Family Day at the Lotus Blossoms Bazaar

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The Lotus Blossoms World Bazaar is a free multicultural arts-and-education event for kids. While the Friday edition of the Bazaar is open only area 4th-graders, Saturday’s Family Day is free to the public. Volunteers from the Bloomington community (and around the world) present arts, music, language, and international crafts that let kids get their hands on the world. Grab your passport at the door, and go!

2014 Bazaar • Saturday, March 29

  • Free – appropriate for all ages, but especially fun for kids K-6. Children must be accompanied by parents/guardians.
  • With hands-on activities and exploration of world cultures, including: musical gourds, drums, didjeridoos, and other instruments from around the world; block printing; crafts from the Mathers Museum of World Cultures; weaving; bookmark-making with the Monroe County Public Library; a Balinese puppetry demonstration; calligraphy, games, yurt-building, and other activities from Indiana University outreach centers, and lots more

  • Live performances: IU International Vocal Ensemble (11:15); Ritmos Latinos Indiana (12:30); Sam Bartlett’s Stuntology (12:50); Hudsucker Posse Hoopers (1:30)


Lotus thanks the staff and students of Binford Elementary School; the Monroe County Community School Corporation; and the 17 schools attending Friday’s Bazaar.

We also thank this year’s presenters:

  • All About Bellydance / Donna Barbrick Carlton
  • Sam Bartlett
  • Binford Ambassadors
  • Bloomingfoods
  • Bloomington Arab American Association / Dena El Saffar
  • Bloomington Community Orchard
  • Bloomington High School North Japan Club
  • First Book Monroe County
  • First Nations Education and Cultural Center
  • Giving Back to Africa
  • Glenn Black Laboratory of Archaeology & Anthropology, IU
  • Harpa Hungarica / Erzsébet Gaál
  • Hoosier Hotcakes / Mitch & Eileen Rice
  • Jitka Horne
  • Hudsucker Posse Hoopers
  • Indiana Limestone Symposium
  • IU Dept. of Theatre, Drama, & Contemporary Dance / Jennifer Goodlander
  • IU International Vocal Ensemble
  • IU Outreach Centers & Student Organizations
  • IU Speech Perception Lab
  • Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center / Center for Lifelong Learning
  • Natalie Kravchuk
  • Mathers Museum of World Cultures
  • Monroe County Public Library
  • Sarah Noggle
  • Nur Festivals for Children
  • Playground Productions / Adam Riviere
  • Ritmos Latinos Indiana
  • T.C. Steele State Historic Site
  • Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center
  • Sue Westhues


2014 Lotus Blossoms Bazaar Committee: Nancy Boatner (Bazaar Committee co-chair); Loraine Martin (co-chair); Patty Callison; Cheryl Cottine, Sarah Hatcher; LuAnne Holladay; Deb Hutton; Tamara Loewenthal; Ann Woods.