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Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2011

Peace Corps Volunteer Spotlight: Johnny McRae

Country of Service: Georgia
Title: Business and Social Entrepreneurship Volunteer
Time in Country: June 2009-Present

Johnny McRae, of Atlanta, Georgia works as a marketing consultant for a Georgian winery and tourism company in the region of Kakheti. The Florida State graduate has also been involved in the creation of two committees promoting youth development and community involvement, and information and communication technology. He is currently planning a youth and Volunteer fair that will be held in Tbilisi and working on a project to refurbish a multimedia room that is funded through the Peace Corps Partnership Program.

Johnny also used his videographer skills to create a Volunteer documentary series traveling around Georgia and capturing volunteers at their sites, work, and the interactions with their Georgian counterparts. Check out the Volunteer documentaries.

Smithsonian FolkLife Festival: Johnny and his Georgian counterpart will be demonstrating and promoting the traditions of Georgian wine-making and explaining why it still remains a relevant part of their culture and identity. They will teach guests Georgian toasts, display local handmade wine pitchers, and invite the public to partake in grape stomping. Johnny hopes to "better inform western cultures about the birthplace of wine where Georgia's rich traditions date back over 8,000 years."

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