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Fifteenth Annual Artas Lettuce Festival

Contributed by Artas Folklore Center on 23.04.2009:

The Artas Folklore Center Invites you to the Fifteenth Annual Artas Lettuce FestivalFriday, May 1, 2009In the Village of Artas Near BethlehemFUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILYHIKING, DEBKE, DRAMA, FOOD, EXHIBITS, CRAFTS, TOUR OF VILLAGEExperience Artas’s unique ecosystem and traces of its past from prehistory to the present, see its hidden links to Jerusalem and Herodium, enjoy its living folklore , meet its friendly people and learn about famous foreign visitors and residents, and eat its famous lettuce !HIKE: 9:30- Gathering for Hike at Solomon’s Pools (See Map)The Hike begins at 10:00 at Murad’s Fortress, passing by the Solomon’s Pools and the Springs of Artas, Khirbet el Khokh (Etam), the Artas Valley, the Convent of Hortus Conclusus, and the Artas Folklore CenterNote:The Center for Jerusalem Studies is organizing a trip to Artas which will include the Hike For Information and Reservations, contact the Center for Jerusalem Studies: 02-628 7517 or tours@ cjs.alquds.eduPERFORMANCES 2:00 -6 Soler Park-Garden of Convent of Hortus Conclusus: Speeches, Folklore, Drama, Poetry and Hospitality Presentation of Gifts and Distribution of CertificatesEXHIBITS 3:30 Artas Village: Opening of Exhibits, Farmer’s Markets and Visits to Artas Folklore CenterHELP US PRESERVE OUR HERITAGE!One of the first cultural centers to be licensed by the Palestinian Authority, the Artas Folklore Center, famous for its Annual Lettuce Festival, is at the forefront of innovative projects to preserve the living legacy of one of the oldest, most beautiful and most documented villages in Palestine located at a crossroads of civilizations and ecosystems. Through its research center, tourism and recreation programs and community outreach programs, it strives to document, preserve and promote the rich natural and cultural heritage of the beautiful village of Artas and pass it on to new generations of local and foreign visitors.For More Information, contact Nidal Fahmy Ayesh 059 999 25 09 , Read about and view photos of Artas at and . View Video Clip of 2007 Festival on You Tube

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