Mayborn Museum Hosts Worldwide Extravaganza Day

Aug. 25, 2008

by Paige Connell, communication specialist, (254) 710-3321

The Mayborn Museum Complex is celebrating international cultures in a Worldwide Extravaganza day on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the museum. Several dance and singing groups from across Texas will perform along with a presentation of exotic animals by animal specialist David Kleven, also known as "Critterman."

The Worldwide Extravaganza culminates the museum's summer-long tribute to exploring the cultures and history of all seven continents through its Worldwide Wednesdays activities and its summer traveling exhibit, National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure, which closes on Sept. 7.

The tour of the world begins at 10:30 a.m. with a Chinese dragon dance followed by a presentation by "Critterman" at 11: a.m. Frequently seen on Animal Planet and other national television shows, "Critterman" will surprise patrons with unusual animals from around the globe.

At 11:30 a.m. the Ayubu Kamau Sacred Afrikan Drum and Dance Society of Dallas will present fascinating African dance and drum sounds. The electrifying performances will include songs from West Africa and Afro-Caribbean dance as well as motivational story telling.

At 1:30 p.m. the spotlight shifts to Europe with an authentic Spanish flamenco dance presentation by the Houston group Bianca Antonia y Flamenco Andaluz. At 2 p.m. the Austin group Chaski will feature traditional Latin American folk instruments and Andean tunes. A Polynesian dance performance will follow at 2:30 p.m. and "Critterman" will wrap up the day with another animal show at 3 p.m.

Visitors will also have the opportunity to make their own Asian fans and Mexican crepe flowers throughout the day.

The Mayborn Museum Complex is located on the Baylor University campus at 1300 S. University Parks Dr. in Waco. The museum offers natural and cultural history exhibits both indoors and outdoors, and 16 hands-on discovery rooms with various themes for visitors of all ages to engage, explore, and enjoy.

All-day admission including entry to the National Geographic MAPS: Tools for Adventure exhibit costs $8 for adults; $7 for seniors; and $5 for children. Admission is free for Baylor students and museum members.

For more information, contact Frankie Pack at (254) 710-1202 or (254) 498-7924 or go to www.baylor.edu/mayborn.

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