Next weekend i.e. July 23/24 is the much awaited Ohio Utsab at Columbus. Many of us will be performing at the event through a multitude of cultural programs and we do hope all CCI members and friends will attend the event and show their support for the performers. Apart from a Gaaner program and a Naatok, there will also be a collaborative dance program with participants from both COBCA and CCI, performing in unison. Then there are the performers from Kolkata who will be flying down from Banga Mela, vendors selling Indian goodies and good, old Bengali snacks and food to tickle our taste buds and of course, other performers and attendees from across many Ohio based Bengali associations ! So, if you have not registered yet, now is a good time to log onto www.cciorg.com/register or www.ohioutsab2016.com to complete your registrations. CCI Members can log in through Members Corner to avail discounted rates. Remember, registrations will be open up to 7/21. The organizers are also requesting literary contributions for the event brochure. If you are interested, please submit your contributions to CCI BOT asap - the deadline is 7/16.
The weekend after next i.e. July 30/31 is the annual CCI outdoor retreat and picnic. This is one event that all of our members, young and old, look forward to with great enthusiasm, each year. This time, we will also be camping overnight at the picnic site and that promises to be a great experience with bonfire and marsh-mellows and smores under a star-studded night sky! Unfortunately, the camping spots are all taken and we are not accepting any more campers at this time. However, we have our annual picnic on the next day and we hope everyone will come and join in large numbers like every year. The location itself has many activities to indulge in and should be a fun experience for young and old alike. Please reply to the evite that was sent earlier if you plan to attend the picnic so that the team can plan adequately. Please remember to carry check book/cash since we expect internet to be spotty at the site and we may not able to process credit cards.
Enjoy the last few weeks of the summer break and very soon we will shift gears to get into the Cincinnati Durga Utsav mode !