On The Bricks

October 29, 2020

          Pangaea is an evening celebrating the diversity of our community. It is a Main Street Guymon event typically taking place in October or November. Pangaea has been moved to March 9.

          Pangaea is a hypothetical supercontinent that included all current land masses, believed to have been in existence before the continents broke apart during the Triassic and Jurassic Periods. Guymon’s Pangaea is bringing all the continents back together for an evening.

          Each of the seven continents is represented by an area family who has roots in their continent.

          Africa this year is represented by Elizabeth Ogbanno from Nigeria. Ogbanno is a counselor at Panhandle Counseling and Health Center in Guymon.

          Asia has the family of Mang Lian, who came to Guymon from Myanmar (formerly known as Burma). Mang is pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Guymon.

          Australia / Oceania is being represented by Garrett Martinez, who farmed for a time in New Zealand.

          Europe has Liz McCulloch, a former citizen of Great Britain, and now an employee of Anchor D Bank.

          North America has Neptune Joseph, a Seaboard Foods employee, who is proud to have been born in Haiti.

          South / Central America is featuring Guatemala with Kyle Weber from TCEC who worked in Guatemala and a family from the same area.

          Antarctica, a continent that has 98% of its area covered by ice and only people living there that are in research stations, is represented by a family with special needs. The Pangaea Committee choses to use Antarctica to focus on a population in our community that is often overlooked. The Special Needs community is the name today used for those of us who have physical and / or mental disabilities. Members of the Special Needs community can have a life that is reflective of Antarctica, ie a hostile environment, lack of accessibility, and isolation. The family has not been chosen at this point.

          An interesting part of the evening is that with the introduction of each family and the country they represent, is the bringing out of a native food for everyone to taste. Chef Virgil Gibson is the cook for the evening.

          Tickets for the event are $30 per person, or $200 for a table of eight.