Eighth Annual Event features Heritage Music and Dance Performances by local entertainers and dance troupes, Heritage Dishes & old fashioned burgers & hot dogs
The 8th Annual Heritage Fiesta, a potluck picnic event, featuring a series of dance and musical performances by local south central PA entertainers will take place this Saturday, July 6, 2019 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Cousler Park, (Pavilions C & D) at 1060 Church Road, York, PA 17404, with remarks by keynote speaker, recently elected PA State Senator Doug Mastriano (PhD., Colonel, Combat Vet, retired U.S. Army) and all candidates on the November, 2019 election ballot and all incumbent officeholders invited to make brief remarks and to mingle with the picnic attendees. State Representative Mike Jones has also confirmed to attend and speak.
This is the fourth year in which Philippine American Heritage Council (PAHC), the original organizer of this event, has renamed the annual picnic as “Heritage Fiesta” to celebrate the heritage, origins and culture of Americans.
PAHC is joined for the fourth year by co-sponsors York County Action and New Americans by Choice. And for the third year Conservative Christian Center is a co-sponsor of the Heritage Fiesta.
Attendees to this family-oriented, “Fiesta” event are asked to Bring-A-Dish, especially one celebrating your own heritage, to share with at least 10 to 15 people. Because past events have had an overflow crowd, an RSVP is suggested to RSVP@PhilippineAmericanHeritage.org. A nominal admission is asked, $2 per person, $3 for couple & $5 for family, and bring your own lawn chairs or blankets for seating in case the limited picnic-bench seating is all filled up. And you can also set up your tent if you are bringing a crowd or want company (we don’t ask entertainers or speakers to bring a dish or pay any entrance fee).
Highlights of the event include: wide variety of Heritage dishes, Cultural & Contemporary Performances, short program, cultural exhibits & sponsors’ literature/information tables, sound system, “meet and greet” by candidates and officeholders, Salute to Veterans, and fun activities for all ages, to include: group dancing, games for kids, etc.
Some of the most superlative and accomplished dance troupes of south-central Pennsylvania are featured at this year’s Heritage Fiesta.
The talented ladies of Bongga Ka Day dance team of Harrisburg will be putting in their third performance at the Heritage Fiesta. Some of our members have attended their events and it is well worth the ride – this is one of the most welcoming and friendly of any Filipino Heritage group we have encountered.
We are excited to announce a first-time appearance will be put in by the Dancing Divas of Cumberland.
The popular Halo-Halo Youth Dancers of Harrisburg and Hershey are putting in their second appearance at Heritage Fiesta. They have also done several joint appearances with the KalayaanUSA Cultural Ensemble.
First time appearances to entertain attendees at Heritage Fiesta will be Richel West (Singer from Cumberland), Musician Parker James Hooker(York, PA), Ukelele Uprising (orchestra of Lancaster).
Last but most certainly not least is the dance troupe of the founding organizer of this Heritage Fiesta, the KalayaanUSA (Freedom-USA) Cultural Ensemble featuring cultural & contemporary dance performers of South Central PA, sponsored by the Philippine American Heritage Council, making their sixth summer picnic appearance to celebrate what is best about Philippines and American culture, history, faith and beliefs..
This annual Heritage Fiesta begins at 11 AM with the buffet table opening at 12 noon, and a short program that will start at 12:30 PM, with PA Senator Doug Mastriano as the guest of honor and Keynote Speaker, addressing the crowd at 1:00 PM. A retired U.S. Army combat veteran, Mastriano will speak on the subject of American exceptionalism.
As we always like to remind our fellow Americans, who knows better than first generation new Americans, what is great about America? Who gave up more, to leave behind their country, family, friends and relatives, to come to America?
Originally organized and operated by the Philippine-American Heritage Council since 2012 as a “Heritage Picnic,” the organizers of the event rebranded this festive summer event in 2016 as a “Heritage Fiesta” and have been reaching out to other heritage communities and those interested in American heritage to join in the fun and sharing. We celebrate unity with diversity –differences make life interesting and fun.
Legislators and Candidates for office always find this event a more relaxed venue to meet and greet people, especially those within the immigrant community, who are not usually involved and engaged in the public policy arena, but might have concerns and questions to ask their legislators and candidates who want their vote.
In more recent years with Conservative Christian Center joining as a co-sponsor of the annual Heritage Fiesta there has been more attendance by church-going, conservative minded York County residents.
Refreshments, burgers, hotdogs, condiments, ice, plates, cups, napkins and utensils are provided by the sponsoring organizations.
The organizing committee seeks Donors and Sponsors, who support their mission: “To work together to embrace and appreciate the cultural diversity in our community. As well as to be dedicated to preserve and share the best of the Christian, freedom heritage and culture of our adopted country America, and of our countries of origin.”
Heritage Fiesta Sponsors – such as Giant Food and in the past two years several Democratic Party candidates for office – help underwrite this event and are also given the option to have a literature table, as are all incumbent officeholders. Even if you bring your check with you to the event your sponsorship or other donation is very welcome or you may write to Chairman@PhilippineAmericanHeritage.org to support the Heritage Fiesta this year or next year.
Heritage Fiesta also welcome volunteers to assist during the main event, to work with any of the following committees: Cultural and Informational Display/Set-up, Food Set-up, Guests Registrations, Student who need volunteer hours are welcome to assist in any of the committees to get community service credit.
The November 2019 candidates
of the Republican and Democratic Party are all invited to speak, as are the Republican and Democratic Party
York County Chairmen. As
of this date, candidates who have pledged to attend include: Sandra Thompson (Democrat,
Court of Common Pleas Judge), Julie Wheeler ((Republican, York County
Commissioner), Stacey Duckworth (Democrat, Clerk of Court), Sandra Harrison (Democrat,
Prothonotary) and Shane Becker (Republican candidate during the primary, now
running as Democrat, for Sheriff)
PA State Representative Mike Jones (93rd District, PA State House of Representatives), will introduce Senator Mastriano and will give his own brief remarks after.
Heritage Fiesta Facebook event page:
LINKS/CONTACT INFO OF PERFORMERS:
Bongga Ka Day Facebook account: http://bit.ly/2twtsSR
Dancing Divas, contact by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Richel West (Singer), contact by email: email@example.com
Parker James Hooker (Artist & Musician): email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ukelele Uprising: contact by email to Dana or Dave at email@example.com