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NJHS hosts Annual Halloween Community Family Festival

2003-10-09

Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Historical Society is celebrating Halloween with a Puerto Rican flair! Come in costume, grab a goody bag, and join us on Saturday, October 25, 2003 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. for "It’s a Puerto Rican Halloween: Annual Community Family Festival" at 52 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102. The festival is open and free to the public.

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, the festival highlights the Historical Society’s new exhibition ¡Que bonita bandera! The Puerto Rican Flag as Folk Art, which explores the ways in which the Puerto Rican flag is used as a form of cultural expression and identity. The exhibition, created by New York’s City Lore, features traditional objects, color photographs, carnival vejigante masks, and samples of murals and urban memorial wall art, all using imagery of the Puerto Rican flag.

The festival will also feature a special performance by Segunda Quimbamba, a percussion and dance ensemble from Jersey City, at 2:30 p.m. The ensemble will play authentic plena, the drum music of Puerto Rico reflecting its African heritage.

In addition, families can participate in a number of art activities, including making carnival vejigante masks, adding a scene to the Halloween mural, and decorating mini-pumpkins.

For more information, please contact Maribel Jusino-Iturralde, Community Programs Coordinator, at (973) 596-8500, ext. 233 or email: mjusinoiturralde@jerseyhistory.org.

This program was made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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