ECTC to host inauguration party

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Event is free and open to public

By Kelly Richardson

A free inauguration party is planned in Elizabethtown – complete with a cardboard cutout of the president-elect. Elizabethtown Community and Technical College is hosting an International Inaugural Café from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday in Room 112 in the Administration Building. The event will give community members a chance to watch the inauguration with others and celebrate President-elect Barack Obama’s multicultural background. Attendants can watch the events of the day, including the parade and swearing-in ceremony, on a large screen. They also can have their pictures taken with a cardboard cutout of Obama to commemorate the occasion. There will be refreshments that reflect Obama’s ancestry and the places he’s called home, including Hawaii, Kenya, Indonesia and Illinois. Beth Cahaney, a professor of humanities at ECTC, is hosting the event along with another instructor, Terri Stewart. Cahaney said she remembers “gathering around a television set” at the college for past Inaugurations, but they’ve planned a larger event for this year. The large screen makes a bigger gathering possible. “It’s easier to have it for more people,” she said. She and Stewart also wanted to celebrate Obama’s background, which is why they made it a focus of the event. “It was interesting to us,” Cahaney said. The event is free and open to the public. Those needing more information can contact Stewart at (270) 706-8504 or Cahaney at (270) 706-8540.