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June 11, 1999

Family lawn party to be held

by Marilyn Vaughan, University Museums

University Museums and WOI Radio have teamed up to bring a family lawn party, complete with live music, food, children's activities and hot-air balloon rides, to central campus on Sunday, June 27. The free event takes place from noon to 5 p.m.

The Iowa State University College of Family and Consumer Sciences and Iowa State University Extension Services are also sponsoring the event.

The family lawn party has two purposes: to celebrate University Museums' public sculpture, "Border Crossing," and to observe the 50th anniversary of WOI Radio, founded July 1, 1949.

Artist Luis Jiminez loaned the 11-foot sculpture to University Museums for A Celebration of Resiliency, a series of art exhibits and programs.

"We've joined our events because University Museums and WOI Radio selected the same dates independently," said Matthew DeLay, educational curator for University Museums. "Our combined efforts will result in a terrific afternoon for adults and children."

Activities will be held on the grass north of the Memorial Union and at the sculpture site south of MacKay Hall. WOI radio staff will broadcast live from central campus.

The lawn party begins with a barbecue. Free grilled pork and turkey sandwiches, along with chips and beverages, will be served to the first 1,000 people, courtesy of the Iowa and Story County Pork Producers, Iowa Turkey Federation and Ames' McDonalds. Later, ice cream will be served, compliments of Meadow Gold.

From noon until 12:45 p.m., the Muleskinners Bluegrass Band will be entertaining by the campanile, and from 1 to 3 p.m. in Tye Hall, Music Building, Paul Anderson's brass octet, Basically Baroque and a group of music faculty will perform. The new WOI anniversary march will be premiered during the concert. After 3 p.m., Las Guitarras de Mexico, a traditional Mexican ensemble, and The Good Guys, a country folk group, will play on central campus. ISU carillonneur Tin-shi Tam will give a carillon concert and visitors will be able to tour the campanile.

Family activities will include a croquet tournament, puppet show, dance lessons, art-related treasure hunt, pinata- breaking and crafts, including puppet-making, tissue paper flowers and "stress balls." Tethered hot-air balloon rides will be offered, weather permitting.

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