Written by Katherine Athanasiou, email@example.com Sunday, 26 January 2014 00:00
Estampas Folkloricas Peru kicked off their 2014 season this past weekend with a performance at the Hicksville Public Library. The nonprofit organization delighted the packed community room with numerous traditional dances from several regions of Peru.
Estampas Folkloricas Peru (EFP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting Peruvian culture and folklore. The group was started by Luis Mostacero, a Lima, Peru native who came to the United States in 2000. He had a background in performing and dancing in Peru and wanted to start a dance group with the intention of “preserving, promoting, and diffusing Peruvian folklore and cultural manifestations through traditional music and dance.”
“With the support of my family, I was able to start it. It started small, but now there are about 18 members,” Mostacero says. In the 14 years since its creation, EFP has taken part in numerous festivals and celebrations honoring Peruvian culture, in communities across the Tri-state area as well as in Pennsylvania and Washington D.C.
Within the organization itself lays tremendous diversity, as members hail from all different regions of Peru. This makes each dance they perform its own unique experience, encompassing the varying traditions and costumes of the Peruvian coast, mountains and jungle. Sunday afternoon’s performance included dances from several regions of Peru, which illustrated the importance of agriculture and romance to the Peruvian people.
The performance included the Wititi dance as well as the Marinera, the national dance of Peru ,which was performed by nine-year-olds, Ariana Padilla and Bryan Rodriguez. The Marinera is an elegant and spontaneous dance, in which the man attempts to conquer the women, who remains ever so playful. Using handkerchiefs as props, the pair court each other, until the woman ultimately accepts the man’s proposal.
As the dancers transitioned between costumes and dances, the large audience was entertained by Peruvian music played by Walter Rojas. Rojas played a variety of pan flutes, and his rendition of “My Heart Will Go On,” was a crowd favorite. He also played the charango, a five double stringed instrument, belonging to the lute family.
At the end of the performance, the members of EFP invited audience members to join them on stage, teaching attendees of all ages basic Peruvian dance moves. Learn more about Estampas Folkloricas Peru at www.estampasny.com.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.
A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.
State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.
“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.
However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:31
The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization
— From Hicksville High School
Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:47
The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.