LOS ISLEñOS HERITAGE & CULTURAL SOCIETY
MAY, 2015 NEWSLETTER
ISLEÑOS TRAPPER’S WAR SHOWING
The final product with improved sound,
color, 3 additional interviews and a new segment is scheduled for showing
at UNO on May 20 at 7:00 P.M. at the Performing Arts Center (PAC) which is
Building #27 on the lakefront.
I hope as many of you as possible can attend in spite of the late notice.
DVD’S WILL BE AVAILABLE IN 8 WEEKS.
THEY WILL SELL FOR $15.00 EACH AND WILL BENEFIT THE SOCIETY.
The film will be entered in the New Orleans Film Festival in
October. Hopefully it will be
sold to the History Channel and or PBS.
IF YOU PLAN TO ATTEND, PLEASE CALL MY OFFICE AT 504-523-2245, SO I
CAN GET A COUNT.
CANARY ISLAND DAY/ MEMORIAL DAY
May 24, 2015 the Society will again honor
the Vietnam Veterans of St. Bernard.
Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 In St. Bernard Catholic Church,
followed by commemorative ceremony in St. Bernard Cemetery.
A Pot Luck luncheon at 1:00 P.M. will be held in the Isleno Center
at the Museum Complex. Call
Kathy Ziegler to let her know what you will bring.
The Vets look forward to this and really look forward to it. It’s
our way of saying “THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE”.
We all know the reason behind Memorial Day, but do you know why there is a
Canary Day celebrated every May 30 in the Canary Islands? Every May 30 is
celebrated to commemorate the May 30, 1982 election wherein Canary
Islanders voted to elect municipal leadership for each individual island
and to have autonomous government leadership for the first time since 1939
for each Island. As a result
of the dictatorship of Francisco Franco all elections ceased to exist
UNTIL that date.
Memorial Day honors all veterans of all
wars who fought to defend the United States.
Veterans of the American Revolution, the War of 1812 ---the Battle
of New Orleans (1815), the Civil War, and ALL wars through Desert Storm
are interred in St. Bernard cemetery.
Canary Islanders were colonized by Spain
to halt British Colonial expansion west of the Mississippi River and
maintain control over access to the Mississippi Valley. Canary Islanders
or Isleno Colonists fought in the American Revolution and every war
thereafter in support of the United States.
ISLENO FIESTA 2015
This was the biggest and best Isleno
Fiesta ever held. We realized
a profit of $55,000.00 and it’s only May and all the numbers are in.
Hats are off to Rhonda Hannan and her co-chair, Kathy Serpas
Ziegler for a job well done. A
great big THANK YOU TO ALL WHO WORKED TO MAKE THE FESTIVAL THE SUCCESS
THAT IT WAS!!!
This fact along with the historical and
cultural content of the festival deserves the recognition of the
membership. The National and
International support were noteworthy and the role of the Houmas was
nothing but positive.
All Canary Island groups in the U.S. participated in this year’s Fiesta.
The Canarian entertainment was outstanding.
A big “thank you” is in order to all who participated.
Next year’s Fiesta will take place on March 5 and 6, 2016.
There is much to be done to maintain the
Complex and we have begun.
Repairs to the Isleno Museum have begun.
Del Valle Services got the contract for $6,140.00.
Bids have been solicited for termite treatment of all 9 buildings
on the Museum grounds.
BENITO CABRERA RETURNS TO ST. BERNARD
Benito, the famous Canarian timple player
and composer, is tentatively scheduled to arrive here June 6, 7 and 8.
We are working to complete arrangements for a concert probably at
Chalmette Cultural Arts Building.
Membership will be informed when plans are finalized.
SAVE THE DATES.
Last week about 15 new trees were planted
on the Museum grounds. Tony Fernandez planted 5 mulberry trees to lure
birds to the Complex for the Second Annual Bird Festival.
Bert Esteves donated a variety of 10 trees which Francisco Corea
and I planted.
Benny Trahan, an electrical contractor
who worked on the FEMA funded reconstruction/restoration of the Museum
Complex, promised 5 years ago to plant native Louisiana Irises on our
grounds. He has stayed in touch with me, Dot Benge, and on May 8, he
planted 80 Iris plants along the nature trail and 50 around the trapper’s
camp. He will return to plant
more around the front.
It is so gratifying to see to the level of commitment and appreciation for our heritage by those who are not even part of our community. Next April, the grounds will be a sight to behold thanks to a dear supporter of our mission. Be sure to thank Benny if you should run into him.
This year’s event was almost a wash out.
The weather was horrible. Even
so, we had 21 boats show up and fished in less than favorable conditions.
Profit was about $1800.00 that always goes into the Restoration
Account. Thanks go to
Mike Benge for chairing the event.
ANTIQUE CAR SHOW
Glenn Menesses handled this year’s 2nd
Annual Antique Car Show. There
were about 70 cars entered and the weather was beautiful.
The Serpas family handled the food as they usually do and raised
about $1800. 00. Total profit
from the Car show was about $5,000.00.
Thanks to Glenn and all our Antique car members and the Serpas clan
for your contributions to this successful event.
Glenn Menesses is the new membership
chairman and is in the process of updating our list.
If you know of anyone whose membership has lapsed, please urge them
to contact Glenn and join our Society.
At one time when I was president we had a membership of 1200
members. The out of town
members always appreciated getting newsletters about what was going on
from time to time. Many
members have moved since the Katrina.
MAYBE you know someone who would like to keep in touch.
I have offered to write the newsletter
and Glenn has offered to send it to those who have e-mail addresses.
I will go to the Post Office to apply for a Non-Profit stamp so
that we can mail the newsletter to those who do not have access to a
Glenn’s number is 504-884-9691.
His e-mail address is gjmss&cox.net
If you have any news you would like to
share or any questions you would like to ask, please call me at
504-554-8412 or e-mail me at