27th Annual S.I.G.N. Club American Sign Language Festival Is April 28

CRANFORD – The 27th Annual Union County College S.I.G.N. Club ASL Festival will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the college’s Cranford campus. The day will begin with more than 40 vendors in the Richel Student Commons. Each of these companies is either run or owned by Deaf individuals, and the following will be in attendance: USANA, Country Girl, Sprint, ASL IRS, Deaf Senior Housing, Hand Expression, NJRID, Growing Up Deaf, Deaf Soul Ministry, Fuzzy Wuzzy, and NJDAW.

The theme for the day is carnival, so clowns, face painting, jugglers, and crafts will also be on hand in and around the Richel Student Commons. A performance by “Band of Jugglers”, a group from Hillsborough, New Jersey, who endeavor to explore and share the therapeutic, developmental, and emotional benefits of object manipulation will take place in the Roy Smith Theater. The Silent Magician, Morton A. Feldman, or “Morty” as he is known by his many fans and followers will also entertain in the Roy Smith Theater. In addition, the ASL program’s third year students will interpret their favorite songs in to ASL. This will be followed by an Awards Ceremony.

The highlight of the festival will be Bernard Bragg’s performance in “My World Stage” at 8 p.m. In this one-man show, renowned deaf actor Bernard Bragg shares with the audience a timeline of his acting career starting with the huge opportunity to study under international renowned mime Marcel Marceau in France. Admission is $10 per person and can be paid at the door. This performance will also be held in the Roy Smith Theater.

The college’s Cranford campus is located at 1033 Springfield Avenue. For directions or more information on Union County College, visit www.ucc.edu.

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