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  • The Schwartz readies for 2013 Hispanic Heritage Celebration

  • The Schwartz Center for the Arts' second Hispanic Heritage Celebration will be packed with cultural activities sure to educate and entertain the whole family.
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  • The Schwartz Center for the Arts' second Hispanic Heritage Celebration will be packed with cultural activities sure to educate and entertain the whole family. This year's event had to be spread out across Friday and Saturday because one day wouldn't do it justice.
    Friday will start things off with ethnic grooves and moves from Peruvian singer and dancer Dayan Aldana and her outfit, the Latin Ensemble.
    Sylvia Cowell, executive director of the Schwartz Center for the Arts, admires the dynamics that Dayan brings to the event, since Dayan is originally from Peru, although she now lives in Virginia.
    "Sometimes groups will put together some Hispanic arts and culture," said Cowell, "but it's not really a group that's from that culture. [However], I think we'll get a real authentic, true flavor from this group; it has the whole ensemble of singing, dancing and playing instruments."
    The Hispanic Heritage Celebration will resume on Saturday afternoon with several attractions to see and do including enjoying Hispanic cuisine, being entertained by a talent show, and viewing an art exhibit of works by late painter and Argentina native Norma Varisco de Garcia, who's formerly of Georgetown.
    A panel discussion will also be held on the topics of Hispanic issues such as transportation, education, health and social services, and more. The discussion will be led by keynote speaker Javier Torrijos, chairman of the Delaware Hispanic Commission.
    In addition, Saturday will conclude with an evening screening of the documentary "Hands of Harvest," followed by a question-and-answer session. The film chronicles the journey of migrant Mexican women who travel to fishing villages on Maryland's Eastern Shore to pick crabs in seafood plants scattered along its rural shores. The project reveals the sacrifices and struggles these women endure to keep the crabbing industry afloat on the Eastern Shore.
    Director Adrian Muys was attracted to telling this story because of its irony.
    "You have this Chesapeake American industry and it's really being propped up by this small group of women," said Muys, of Washington, D.C. "These small groups of women are coming from small villages and are essential to keeping this iconic industry going. I thought this was a great deal of irony. But [these Mexican women] don't even know it."
    Muys, who isn't Hispanic (his mom is from Austria and his father is from Holland), says he feels privileged to share "Hands of Harvest" during the Hispanic Heritage Celebration.
    Page 2 of 2 - "It's an honor to be involved in the celebration," Muys said. "It's such a special film for me because I was embraced into a community of people that I would have never met if I had not made the film. I learned a lot about how hard it is to come here and sacrifice everything in order to help provide for your family back home."
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Dayan Aldana and Latin American Ensemble at Hispanic Heritage Celebration 2013
    WHEN 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4
    WHERE Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover
    COST $25 for adults; $20 for seniors; $15 for children
    INFO Visit schwartzcenter.com or call 678-3583
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT Ethnic foods, music, art show, panel discussion and film, "Hands of Harvest" at the Hispanic Heritage Celebration
    WHEN 1 p.m., Saturday. "Hands of Harvest" will be screened at 7 p.m.
    WHERE Schwartz Center for the Arts, 226 S. State St., Dover
    COST Free
    INFO Visit schwartzcenter.com or call 678-3583
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