Culture fest still a diverse draw for Skokie
May 24, 2011

Text and photo by Ted Regencia

SKOKIE, Ill — Garbed in bright red, gold and black Ottoman costume, Robin Coffman gingerly walked alongside her daughter Julie La Susa and granddaugther Scarlett Gibbs, following a performance at the 21st annual Skokie Festival of Cultures last Saturday.

The three were in matching traditional costumes from Turkey, one of the more than three dozen countries featured at the annual springtime festival celebrating Skokie’s long tradition of diversity.

Curiously, they have no Turkish ancestry. And they are not residents of Skokie either.

“I’m all-Irish but I’m doing Turkish dancing,” Coffman said, explaining her culture-bending sensibility. Her group traveled from Milwaukee to showcase its Turkish dance skill.

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