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LOS ISLEńOS HERITAGE & CULTURAL SOCIETY

DECEMBER 2014 NEWSLETTER

 ISLENO CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA
Christmas 2014 – December 7th, 2014

Kathy Serpas Ziegler and the Serpas - Ybarzabal extended family have been very hard at work transforming Los Islenos Museum Complex into a wonderful Christmas dreamland!  Come and experience this wonderland Sunday, December 7th, 2015 from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Museum Complex.  Christmas decorative lighting is vastly expanded throughout the complex grounds and buildings.  The interiors of all the buildings are extensively decorated.  The Society has coordinated efforts once more with Charles Cassar of the St. Bernard Parish Public School System.  The choral and music groups from Gauthier Elementary School, St. Bernard Middle School and the Chalmette High School Jazz Combo will perform traditional Christmas music and carols beginning at 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, December 7th.  Tony Fernandez will donate use of his tractor and trailer for the fun hayride!!

Jerry Estopinal, the Society’s official Christmas bonfire master, will build a magnificent bonfire following the performances of Christmas music and carols.  Jerry built our first bonfire in 1992 and with the exception of our reconstruction period following Katrina, has done so every year since 1992.

Kathy and Ralph Ziegler, Catherine Ybarzabal Serpas, Melanie and Barney Koons, Amy and Ricky Gonzales deserve special commendation for their tireless service in designing and installing the lion’s share of the decorations.  Clem and Paula Mackles have volunteered effort, talent and time.  Dot Benge continues her effort decorating Los Islenos Museum.  Nicholas Ducros “Duke” and Lucy Collins have worked to decorate Ducros Museum.  Cinda Melerine continues to decorate and enhance the Trapper’s Cabin replica her late husband, Calvin, originally designed and built.  We see in this endeavor a great community spirit coming together to enhance and beautify one of the great historical and cultural resources of St. Bernard Parish.  A reception under the pavilions will follow the Christmas program with refreshments donated by the St. Bernard Parish Tourist Commission.  Thank you, those mentioned and unmentioned, for this superlative effort!!!

ST. BERNARD VOLUNTEERS FOR FAMILY AND COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS – December 13th, 2014

Los Islenos Society is pleased to cooperate with the St. Bernard Volunteers for Family and Community by providing use of Los Islenos Museum Complex as the site for their annual Christmas Tour of Homes.  This will take place Saturday, December 13th, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The FCE volunteers, known traditionally as the Homemakers, use this tour as the fundraiser to subsidize community involvement in St. Bernard, such as art scholarships for Chalmette students.  We desperately need volunteers December 13th, 2014 to serve as hosts and hostesses in the historic structures.  Scripts will be provided with an overview of each building’s history.  For additional information and to volunteer, please call President Rhonda Hannan at (504) 615 – 9322 (rhondahannan@yahoo.com) or Bill Hyland at (504) 874 – 0635. 

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Los Islenos Society will not hold its monthly general membership meeting Tuesday, December 9th, 2014 because of Sunday’s Christmas Extravaganza which always attracts so many members.  Candido Padron Padron , Councilor of International Relations for the Gobierno Canarias, will pay an official visit to St. Bernard January 8th, 2015!  Mr. Padron is the government official responsible for representing the Society with the government of the Canaries.  He will be accompanied by Jonathan Cabrera who is filming a documentary about the St. Bernard Islenos for release in the canaries and the Spanish mainland.  More in the next newsletter!

I wish everyone a joyous and safe Christmas 2014!!!!  Very best to you one and all! 

CALENDAR OF EVENTS (2014-15)

 JANUARY 8th – 10th, 2015 – Battle of New Orleans Bicentennial Celebration

Event details will be announced as the planning process is completed.  More information will be forthcoming shortly.

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MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT  

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!  WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR ACTIVE SUPPORT OF LOS ISLENOS SOCIETY! 

RHONDA RODRIGUEZ HANNAN
President