Soul food fair a comfort for the winter doldrums


The doldrums of winter may not always be snow-covered anymore, but the grey, flu-riddled blues still depress many.

Soul Food Fair 2000, to be held on Feb. 9, hopes to change all that. The inaugural event hopes to have the entire McMaster community brighten their outlook on life, all the while swing dancing and centring themselves with soothing music and Tai-Chi.

“We felt mid-February was always such a blah time,” admits Debbie Nifakis, one of the event's organizers and a psychiatrist in the Centre for Student Development. “There's no holiday in sight. It's dark and dreary. We wanted something to brighten things up.”

Events will be spread over three venues. At Convocation Hall, exhibits, featuring displays on alternative medicine and healthy comfort foods, will promote health and wellness. The McMaster Museum of Art and Divinity College will host workshops throughout the day on a variety of subjects, including yoga, message, and Tai Chi. The Downstairs John will house a mid-afternoon swing dance display.

The event is a collaborative effort by a variety of campus offices, including Athletics & Recreation, the Museum, the Chaplaincy Centre, the International Students Office, the Centre for Student Development, the Office of Student Affairs and the McMaster Students Union.

A detailed listing of events appears in the Coming Events section of the Daily News.