Cultural Festival gives international flair to high school

Organizer Lynn Ditchfield pauses in front of Marsha Winsryg's display of handicrafts from Zambia and neighboring nations. — Photo by Ralph Stewart

From the cafeteria to the culinary arts dining room, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School was replete with sights, sounds, and tastes from around the world on Saturday evening.

It was the second annual ACE MV Cultural Festival, which represented the many cultures found on the Island and introduced some others.

Music and dance was presented in the Performing Arts Center, craft booths lined hallways, and food from many countries was offered up in the cafeteria.

“It was an amazing group,” said Lynn Ditchfield, one of the event’s organizers. “At one point there was a spontaneous interaction with the Afro-Uruguayan musicians and a capoiera group. They just started jamming.”

Other organizers were India Rose, Susan Straine, Shari Geistfeld, Lorna Andrade, Kelly McElhinney,and Sterling Bishop.