Members of the Instituto Campechano’s Ballet Folklorico – with frequent changes in costumes – presented their traditional dances, captivating the audience May 10 at the African American Cultural Society (AACS).
The nine-member team of the institute – made up of juniors and seniors from the Campeche, Mexico college – got their day, as well as changing up their costumes for the May 4 to May 12 presentations in Volusia County.
It was an attention-grabber from the students of Campeche in the Yucatan Peninsula on the Gulf of Mexico.
A news brief from the AACS read that the secular folk dances developed out of a diverse, cultural amalgamation of Spanish, Indian, French and Afro-Cuban dance and music.
“They are a beautiful group of young people, and they’ve been very respectful of their visit. For most of them, it’s their first visit to the United States,” said Dixie Blake, president of the Sister Cities Association of Volusia County.
A warm welcome
The association provides student exchange and scholarships, and promotes cultural understanding, appreciation, and awareness through outreach with Stetson University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Daytona State College.
For the other mutually beneficial projects, the organization pairs with students from Bayonne, France; and Diamantina, Brazil.
Students are put up by host families, and for the presentation at the African American Cultural Society, Palm Coasters John and Sybil Lucas welcomed the performers.
Setting the tone and tenor of welcoming them at the AACS were president Joseph Matthews and the treasurer/ project manager, Reinhold Schlieper.
Impressed by the joy and beauty radiating from the performers’ eyes, former Florida State Poets Association President Joseph Cavanaugh wrapped up the show with a signature tribute in English and Spanish, and titling his poem, “The Eyes of the Dancers.”
Art gallery event to feature Ryan
The Art of Carnival will engage artist Weldon Ryan in a Meet and Greet at the Bronze Kingdom African Gallery, May 23, 6 to 9 p.m., at 3201 East Colonial Drive, Orlando.
Complementing the exhibit is an art tour, a question-and-answer session, wine and cheese made available, and an exclusive 15% discount on the works by the artist.
Tribute to moms
Activist Anna Maria Jarvis, determined to hone in on her mother’s request to celebrate Mother’s Day, wrote Congress following her mother’s death in 1905.
A bill passed, proclaiming the second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day.
Jarvis officially commemorated Mother’s Day in 1908 at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton, West Virginia. She regretted requesting the holiday because it has become too commercial, and so, she called for its recall.
But, among the sentiments and the loving acts of kindness destined for mothers on Mother’s Day, the mothers also enjoy stepping out in style, like the mothers featured on this page.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.
Birthday wishes to Gillard S. “Tre’s’’ Glover III, May 18; Joy Eurie, May 19; Donna M. Gray-Banks, Ernest “Toney the Barber” Robinson, May 21; and Betty White, May 22.
Happy anniversary to David and Joy Eurie, May 16; Arthur and Loretta Pete, Stanley and Phyllis Henderson, May 19; and Sidney and Violet Honeyghan, May 20.