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, 30 August 2014 00:00
Who says a bride has to wear white on her wedding day? For South Asian brides, no color is off limits including brilliant reds, blues and golds. For the past 17 years, Vastra in Hicksville has been helping brides from New York and across the country find the perfect dress for their special day.
There’s no lack of Indian sari boutiques in Hicksville but according to Marketing Director Prachi Jain, what sets Vastra apart from the others is its emphasis on one of a kind, hand-embroidered Indian dresses.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Many would consider it rude to play with your food. That is unless, you’re participating in the Long Island Potato Festival. The event, which was held in Cutchogue, NY, included a mashed potato sculpting contest which was dominated by Hicksville’s Sarah Tsang, who won first place in the youth division.
Contestants were allowed to use any tools and materials to help bring their creation to life. Sculptures were left on display throughout the day and voted on by festival goers.
Friday, 29 August 2014 00:00
Somehow LSA, the Levittown Swimming Association, has always been a part of our Hicksville summers. My family’s introduction to the organization in 1975 began when our two older daughters tried out for the Parkway Swim Team, one of the nine teams that competed through July and most of August.
It was no small task for the younger girl, swimming her first full lap in the deep end of the pool to qualify at age six, but both girls made the team and donned the coveted gray tee shirts as the trees cast their shadows over the pool water at the end of practice.
Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00
I’m convinced that the soul and the center of Hicksville is Cantiague Park. And why not? Every weekend it’s a beehive of activity ranging from tennis matches, hand ball games, basketball and baseball games, swimming, hockey and of course ‘the beautiful game’ called soccer. Cantiague has two professional soccer fields that are perfectly manicured and begging to be played on. And they were. This weekend was the finals of the East Meadow Soccer Tournament which is one of the largest youth soccer tournaments in the nation, sponsored by the US Soccer Federation. There were 18 boys and girls teams in the finals and a large staff of referees.
Two of the refs were Steven Orozco and Randy Vogt who told me how soccer had been growing and has now become the second most popular participation sport in America with 25 million of us watching this year’s World Cup. I also met and interviewed Joe Codispoti who along with Tim Bradbury is the head coach of Rockville Centre United, a U16 boys club. This U16 team has a group of standout players led by Jack Graziano, AJ Codispoti and Pat Basile who have been playing together for six years.