Monroe, NY – A day of both national pride and celebration of Latino culture is coming to the Hudson Valley this fall. On September 12, the first ever Hudson Valley Fiesta Latina at Museum Village will take place in Monroe. SUNY Orange is among the many local sponsors for this exciting event. Feel the warmth of Latin culture as live salsa music fills the air. A variety of fun-filled activities and games are planned, along with appearances by noted speakers, book giveaways, vendors and much more. This free event will run from 10:00 AM until 6PM on the Museum Village grounds.
Prior to the official start of the festival, “Milagros for Colon Cancer,” a benefit 5K Run/Walk, will begin at 9:00 AM. Registration for those interested in participating in this race will begin at 7:30 AM. Advanced registration is also being made available online at register.eagletiming.com.
During the day’s celebration, several influential Latino community leaders of the Hudson Valley will be given special recognition. Those include the Honorable Dr. Eli Avila, MD, JD, MPH, FCLM – the Orange County Commissioner of Health, who is one of the most qualified and credentialed Americans of Puerto Rican heritage who holds public office in the Hudson Valley, Richard Vasquez, Police Chief Town of Woodbury. Additionally, we are honoring reporter Ms. Barbara Bedell of the Times Herald for her work on “Community Inclusion.”
Fiesta Latina promises to be a thrilling exhibition of hallmark Latin culture as legendary Latino icon and Grammy Award Winner Willie Colon is scheduled to make a special guest appearance. A noted Nuyorican salsa trombonist and band-leader, Colon is also a prominent social activist and champion of Latin causes. Additional music will be provided by the thrilling sounds of Grammy Award nominated Latin recording artists, “New Swing Sextet” along with traditional Musica Tipica by Caribenos.
In the words of Hudson Valley Fiesta Latina at Museum Village, Chairman Rubén Estrada, “The Fiesta Latina is a celebration of American History promoting Family, Faith, and Country. Sharing the goals of the 19th Century living history of Museum Village, this gathering will provide an experience of history and culture to provoke thought, discussion, and educational enrichment. Moreover, we wish to encourage and promote American History within the newly arriving Latino immigrant community.”
Families are encouraged to come and bring children who will be able to learn all about local Latin culture and American history. Face painting will be a featured activity, and refreshments will be on hand. In a related gesture of community concern, Orange County Sheriff’s office Operation Safe Child directed by Barbara Martinez will also is issuing free Safe Child Cards for those children in attendance.
Proceeds from “Fiesta Latina” are to benefit the Museum Village and The Food Pantry at Iglesia Pentecostal Ebenezer in Middletown and “Milagros for Colon Cancer,” a benefit 5K Run/Walk. A unique cultural event, and the first of its kind for Museum Village, the festival is providing a rich cultural experience for a worthy cause.
Enquiries are welcome and can be made to the festival committee at 845-537-1307 or to the Museum Village at 845-782-8248. The Museum Village is located at 1010 State Route 17M in Monroe, New York. Admission is free, and free parking will be made available at Museum Village’s parking facilities. Aside from SUNY Orange, sponsors for Fiesta Latina include The Museum Village itself, Red Pillar Consulting, LLC, The Niki Jones Agency as well as Orange County Sheriff, Orange County Executive and many more. Fiesta Latina is presented by The Latino National Republican Coalition of New York State, Inc.
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