Flagler Heritage Festival coming this month

Jeroline McCarthyVivian Richardson has announced that “Heritage Crossroads: Miles of History” has embarked on another “Flagler Heritage Festival.’’ It is scheduled for Sept. 28, 29, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., at Thunder Gulch Campgrounds – U.S. 1 near Royal Palms Parkway, Bunnell.

Richardson is chairman of the board of directors of the African American Cultural Society (AACS), president of the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization (AACHO), and secretary of the Heritage Crossroads Committee (HCR).

Richardson says that plans have evolved for the family-orientated weekend, featuring exhibits and information on Flagler County history from historic organizations on the campgrounds at the Black Cloud Restaurant.

Vivian Richardson
Vivian Richardson

Plenty of history, food, crafts
They’ll kick off in a luncheon for descendants of pioneer families, celebrating their contributions of a rich history. Kid-friendly arts and crafts will be a delight for the youngsters. The African American Cultural Society has scheduled their quilters and quilts, and an informational table has been set up by the Heritage Crossroads Committee.

Mark Noel has prepared “A Historic Espanola Schoolhouse” display, making up the African-American experience in Flagler County, and titled: “Warmth from The Same Sun”  – and designed to capture not only the aspirations of African-Americans, but a central theme in Florida history.

There’s everything from fabulous motorcycles and antique cars to early Native-American settlement demonstrations, plus music as a delight by instrumentalists, re-enactment actors impersonating Henry Flagler, Francisco Pellicer, and Native Americans – one offspring a direct descendant of Pocahontas. In addition, there’ll be a variety of food and merchandise on sale.

The cost is $2 for a motorcycle and $5 per car to park.

Richardson says the festival is a joint effort by the Heritage Crossroads Committee, community volunteers, Daytona State College volunteers, local businesses, and the county and city governments of Flagler County.

The Heritage Crossroads Committee in addition must be commended, along with Festival Chairman Barb Kelly and Co-Chair John Siebel.

HCR meetings are held monthly on the first Tuesday, 9 a.m., first floor at the Government Services Building, 1769 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell.

For further details, call Kelly at 386-439-1646.

Meeting for Delta Gems, Academy scheduled
Vikki Taylor, public relations journalist for the Palm Coast/Flagler County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, announced that an informational meeting will acquaint young women in middle and high schools with the Delta GEMS/Delta Academy in the Palm Coast/Flagler County area.

The GEMS/Academy, sponsored by the Flagler County chapter, will have an orientation Sept. 22, 4 p.m., at the Government Services Building, third floor, 1769 East Moody Boulevard, Bunnell.

Sheryl Lewis, GEMS/Academy lead advisor, says the youth initiative focuses on enrichment through education, as well as expanding the outlook on the possibilities that exist within society.

The Flagler County GEMS/Academy recently visited Kennedy Space Center to observe the employment opportunities and explore what a good math and science education could come up with.

All who are interested are encouraged to attend the orientation.

For more details, send email to conage@bellsouth.net.

Jacob Oliva to speak at NAACP meeting
The Flagler County NAACP will hold its monthly meeting Sept. 24, 6 p.m., at the African-American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast. The community is invited to hear Jacob Oliva discuss the state of education in the Flagler County schools. He is assistant superintendent of Flagler County Schools.

To obtain further details, call the NAACP at 386-446-7822.


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