Add some culture to your holidays at an International Friends meeting
The holiday season is a time for sharing, and what better to share than legends from different and fascinating cultures.
International Friends of The Woodlands will host a winter program from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Dec. 7 where six members of the organization will present “Legends and Stories” from each respective culture and region, including Austria, India, New Zealand, Bulgaria, Mexico and Japan.
The International Friends of The Woodlands organization meets once a month for nine months out of the year to exchange tales and traditions from the various countries represented in the club.
Robert Wasmund, the club’s president, said there are currently 48 countries represented by 81 members. The organization is hoping to increase its membership to 100 by the end of the year, he added.
“Our club is a multi-cultural club with people from 48 different countries including the U.S.,” Wasmund said. “We like to talk about traditions and stories from all these different cultures and the neat thing is we all get to learn. It’s a sharing thing.”
The December meeting will feature six members sharing tales from their country, some winter holiday related and some not.
“We wanted to have five or six different tales from various countries and give a five minute presentation on each one of them talking about legends from their culture,” Wasmund said, noting that each presenter will have a visual slide presentation.
The public is invited to attend this free multi-cultural, non-denominational gathering at the Domec Community Center, Saints Simon and Jude, 26777 Glen Loch Road. Refreshments will follow the meeting.
International Friends of The Woodlands celebrated its 35-year anniversary in September. Past programs have included Christmas traditions around the world, wedding traditions and travel tips. To learn more about the organization, go to http://friends.ms11.net/.