La Luz Hispana Celebrates 2nd Annual Gran Festival
The sparkling rhythms of the Latin music summoned the residents of Hampton to Band Shell Park at midday on Saturday, June 3, for the Gran Festival, the annual fundraiser of La Luz Hispana. The event evolved over several months with a small committee of Hampton townspeople meeting faithfully at La Luz Hispana every Wednesday to share the headway of their committees.
Six food trucks lined the western edge of the park with tasty aromas drawing children and adults to review the possibilities and make the choices. The abundant assortment of booths lining the sidewalks of the spacious park attracted the passersby: quality silver jewelry and ware, beauty products, clothing, housewares, face painting, crafts, headbands, popcorn, local radio stations, newspapers, businesses and restaurants, to name a few.
The agile “Rising Sun Karate” group opened the Gran Festival program at noon. The group of young people in their dazzling white uniforms and colorful sashes performed flawlessly for the gathering audience. La Danza Folklorica group in flamboyant colors, with vibrant Mexican music, attracted the gathering throng toward the stage as the various groups of children and women demonstrated exuberant steps for a delightfully memorable hour. The applause after these brilliantly colorful and graceful dances was enthusiastic.
Adults and children, some wearing the colorful festival T-shirts, stopped to check out this year’s grand prize, a bright silver Chevrolet donated by Guido’s International Motors and many more amazing raffle items. Guido Vidal, whose family donated the car for the raffle, and Joyce Blum, and her late husband Lee, owners of La Luz Hispana’s building, were recognized on stage as the festival’s main sponsors.
Excited children rushed with their parents to buy the bracelets allowing them to mount the inflatables, play the abundant selection of games for prizes, go to the petting zoo, or ride the trolley.
Tyler Menken, a beloved faculty member of the Hampton Dumont grade school, remarks on Facebook: “I love this amazing celebration! I love that I am part of such a great community that shows support for this wonderful celebration.”
Guido Vidal published this vote of thanks after the event: “In the name of La Luz Hispana we thank everyone for the massive participation. This means that we are always united and we thank Sisters Carmen Hernandez and Maura McCarthy and the organizing committee of this event; thank you also to the authorities of the city of Hampton, especially the mayor for permitting us to realize this event and to the police for caring for us and protecting us.”
Sisters Carmen and Maura were also elated and gratified by the participation of so many Hampton residents, Sisters of the Presentation and associates, and the Hernandez family who volunteered their help to make this event a success.