Meisters, Kavkaz Russian dancers and Chegwin Hmong Dancers will participate.

New entertainment this year will feature Robin Pluer, a French Torch Singer; and Phocus, Raggae/Caribbean musicians. Wisconsin Conservatory of Music faculty member since 2004, Pluer is a perennial WAMI Award winner, as well as the Shepherd Express' Best Female Vocalist. She has composed and performed music with Paul Cebar and John Sieger. With Juli Wood, Connie Grauer and Kim Zick (Mrs. Fun) she created The Rhythm Club to perform an eclectic array of jazz, pop, R&B and French songs. Robin collaborated with Peter Buffett, recording a song for his album, Songs from an East Side Attic. She combines vintage French chansons from the 20s, 30s and 40s with contemporary songs which she performs each year at Bastille Days in Milwaukee. Robin studied with Martha Artis (at WCM), Jessie Hauck, and Sylvie Frere. She has also studied at L'Alliance Francaise of Manhattan and at UWM.

The band Phocus plays original Reggae, funk, soul, ska and Carribean music. This three-piece band produces a sound much bigger than what they are, performing high energy music that sounds similar to The Police and Sublime with a funky twist. Trackmaster T (bass vocals), Ryan Gleason (guitar vocals), and Brian Harrah (drums vocals), have a special chemistry that has to be heard and seen to be believed. Originally meeting each other in the jam scene, they have spent the last three years creating one of the tightest in the pocket rhythm sections around. The bond between them has now grown to a new focus and they are now introducing themselves to the public as Phocus!

Children activities will take place the entire day on the "balcony" of the Recreation Building. Storytelling, crafts and many more activities will be included.

CELEBRATE commUNITY is sponsored by United for Diversity (UFD) for the sole purpose of providing an immersion experience in our world right here in Fond du Lac. In order to do this, United for Diversity depends on the generosity of donor groups and individuals. This year UFD again has to pay an additional $950 in order to pay 70 percent of the cost of using the Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Recreation Building. For the first four years, the use of the building was donated.

Adults are asked to make a $5 donation if they can afford it; children are free. Doors open at 10:30 am. The public is invited.

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