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COMMUNITY NEWS: 3-26-09 2nd Annual ASEANA Spring Festival Free to Public Sat, March 28th
Thursday, Mar 26, 2009 7:22pm
SHREVEPORT, LA (By: Tom Pace, Executive Editor, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: COMMUNITY NEWS 9:30pm 3-26-09 Spring's in full bloom across the metro area, and this Saturday, the public is invited to attend the 2nd Annual ASEANA Spring Festival in downtown Shreveport, La. 

West meets East”.is the theme for this year's event, which will showcase both the Asian culture and western influence. Admission is free, from 11am-5pm at Municipal Plaza Park, the corner of Milam and Common, just down from the First United Methodist Church at the head of Texas Street. 

The goal of the ASEANA Foundation is to encourage public awareness of the varied Asian cultures to be presented by the Asians in the community, and the different western cultures preserved diligently by the different western groups. All of these are set in the different Asian inspired gardens.

The Foundation envisions the city of Shreveport to be known as a ‘Melting Pot of both Asian and Western culture’ blending harmoniously with each other.

his year's event follows the successful 1st Asian Spring Festival last April 5, 2008. During the 2nd ASEANA Spring Festival will feature an even greater line up of presentations, demonstrations, booths, food, jewelries and others representative of Asian culture. 

Visitors to the festival will be treated to Asian culture and cuisine set amidst a profuse sea of blooms of the different Asian Gardens .

These gardens include the “Ikeda Obaitouri” Japanese Garden, the “Two Dragons chasing the Pearl” Chinese Garden, the “Jardin De Isabelle” Philippine Garden, the “Angkor Garden” Cambodian Garden, the “Sophy’s Hands” Fountain Garden, the “Spirit House” Thai Garden, the “ Mahabodhi Park’ Indian Garden, and the “Lumen’s Delight” Burmese Garden. The presentation proper will be set at the stage.

Volunteer members of the ASEANA Foundation have diligently worked hard to plant all the gardens with hundreds of different bulbs timed to be in full bloom during the festival. These blooms and the multitude of colors of the Asian themed garden accents will be a visual treat for the visitors.

The festival will also be host to several booths and exhibits many of which will also be for sale. These includes participation from the following:  Herbal Society, Orchids Society, Origami Japanese Paper Folding, Asian inspired clothes, goods and baskets,  jewelries imported from Asia,  Face Painting, Aromatherapy, American Flint Napping, Bonsai Exhibits, Ice Carving and fruit carving demonstrations and many more.

With the enthusiasm, time and resources the ASEANA Foundation Board members have poured on this endeavor to make it a big success, the public is invited to take time and be part of this event. 

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