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Dia de los Muertos Events Remember the Past, Look to the Future

Nov. 1, 2012

Tori Brock

Fall is a time for giving thanks, remembering what you have and spending time with loved ones.

Events are planned this week to help remember those lost and honor those left behind. Today from 2 to 3:15 p.m., the Huntsville Public Library will host a Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead ceremony in the community room. There will be bread prepared for the celebration and Beth Williamson is bringing her advanced Spanish class to help explain and describe the celebration. For more information on library events, call Denise Tilson at (936) 291-5471.

A nighttime event is planned for Saturday at the Wynne Home Arts Center and the Gibbs-Powell Home Museum. The Heritage Fundraiser Dinner, "Remembering the Past," will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. at each location.

The night begins from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Gibbs-Powell Home with a photo exhibit, "Tales from Oakwood," by Barbara Sloan.

Betsy Milligan-Maloney with Friends of the Wynne Home said the photo exhibit is not to be missed.

"The Gibbs-Powell House is not open all the time, so we are taking advantage of this time to show off these beautiful photos of Oakwood Cemetery," she said. "This is the second year (the Wynne Home and Gibbs-Powell Home) have had a function together."

A Dia de lost Muertos memory table will be set up at 5:30 p.m. at the Wynne Home. Adelina Moya will speak on the tradition. Attendees are asked to bring a photo of a lost loved one to place in the home for the service.

"Everybody is encouraged to bring photographs," Maloney said. "She's going to talk about what that means to the Latin American and Spanish people and what it means to us. With that in mind, we're going to have a buffet that's got a Spanish flair. Carbonero is providing pulled pork and rice and roasted chicken. We'll have a really nice dinner."

Live music will be provided throughout the evening by the No Foolin' String Band. The band will play from 4 to 5:30 p.m., stop for dinner and resume playing from 7 to 9 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

"The No Foolin' String Band is really good and a lot of fun," Maloney said. "We are also highlighting the prison art exhibit at the Wynne Home. This will be a very relaxed, nice evening."

Funds raised will go toward operating expenses at each home throughout the year.

Anne Barker with Friends of the Wynne Home said the fundraiser is a joint effort and monies raised will be split between the two homes.

"There's a lot coming up for the holidays and this is a way for us to raise money for the functions we hope the public will take advantage of," Barker said. "Our next event will be the historic homes tour on Dec. 2."

The Wynne Home Arts Center, Gibbs-Powell Home and Museum, Kellogg-Pritchett Home and the Joshua Houston Home will all be on the homes tour from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2.

Tickets for the Heritage Dinner fundraiser are $30 each or $50 per couple and are available at the Wynne Home, Gibbs-Powell Home or the Huntsville Main Street office. For more information, call the Wynne Home Arts Center at (936) 291-5424, Kristie Stevens at (936) 661-3446, or e-mail

Source: (c)2012 The Huntsville Item (Huntsville, Texas). Distributed by MCT Information Services.

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