Celebrating Queen Elizabeth’s 60-Year Reign with a Family Funday Festival, Cricket Match and Afternoon Tea

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Join thousands of people from across the world in a family fun day festival to be held in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee at Oglethorpe University. Fun for the whole family with a princess competition, hat competition, international foods, global performances of singing, dancing and other performances. Even cricket!

In honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, an international family festival will be held at Oglethorpe University on 2nd June 2012, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. It will be a truly global event with participants from many of the 54 countries that make up The Commonwealth of Nations, along with visitors from across the world. Everyone is invited to join the fun!

The uniquely British game of cricket will take center stage at Oglethorpe, as cricketers from an array of nations play an exhibition match to mark this special occasion. With many cricket lovers in the area, there will be plenty of experts to explain the game’s finer points. In addition, young visitors also will get a chance to play some of the other traditional games that British, Canadian, Australian and Indian children play.

Ladies are encouraged to wear their finest millinery - better known as hats, and sample some tiffin or afternoon tea. Girls may become princesses for a day, and arts lovers will be treated to Celtic music, Indian singing and dancing and international performances from performers across the world. Those who like culinary adventures will be able to sample foods from each continent, and few visitors should be left wondering what a bhaji is, how to eat a paté chinois or even what a googly is. As a test of your global knowledge, one of these is not even a food but a popular cricketing term, do you think you can spot which one?

Visitors will be treated to an international spectacle of a once in a lifetime event, as a host of nations compete for prizes in our local Commonwealth Games, while others participate in a “Commonwealth’s Got Talent” entertainment competition and even the ever popular and amusing Tug of War. Hopefully you’ll find time to make your own hat, try Nanaimo bars, scones, and clotted cream, take penalty kick’s at the Queen, throw coconuts at our shy, try your hand at ladder golf, coits, a good old fashioned sack race or perhaps just kick back with a cool beverage from our international “beer tent”.
Among the events will be an introduction to and a drawing of teams to see who will face off in the inaugural Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Cup competition to be held later in the year. It is a new cricket competition where global teams will compete for a solid silver trophy designed by Prince Charles’ favorite silversmith.

This Family Funday is truly a global festival of celebration on behalf of Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne and we welcome all visitors of all ages. The fun starts at 10am at Oglethorpe University. See you there!

The relationship between Atlanta and the United Kingdom is strong, prosperous and widely acknowledged thanks to the work of the British Consulate-General Atlanta and Consul-General Annabelle Malins. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is recognized across the globe and loved by millions of Americans who are captivated by the pomp, pageantry and unique history of the Royal Family.
Some people may not be aware that the Queen also serves as Head of State for 15 Commonwealth realms in addition to the United Kingdom. These realms are made up of sovereign nations present on every continent and span all religions and cultures. Known popularly as The Commonwealth, many of these nations are former members of the British Empire, and include Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Belize, Papua New Guinea, St Christopher and Nevis, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Tuvalu, Barbados, Grenada, Solomon Islands, St Lucia and The Bahamas.

This event is being hosted by the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Festival committee assembled from Commonwealth members across Georgia and all proceeds will go to HM Queen Elizabeth II, Diamond Jubilee Trust and distributed to the Queen’s designated charities worldwide. More details on the trust can be found here: http://www.jubileetribute.org and a video with introduction by former British Prime Minister John Major is located here http://www.jubileetribute.org/video.html.

TIMES:        10am OPEN | 12pm Exhibition Cricket Match | Events throughout the day | 4pm CLOSE
COST:        $10 per car
LOCATION:     Oglethorpe University, 4484 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30319
PARKING:    Through the main gate and to your left, directions will be provided by parking stewards.
DIRECTIONS:     See below
I-85 North

  •          Exit 89 - North Druid Hills Road
  •     Turn left off the ramp and drive two miles on North Druid Hills
  •     Bear to the right after the 3rd stop light
  •     North Druid Hills Road meets Peachtree Road
  •     Turn right on Peachtree Road and head north for 1 mile
  •     Oglethorpe University will be on your left


  •     Exit 31-A, Peachtree Industrial Boulevard south
  •     Head south on Peachtree Industrial Boulevard for approx. 4 miles

•Oglethorpe University will be on your right

  •     Take GA-400 south to I-285 east
  •     Exit 29, Ashford-Dunwoody Road
  •     Turn right onto Ashford-Dunwoody Road     
  •     Turn right on Peachtree Road
  •     Oglethorpe University will be one block ahead on your right

For further details, comments or interview please contact:
Sarah Gilbert

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