NORTHUMBERLAND — All month long, residents can learn about and embrace Hispanic heritage.
In September, county council officially proclaimed the month of October as Hispanic Heritage Month.
“It is the first time in the history of our county that this recognition was granted to an ethnic group, in this case the Hispanic community, represented by the Northumberland Hispanic Cultural Club,” said the club in a recent release.
The club kicked off the month-long celebrations at the Colborne Art Gallery on Oct. 4, with the official opening of an exhibition of Latin American art, ‘Nuestra Historia.’
The art exhibition presents works by Hispanic-Canadian artists and painters and also includes photos from the publication, 150 Stories and Images of Arrival in Northumberland.
“We are here to celebrate a new chapter within the Hispanic community, we want to thank Northumberland county council for their continued support throughout the years since we started,” said Mario Pareja, president of the Northumberland Hispanic Cultural Club, in his opening speech at the exhibition.
At this time, Pareja also spoke about the donation made at the end of last year to the Red Cross to help in the aftermath of an earthquake in Mexico. An economic contribution has also been made this year to the Northumberland Horizons of Friendship’s Migrant Worker Outreach Program, he said.
The exhibition at the art gallery remains on display until Oct. 28. Also this month, county restaurants are participating in a Latin-Licious Gourmet Festival and there’s the Northumberland Hispanic Film Festival, which runs from Oct. 25 to Oct. 27 at the Loft Cinema in Cobourg.
A Hispanic Mellows Concert is set for Oct. 28 also at the Loft Cinema. More information on events is available via www.northumberlandhispanic.ca.
Northumberland County — It's Hispanic Heritage Month in Northumberland — the first time in the history of the county that an ethnic group has received such recognition.
County council noted in its proclamation that the Hispanic community “is one of the fastest growing in Ontario,” with more than 400,000 first, second and third generation Canadians of Hispanic origin living in the province.
Northumberland “is home to a flourishing Hispanic population,” supported by the Northumberland Hispanic Cultural Club (NHCC), whose work includes “educating people on the importance of the Hispanic culture and traditions” in the county.
The club kicked off a series of special events it has organized with the official opening of an exhibition of Latin American art and heritage in the Heritage Room at the Colborne Art Gallery on Oct. 4.
"We are here to celebrate a new chapter within the Hispanic community,” said NHCC president Mario Pareja, who thanked county council for its continued support of the club through the years.
The art exhibition features Hispanic-Canadian artists such as painters Cesar Morris (Peru), Carla Gonzales (Venezuela), Montse Alvarado (Mexico), Angel Facundo (Philippines) and Emilio Ojeda (Venezuela).
The heritage exhibition, Nuestra Historia, presents photos and bios of more than 20 individuals that were included in the publication "150 Stories and Images of Arrival in Northumberland."
“It shows us how much different cultural diversity there is here that we should know about and celebrate,” said Barrie Wood, a member of Heritage Cramahe who serves as a liaison with the Northumberland Art Gallery.
People have chosen Northumberland and “found it a terrific place to live. All of them say 'I love it here.'”
The residents are welcoming and “it's a great place to live and raise your family ... or retire,” Wood said.