LOS ISLEñOS HERITAGE & CULTURAL SOCIETY
January, 2014 NEWSLETTER
LOS ISLENOS HERITAGE AND CULTURAL SOCIETY
ALEJANDRO ESCARABAJAL MORALES DINNER - JANUARY 29th
LOS ISLENOS SOCIETY will sponsor a pot luck dinner in honor of Alejandro Escarabajal Morales on Wednesday, January 29th, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in Los Islenos Center, 1357 A Bayou Road, St. Bernard Village. Alejandro is an alumnus of the Universidad de La Laguna in Tenerife where he holds the MA degree in Education. He plans to teach English as a second language in Tenerife elementary schools. Alejandro has been teaching English as second language to Latino students attending Chalmette High School. Chalmette students have also been learning about the geography, historical and cultural traditions of the Canaries from Alejandro. You can meet his English speaking students and now they are familiar with Teide, Las Canadas Forest, Timanfaya, Roque Nublo and other geographic, natural landmarks of the Canaries. He has been an accomplished ambassador for our shared culture, opening many additional doors for the Isleno Society with the faculty and student body at Chalmette High School.
Alejandro arrived November 3rd, 2013 and has been continuously engaged in our community since the moment of his arrival. Tony and Roselyn Fernandez have housed him in their guest cottage on their property in St. Mary. Dot Benge, Bert Esteves, “Wimpy” Serigne, Clem and Paula Mackles and Bill Hyland have spent extensive time with Alejandro, touring him through St. Bernard Parish, the New Orleans region and Louisiana. Alejandro will make a presentation about the history and cultural geography of the Canary Islands during the January 29th Pot Luck Dinner. He will return to Tenerife January 31st, 2014. PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND THE DINNER AND EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO ALEJANDRO FOR SPENDING TIME IN ST. BERNARD PARISH AND EDUCATING OUR YOUTH ABOUT THE HISTORY, CULTURE AND GEOGRAPHY OF OUR CANARIAN HOMELAND. Call Rhonda Rodriguez Hannan at 504.615.9322 or email her at email@example.com or call Kathy Serpas Ziegler at 504.494.5848.
LOS ISLENOS FIESTA 2014
Rhonda Rodriguez Hannan and Kathy Serpas Ziegler are busy organizing and coordinating all aspects of Los Islenos Fiesta 2014, scheduled for March 8th and 9th, 2014. They are co-chairman of Fiesta 2014 and will be calling a meeting of the Festival/Fiesta Committee in the very near future. Meat pie or empanada preparation is at the very top of the list. The preparation sessions will take place at St. Bernard Middle School Cafeteria Kitchen (former St. Bernard High School), 2601 Torres Drive, St. Bernard, LA. The dates are Friday, February 7th, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. and Saturday, February 8th, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.. If you cannot arrive Friday, February 7th by 2:30 p.m., then come after 3:15 p.m. Please park in the parking lot behind the school near Torres Drive. Should you have questions or wish to volunteer during Fiesta 2014, please call Rhonda at 504.615.9322 or Kathy at 504.494.5848. If any of the members know of craftspeople who are interested in participating in Fiesta 2014, please call Kathy at 504.494.5848. A more detailed newsletter will follow shortly.
MEMBERSHIP DUES FOR CALENDAR YEAR 2014 ARE NOW PAYABLE
Membership Chairman Doris Serigne has announced that dues for the calendar year 2014 are now payable. Vested and associate members pay $10.00 per year. Junior members pay $5.00 per year. Senior – lifetime members do not pay dues. For additional information, please call Los Islenos Museum at 504.277.4681 or correspond by email with the Society at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mail checks for dues to:
LOS ISLENOS HERITAGE AND CULTURAL SOCIETY
Los Islenos Museum Complex
1345 – 1357 Bayou Road
St. Bernard, LA 70085
2014 MEETING AND ACTIVITY SCHEDULE:
February 7th, 2014 – 2:30 p.m. St. Bernard Middle School Cafeteria Kitchen – meat pies
February 8th, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. St. Bernard Middle School Cafeteria Kitchen – meat pies
February 11th, 2014 – 7:00 p.m. Los Islenos Center – general membership meeting
March 1st, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. Los Islenos Center – sangria preparation
March 6th, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. Los Islenos Center – general food and dessert preparation
March 7th, 2014 – 10:00 a.m. Los Islenos Center – general food and dessert preparation
March 8th – 9th, 2014 – LOS ISLENOS FIESTA 2014
Updated calendars with additional dates for preparation sessions and fiesta committee meetings will be forthcoming.
Accept my very best wishes for a healthy, successful and prosperous 2014!! Please support the work of Los Islenos Society – we will not succeed without your presence and active participation!!
LLOYD “WIMPY” SERIGNE, President
CALENDAR OF 2014 EVENTS
LOS ISLEÑOS FIESTA - Los Isleños Museum Complex - Saturday, March 8th – Sunday, March 9th, 2014.
Former Festival videos: Mar. 17 & 18, 2012 36th ANNUAL ISLEÑOS FIESTA / Los Islenos 2012 Fiesta YouTube Video 1 / Video 2 Video 3 - Highlights.
CALENDAR OF PAST EVENTS
January 6, 2013 -
2013, 11 AM - 4 PM (and by Appointment):
Ducks to Decoys & Decimas - Special Museum Exhibition: Louis Alfred Ducros Museum and Research Library. January, 2013 there was a $5.00 Admission fee per person for guided tours of the Museum Complex. There was an additional admission fee of $5.00 to view the DUCKS, DECOYS AND DECIMAS EXHIBIT. Children under 12 were admitted free to both exhibits.
Carl Gaines takes the
Ducks, Decoys & Decimas
Tour (March 16, 2013) - "Ducks, Decoys &
Decimas" Tour presented by Bill Hyland, Parish Historian of St. Bernard,
Louisiana to Canary Island visitors at the Los
Isleños Fiesta 2013! (8m6s)
BATTLE OF NEW ORLEANS ANNIVERSARY - Chalmette National Battlefield - January 5th – 6th, 2013 or January 12th – 13th, 2013 - Date to be determined by National Park Service
LOS ISLEÑOS FIESTA - Los Isleños Museum Complex - Saturday, March 16th – Sunday, March 17th, 2013.
Mar. 17 & 18, 2012 36th ANNUAL ISLEÑOS FIESTA / Los Islenos 2012 Fiesta YouTube Video 1 / Video 2 Video 3 - Highlights.
The Gift Shop opened during fiesta and took in $3200. Please remember to stop by and shop. We have ordered some books of interest to our history and our culture and will be adding things as we go along. We need something we will volunteer to take an inventory on what we have on hand.
April: ISLEÑOS ON THE BAYOU - Pitot House, New Orleans - April 13th – 14th, 2013 or April 20—21, 2013
Canary Islands/Memorial Day
Sunday, May 26, 2013, we will once again celebrate Memorial Day and Canary Island Day by attending 9:00 AM Mass at St. Bernard Church followed by a ceremony in St. Bernard Cemetery. After the ceremony in the Cemetery, we will honor the Vietnam veterans of St. Bernard by hosting a luncheon for them and their families at the Isleños Center at 11:30 AM. We will eat at noon. Please invite a veteran. It is our time to remember all who gave their lives that we can be free to thank those who fought and survived.
Feast Of St. Bernard - St. Bernard Church and Cemetery August 8 - 9 AM Mass.
October date to determined at Los Isleños Complex - Location 1357 Bayou Rd., St. Bernard, LA; Call Lloyd “Wimpy” Serigne at (504) 251 – 6322
November 7 & 8 2013 9am till 3pm - Time: Call Lloyd “Wimpy” Serigne at (504) 251 – 6322 - 1345 – 1357 Bayou Road, St. Bernard Village.
CRY YOU ONE
CRY YOU is an outdoor performance that moves to several locations in the Parish. This performance investigates land lost in Southeast Louisiana and how land loss relates to cultural loss in the areas most affected by land erosion. Their goal is to get people out on the land, to witness the rapidly-changing landscape and to hear stories from people most affected by this change. The performances will take place on four weekends (October 18 through November 10, 2013.) This is something to look forward to and something the Isleños Community will find interesting. Choose a weekend and save the date.
Islenos Christmas Extravaganza
Los Islenos Museum Complex - December 8, 5pm - Location 1357 Bayou Rd., St. Bernard, LA; Call Lloyd “Wimpy” Serigne at (504) 251 – 6322