The 25th Annual Festival of India will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, at Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH), 1201 North Point Drive, Stevens Point.
Attendees will get the chance to experience a variety of aspects of Indian culture including food, workshops, dancing and music. Proceeds from the event, which is free except for the buffet dinner, benefit SHAMA Inc., a nonprofit working to develop leadership skills and generate personal and family income in India, principally through empowering women.
“It’s been a nice journey,” said Jyoti Chander, festival founder and coordinator for its 25-year history. “It’s very optimistic that people of this area support an activity like this… It’s big work that has changed many lives.”
After 25 years, Chander said she never tires of helping organize the event. “I feel like I’m a kid when I’m there or when I’m preparing for it,” she said.
Dinner tickets purchased in advance cost $14 for adults, and $9 for students and children 6 to 12. Tickets at the door cost an additional $2. Children ages 5 and younger eat free.
Tickets may be purchased in Stevens Point at the Stevens Point Area Co-op, 633 Second St.; Kindred Spirit Books, 1028 Main St.; and the Point Motel, 209 Division St.; in Wisconsin Rapids at Motel 6, 911 Huntington Ave; and in Wausau at the Days Inn, 4700 Rib Mountain Drive. Online tickets are available through PayPal at www.uwsp.edu/multicultural/SHAMA. People interested in volunteering should call 715-341-1538 or 715-824-2019.