Sunday, February 7, 2016

Cultures showcased at annual Taste of Mason

Juliana Discher I Staff Writer
Mason is a melting pot of culture, and residents took a dip into it at the Taste of Mason.
The Mason City Schools Diversity Council held this ninth annual event at Mason High School on Wednesday, February 3. All residents were welcome to attend and experience the food and customs of different cultures.
There was food from local Mason eateries that represent various ethnic backgrounds, including Aponte’s Pizzeria, Cazadores, Chan’s Asian Wok, Chateaux Beiruit, Golden Cincinnati Deli, Great Harvest Bread Co., L’Crepe, Noodles & Company, Quatman Cafe, Soho Japanese Bistro, Sweet Zone Bakery, The Mason Grill, Troy’s CafĂ©, and Zoup!.
Attendees were entertained with a variety of cultural showcases including Bollywood dance, Cincinnati Baila! Mexican Folkloric Dance, Chinese School Paper Cutting Girls, and more. MHS groups like Noteorious, the Comet Skippers, and the Drum Line also performed.
President of Comets Savings and Loan Juan Tramontin said the event couldn’t be possible without the combined effort of several clubs and groups at the high school, including all of the language honor societies.
“There were many clubs that participated like Spanish Honor Society and German Honor Society,” Tramontin said. “The bank had a pretty big piece in coordinating the games for the kids. We all worked together to make this a great event to bring the community together.”
Senior Emily Muff, a member of CS&L, played an integral role in preparing the passbook activity for kids.
“With the passbook station, kids would go around to every country, do an activity, and get it stamped,” Muff said. “Then they come back to us and we give them a peso. They can go into the bank and exchange their peso for six cents, which is what the conversion rate is. They can head into Comet Zone and buy candy with it.”
Muff said the event is beneficial for young kids to embrace the diversity we have in Mason.
“This event shows how we have people from so many backgrounds,” Muff said. “Plus, it’s cool for them to check out what the high school has to offer."
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