Port Isabel Museums Day of the Dead Celebration 10/30 1-7p

The Museums of Port Isabel Celebrates their Annual Los Colores del Muerto!

The Museums of Port Isabel, in collaboration with the City of Port Isabel, the Laguna Madre Museum Foundation, the Port Isabel Economic Development Corporation, the Laguna Madre Art League, their Annual Day of the Dead festival – “Los Colores Del Muerto” on Saturday, October 30, 2010 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Port Isabel Historical Museum, 317 E. Railroad Ave. in Port Isabel.

Dia de los Muertos, Day of the Dead, is a Mexican custom of celebrating all souls and all saints day in a festive atmosphere. Because the Mexican culture find joy in remembering loved ones who have passed away, they spend a night and a day at the burial sight of the deceased family members, honoring the memories of their lives. Traditionally, the Day of the Dead was a three day and three night festival that mixed Spanish Catholicism with Mesoamerican Indian roots. The ancient custom has now been transformed to fit the Mexican-American households of today. The Mexican culture believes that deceased children return to visit Earth on the last day of October, and the faithful dead return on November 2nd. At this time every year, families gather at cemeteries to clean and adorn the graves of their deceased loved ones. The Museum celebrates the heritage and artistic expression of this custom with traditional and non-traditional altars and festivities.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS: Throughout the day there will be Day of the Dead Altars and Artwork on display in the Treasures of the Gulf Art Gallery.

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Live Music with Laura Cerda

2:00 p.m.: Skull candy workshop with Jessica Villescaz & Omar Fonseca & Altar making in a cigar box workshop with the Laguna Madre Art League

3:00 p.m.: Special Day of the Dead Play by Gloria Bates

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.: Ken Trevino featuring Short Stories, Poetry & Music

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.: TBA

DAY OF THE DEAD T-SHIRTS: A limited number of Day of the Dead t-shirts will be available! Based on the poster design, the artwork features a stylized skull using motifs important to Port Isabel history, including the Port Isabel Lighthouse, a shrimp boat and Gulf shrimp. They will be available for sale at the Museums Gift Shop.

VENDOR INFO: If you are interested in vending opportunities at the Day of the Dead event, contact Jeannie Marie Aby at 956/943-7602 or email: jrivera@copitx.com.

NEW!!! -From 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. – A PORT ISABEL COMMUNITY STREET DANCE will be held on Railroad Ave. in front of the historic Champion Building! The public is invited to attend this free event. Live music, vendors and lots of family friendly fun!