“Heritage Picnic at the Vineyard” of Philippine American Heritage Council to be co-sponsored with Halbrendt Vineyard and Winery in Adams County
Amidst the cancellation of virtually every type of public event and all Filipino summer picnics organized by various groups due to the Pandemic (Covid-19), the Philippine American Heritage Council is holding a “Heritage Picnic at the Vineyard” to be co-sponsored this year with – and at – Halbrendt Vineyard and Winery at Orrtanna, PA, near Gettysburg in Adams County.
All Americans interested in celebrating their heritage are invited to attend and bring a dish to share.
Heritage Picnic at the Vineyard August 30, 2020, from 11 am to 5 pm| Halbrendt Vineyard & Winery 1150 Evergreen Way Orrtanna, PA 17353 Co-Sponsors: Philippine American Heritage Council & Halbrendt Vineyard & Winery
Because of the pandemic and concern for safety of attendees of our annual Heritage Fiesta, previously held at a larger park to accommodate growing number of attendees each of the past 8 years, the Philippine American Heritage Council in collaboration with Halbrendt Vineyard & Winery owner, Dr. Noemi Halbrendt, are proud to announce a smaller and limited attendance summer “Heritage Picnic at the Vineyard” at the vineyard viewing area. There are strict requirements for attendance, such as advance registration and more.
Bring your own folding chairs, table (if you prefer) or blanket for seating, and your own dish to share with others. Because of the Pandemic, we will have volunteers (wearing masks) serve the food once you place it on the common serving table. Bottled water will also be served by our volunteers.
There will be dancing with a “Let’s Go Country” theme this year and a limited performance by KalayaanUSA Cultural Ensemble. Guests are encouraged to wear country-western outfits.
Rollz On Wheelz, a Filipino-American owned food truck specializing in Filipino Cuisine (the first in Central PA), will be at the picnic to sell the popular Filipino refreshment called Halo-Halo and all regular meals in the menu like Pancit & Palabok (2 rice noodle dishes distinctly prepared in different way and different set of ingredients), Fried Spring Rolls and Deep Friend Cassava.
Picnic attendees and winery visitors can buy foods from the food truck, to either bring home or to consume at the picnic. And a portion of the sales will be donated to PAHC, to help pay for picnic supplies.
CDC and state of PA guidelines require guests to wear masks on their way in to the picnic and when they are in close proximity with other guests, either talking or moving around the picnic area (but not once seated and getting ready to eat).
At the registration table, someone will be taking the temperature of new arrivals with a use of contactless sensor thermometer. No one with a fever or without a facemask will be admitted.
Attendees are required to pre-register in advance in order to assure that we have the correct amount of supplies (ice, paper plates, paper cups, etc.
Hand sanitizers in touchless, sensor activated dispensers will be available at the registration table and at the food table. Each arriving guests will be required to sanitize their hands before they settle in and mingle with friends and periodically during the picnic.
Food and water with utensils (disposable plate, cup, knife, fork, spoon, napkin) will be served only by designated volunteers at the food table section area.
Some surprise entertainment will be presented before and after lunch and social dancing is encouraged/ required to ensure that safety guidelines for outdoor gathering is strictly followed.
Halbrendt Vineyard & Winery is offering 10% discount for each bottle of wine purchased by registered guests.
They also announced at their Facebook Fan page that the seating area near the tasting room of the winery will be open to visitors and they can purchase foods from the food truck and local cheese plate meals will also be available for them in the winery.
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
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
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
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
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
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Philippine American Heritage Council Chairman Salutes U.S. Navy & NAVSUP in Mechanicsburg, PA
Says E Pluribus Unum means a united States of America
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The Dance Troop of the Philippine American Heritage Council at a practice session in an area park, preparing for their debut performance at the 3rd annual picnic on Aug. 3. Clockwise, starting lower left corner: Priscilla Bachman, Emy Delgaudio, Milagros Thomas, Mary Anne Nielsen, Emee Hemme, Jhoann McCarthy. Their next and last practice will be “full dress rehearsal” with their new costumes.
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