LEE, Mass. — The town will celebrate Massachusetts Founders Weekend, for the 16th time beginning Friday, Sept. 24.
Featured events of Founders Weekend kick off with “Taste of Lee,” on Friday, Sept. 24, with food vendors and area restaurants lining Main Street with everything from clam chowder to crabcakes to pizza, fried dough and more; live music will be provided Moonshine Holler and the Housatonic Philharmonic.
On Saturday, Sept. 25 at 11 a.m., the “Hometown Parade,” organized by VFW Post 893, takes center stage. Following the parade is Robin O’Herin singing the Blues in front of Main Street's Cakewalk Café, and kids' favorite Terry a la Berry on the Lee library lawn at 1:30 p.m. Festival Italiano begins at 1 p.m. with food, and Richard Fabozzi takes stage under the tent in the park. Festival Latino takes over the park at 4 p.m. with more food, music and entertainment celebrating Lee’s Latino community.
Sunday, Sept. 26 at 8:30 a.m., the Lee Kiwanis Club offers a pancake breakfast and at 1:30 p.m., the Tri-Town Rotary and Lee Chamber of Commerce put on a Duck Race. The full Eagles Band performs under the tent in the park at 1 p.m.
Throughout the three-day period, look for sidewalk sales, restaurant specials, craft vendors, live music, children’s activities and a host of other things to do. Go to www.leefoundersweekend.com for a complete schedule of events, or call the Lee Chamber of Commerce at 413-243-0852 for more information.
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Festival Latino of the Berkshires pay tribute to the official Berkshires celebration of federal Hispanic Heritage Month! (September 15th-October 15th) This is the only event in the area that brings so many Latinos together to take pride in their heritage. Attending Festival Latino continues to be a free source of curriculum enrichment. Letters inviting faculty, staff, and students are sent to school districts throughout Berkshire County. A 4-hour program of folkloric dance from many different Latin American countries entertains and educates the audience with the ceremonies, rituals, and stories of these exceptionally rich cultures. Many people have expressed their deep appreciation for this cultural infusion each year.
Entertainment will begin at 4:15 PM featuring Fraternidad Folklorica Boliviana from Providence RI. This group is the only dance ensemble from Bolivia that cherishes a timeless legacy and cultural history in New England
This year the Festival is privileged to present Puerto Rican Folkloric dance ensemble Danza Fiesta from New York City, led by director-choreographer, and international performer Gilda Rivera-Pantojas. This dance and theater company will perform two vignettes of Puerto Rican Folklore at 5:00 PM.
Colombia Bicentennial Celebration guest La Compañía Artística Cali Salsa Pal Mundo, touring the US and led by director-choreographer and dancer Miguel Angel Reyes, will perform in the Berkshires for the first time. La Compañía Artística practices Cali Colombia-style Salsa, displaying its fast rhythms and quick steps. Cali Salsa Pal Mundo dancers keep their upper body still, poised, and relaxed, while in their footwork execute endless and precise intricacies. La Compañía Artística Cali Salsa Pal Mundo, are former dancers of the Ballet Nacional de la Salsa de Colombia, who have performed worldwide.
Mexican Bicentennial Celebration guest and acclaimed award-winning folkloric dance company Estampas Folklóricas Mexicanas, from the Bronx will perform. Other ballets that will perform at the park include the Ballet Folklórico Perú, the most beloved Peruvian folkloric group from New Jersey, Salsa and Salseritos con Clase Latin Dance Company from Springfield, MA, and other Berkshire Latin artists, including Loyda Adames, Flamenco Dancer: Rumba & Fandango and Galo Gomez La Nueva Cancion. Please come and join us for this one of a kind cultural event! Dancing follows at Bogey’s Restaurant on South Main Street in Great Barrington, MA with music provided by Charlie Cajares and his band
Everyone is invited to enjoy this celebration of Latin American culture! See you there!
For further information, please contact Liliana Ortiz-Bermudez at 413-243-3961 or Gladis Rave at 413-329-0206. The festival website is www.festivallatino.org