Hemming Park gets ready for second Hispanic heritage celebration

Hemming Park; image Indie Art SouthIt’s no secret Hemming Park is one of my favorite places in Jacksonville. You see so many different kinds of people, and it’s wonderful to talk to many of them. I can’t think of another location in North Florida that features events celebrating all the different mixes of cultures our city is blessed with. On September 21, the Park will host the second Hispanic heritage Celebration, and I can guarantee you it will be a lot of fun.

Salsa lessons at Hispanic Heritage Celebration Hemming Park in Jacksonville, FL
Salsa lessons are part of the fun at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration set for September 21 at Hemming Park in Jacksonville, FL. (Still shot from video: @hemmingpark on Facebook.)

An announcement on the Hemming Park Facebook page fills you in on what’s in store at the Hispanic celebration. There will be a free concert by Tampa’s Orchestra Fuego and dance instruction by Monarch Ballroom and Dance Studio. Mariachi Primera Costa will make a special appearance, and deliver some tunes that make you want to salsa even if you don’t know how. Take a look at the video at Facebook about this event, and you’ll see what I mean. There are two fellows dancing with the instructor, and their hearts are definitely in the salsa realm.

A number of food trucks will be there, and the Jacksonville Transportation Authority is giving free rides on the Skyway to get you downtown from 12 noon to 10:30 PM.

By way of disclosure, both my daughters have performed in the park for weekday lunch events. Each week a variety of musicians perform and different food trucks are there for you to enjoy what I call a “plein air” lunch. It’s shady and cool, usually with a nice breeze, and there will be tables and chairs for those who want to have a bite and enjoy music in the great outdoors.

Coming up on Friday, Sept. 13, will be The Rip Currents, self-described as “Spreading the gospel of surf music to all four corners of the realm!” You can see a full calendar of events at the Hemming Park Website.

I’ve been able to go to a couple of these weekday events when Rebecca performed solo, but she and Jen will perform as The Crazy Daysies duo on Friday, Sept. 20. I’ve met so many wonderful people there.

For a long time, since we moved to Jacksonville, I’ve loved the downtown area. I dream of the day we might buy one of the older buildings to live in and to create a studio for musicians. It’s definitely just a dream, but you never know what opportunities life might bring. After all, I could win the lottery and that would do the trick!

The Hispanic Heritage Celebration pays tribute to the long influence of the Spanish culture and language on our state. After all, it was Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León in 1513, who after his exploration, came to the Sunshine State and called it “La Florida.” On the same day the Hispanic Heritage Celebration is held,  MOCA Jacksonville, the Jax Public Library, and the Museum of Science and History will also hold special events.

Meanwhile, I have another dream. I would really really like to learn to salsa. 😊

(Kay B. Day/Sept. 12, 2019)

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