Join the fun June 9-12 as the Texas Folklife Festival celebrates 34 years

(June 7, 2005)--Now in its 34th year, the Texas Folklife Festival (TFF) celebrates the diverse and colorful cultures of the Lone Star State Thursday, June 9 through Sunday, June 12 at the Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC) in downtown San Antonio.

TFF visitors will savor the flavors of more than 150 foods prepared by 40 ethnic groups. Visitors will find music and traditional dance on 10 entertainment stages, artisan demonstrations, activities, carnival rides and fun for the whole family.

Pictured is Dave Goeke, a member of the Texas Wendish Heritage Society, serving Wendish noodles. The Wendish culture does not have a country, but has a unique language, customs and traditions. Traditional brides wore black on their wedding day as a reminder of the hardships accepted as part of marriage.

The Wendish, or Wends, immigrated from eastern Germany to Texas in 1853 and settled in Lee County. The community experienced a revival of their culture in the 1970s, and established the Texas Wendish Heritage Society.

To purchase tickets online or for more information, visit the Texas Folklife Festival Web site or call (210) 458-2390.

--Tina Luther

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