Wednesday, March 18, 2009

STC club brings Valley heritage to life at Starr County festival

South Texas College’s Border Studies Club will host a Cultural Festival at the college’s Starr County Campus in Rio Grande City on Thursday, March 26 at 6 to 9 p.m. The event celebrates the Rio Grande Valley’s rich cultural heritage.
The club was founded by STC History Instructor Elizandro Muñoz Jr. with the idea of promoting and preserving the rich cultural history, traditions and lifestyle of the region.
“History helps us learn about the past and understand where we came from,” said Muñoz. “The valley has a great story to tell, and we invite people to come and enjoy what promises to be both an educational and fun event for people of all ages. The event is free and we invite the community to visit the STC Starr County Campus and enjoy an evening of rich cultural entertainment.”
Scheduled to perform are the Mercedes Mariachi Nuevo Sendero. The Bear Clan will also set up a tepee and display original bows and arrows, perform demonstrations on how to make arrow heads, as well as show fire starting with flints and more. Living history performers will wear period costumes and provide demonstrations and exhibits on 1800's spinning and weaving and fur trapping. The Texas Apache people will also display artifacts.
The Tejano Cookers will set up a campsite with a 100-year-old Chuck Wagon from which they will make and serve Pan de Campo. Local musician and award winning and nationally recognized artist, Roel Flores will display artwork with local valley themes. Flores’ artwork emphasizes Conjunto music themes.
For more information about the event or STC’s Border Studies Club, contact Elizandro Muñoz at or at 973-7630.

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