February 22, 2020

News Update

Edited by William de Marigny Hyland


I thank everyone who is working so hard to support Los Islenos Fiesta 2020.  I also thank our generous donors.  The festival promises to be a great success with God’s good help!

BEN CROWE, President


FIESTA 2020 VOLUNTEER DATES – please support your Society!

Preparations for Fiesta 2020 scheduled for March 7 and 8, 2020 have been moving ahead, though very persistent rainy weather has complicated grounds preparation efforts.  Nevertheless, despite water-logged, spongy grounds, preparations remain on schedule.  Empanadas and croquettas are in freezer storage provided by the St. Bernard Parish School Board.  Lafitte Frozen Foods donated 100 pounds of peeled frozen shrimp and the remaining 400 pounds have been purchased and are also in freezer storage.  Louis Pomes and Parish Government work crews have begun to work on the preparation lists and Parish President Guy McInnis is completely supportive of the festival as he always has been.  Sheriff James “Jimmy” Pohlmann and his staff, Lieutenant Eric Eilers, have met with Society representatives and resources of the St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Department necessary to the success of the festival have been identified and will be brought to the forefront before, during and after Los Isleños Fiesta 2020.  Donations have been received for the Fiesta daily and continue to come in by mail.  Office of Tourism and Film Director Katie Tommaseo secured a $2,500 grant from Lt. Governor Nungesser’s Louisiana Seafood Board to help subsidize the cost of oysters.  The Membership Committee and the Fiesta Committee have been working overtime.  Fiesta Chairperson Kathy Serpas Ziegler and co-chairperson Jeanne Lagarde have worked tirelessly to keep the process moving forward.  Now, the Society needs your help to make Fiesta 2020 a success:

  • FRIDAY, February 28, 2020, 10:00 a.m. until ??????   Cut chicken, sausage, seasoning, etc.  Luncheon will be served.  Please bring a sharp knife and cutting board.  Please bring old newspapers.
  • SATURDAY, February 29, 2020, 10:00 a.m. until ??????    Cut up fruit for sangria, sausage and whatever else is necessary.  Please bring a sharp knife and cutting board.  Luncheon will be served.  Please bring old newspapers.
  • THURSDAY, March 5, 2020, 10:00 a.m. until ??????    Many different projects will be occurring.  Susie Esteves will be baking in the Esteves House and needs your help – please call Susie at (504) 451 – 3201.  Additional food preparation will take place as well in addition to setting the grounds.  Luncheon will be served. 
  • FRIDAY, March 6, 2020 10:00 a.m. until ??????    Necessary to complete setting up grounds, food pavilions, food preparation and baking.  Please call Susie Esteves to volunteer for baking and sweet preparations at (504) 451 – 3201.  Luncheon will be served.

LOS ISLEÑOS FIESTA 2020 – March 7 – 8, 2020



Dessert Committee chairperson Susie Esteves needs your help!  Susie will be baking in the Esteves House March 5, 2020 and March 6, 2020 from 10:00 a.m. until sunset each day.  Tres leches cakes, brownies, cookies and other delectable sweets will be prepared.  Donations of additional homemade cookies, rice crispy treats and bread pudding are very much needed for the Dessert/Sweet Booth.  Please call Susie at (504) 451 – 3201 to make donations or answer questions about the booth.  YOUR SUPPORT WIL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED!!!


Maxorata Folkloric Group from Fuerteventura Island will perform in the auditorium at Nuñez Community College Wednesday, March 4, 2020.  A wine and cheese reception will be held in the lobby of the auditorium from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The performance by Maxorata will begin at 7:00 p.m.  The reception and performance are free of charge and opened to the public.  Nunez Chancellor Tina Molero Tinney invited the group to perform for Fiesta 2020.  She is a niece of Society founder Frank Fernandez and shares his passion for her Isleño heritage.  Her great-great grandparents, Valentino Molero and Rita Alfonso were very early settlers at Shell Beach and had been born in Bencheque settlement, today called Reggio.  Her great grandparents, Brooks Molero and Adele Nuñez, were well respected residents in Yscloskey and Shell Beach.  Brooks’ nephew, Manuel Molero, founded Delacroix Corporation and his last home in St. Bernard Parish became El Museo de los Isleños in 1980.  Brooks Molero helped to rear Manuel Molero after his parents, Valentino Molero and Manuela Nuñez, died while Manuel and his siblings were very young.  Her grandfather, Louis Molero and her father, Melvin “Mully” Molero helped to found Los Isleños Society in 1975-76.  Dr. Tinney has worked relentlessly to enhance Nunez Community College during her tenure as chancellor and is preparing to improve finding aids for the Frank Fernandez Collection in the near future.  The Society expresses its gratitude to Dr. Tinney for helping us to promote Fiesta 2020 and supporting the preservation of our culture in such a meaningful way.

LENT SEAFOOD DINNERS at St. Bernard Catholic Church

St. Bernard Catholic Church will offer its annual seafood dinners every Friday during Lent except Good Friday, April 10, 2020.  The dinners will be served in Iverson Hall February 28, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27, and April 3 at 5:00 p.m. each Friday.  St. Bernard Catholic Church was established in 1785 and is the oldest church parish downriver from New Orleans.  It served the Canarian colonists who founded St. Bernard Parish and all others who lived in the original Poblacion de San Bernardo which lined the banks of Bayou Terre-aux-Boeufs.  St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery is the oldest cemetery in the New Orleans area, establish in 1787 two years before St. Louis Cemetery no. One in New Orleans in 1789.  St. Bernard Cemetery is the final resting place of not only the original European colonists who founded St. Bernard, but also of Enslaved Africans, several from the Congo, Filipinos and Fee People of Color all of whom resided in St. Bernard more than two centuries ago and contributed to its development. Veterans of the American Revolution – Galvez Expedition, Battle of New Orleans (more identified interments than any other cemetery in the region), the Mexican-American War, Civil War, World war I, World war II, the Korean Conflict, Vietnam, Desert Storm and other conflicts are all buried in St. Bernard Catholic Cemetery.   These dinners, a great social event in Eastern St. Bernard, are a very important fundraiser for St. Bernard Catholic Church.  Make every effort to attend these Lent dinners – you will not be disappointed!!