Pack Your Bags: 8 Countries in 1 Night!

By Tatum Bartlett | Friday, May 14, 2010

Would-be jetsetters, who either have little time or insufficient funds to make that dream a reality, can head over to St. Matthias Transfiguration School (4910 N. Claremont) this Saturday, May 15, between 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. for the sixth annual GlobalFest: A Celebration of Diversity in Lincoln Square.

GlobalFest usually attracts more than 1,200 participants, and this year is shaping up to be even larger, said the school?s director of admissions and marketing, Deborah Bukovy.? ?Every year has gotten a bit bigger?from the number of people attending to the extent of the decorations.? This is, by far, the school?s largest fundraiser, and the kid?s look forward to it all year,? she said.

The children of St. Matthias Transfiguration School ? from first through eighth grade ? have been preparing for months for this evening. Each class studies a different country, while the preschool and kindergarten classrooms each study a state.?This year?s world tour will cover Canada, Greece, Ireland, Egypt, Cuba, Bali, Somalia, Massachusetts, and Florida.?I guess Florida is pretty exotic when you are five!

GlobalFest has something for everyone, with fabulous food, a beer garden, and a silent auction. Ten classrooms will be dedicated to different countries or states, and they?ll be serving food from that region, as well as dishing out fun trivia. (Do you know who the two Nobel Prize-winning poets of Chile are?)

Once you?ve had your fill, head to the auditorium to check out song-and-dance performances by the children.? The evening also includes a silent auction with prizes such as?two Blackhawks tickets with locker room access (CSN Chicago Sports Nite anchor Pat Boyle is a father of one of the students), a golf outing for four at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, a private dinner for eight prepared by famed chef Martin Wallner (formerly affiliated with Wolfgang Puck), and a 42-inch plasma television donated by Charles Integrated Technologies.

And the grand tour has yet to end. Enjoy live music from I-Pop and relax at the outdoor beer garden cleverly deemed the “Top of the World Pub.”

Wristbands are required for entrance and are available for advance purchase at the school ($12 for adults, $6 for children), or at the door ($15 for adults, $8 for children).

So pack your bags, brush up on your Greek, and join your neighbors in support of the students of the St. Matthias Transfiguration School.

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