ONE Greenport to Celebrate Village’s Diversity

Event poster designed by Greenport High School student Leslie Perez
Event poster designed by Greenport High School student Leslie Perez

ONE Greenport, a committee formed to celebrate the cultural diversity of the village of Greenport, will host a Cultural Festival on June 4 from 1 to 4 p.m. in Mitchell Park.

The multi-cultural festival will feature a Colombian guitar duo, the Greenport High School a cappella group, gospel singers and a clown.

MainStage Dance Academy and a Guatemalan dance group are also scheduled to perform and a display of artwork from Greenport School students will be in front of the carousel.

Food will be available from local restaurants, but attendees are also invited to bring a picnic lunch. There will be a soccer match at Greenport School after the festival.

ONE Greenport is a group organized community leaders including Greenport School Superintendent David Gamberg, Greenport Village Trustee Doug Roberts and Diana Gordon, author of “Village of Immigrants: Latinos in an Emerging America,” about the history and present challenges of immigrants in this seaport community that has long welcomed people from other shores.

Mr. Roberts sponsored an initiative earlier this year to designate the village a “Welcoming Community.”

The resolution, a series of statements about the village’s history of welcoming immigrants, says that “by recognizing and applauding the contributions that we all make to sustain and enhance our already vibrant culture and growing economy, we continue to make our community more prosperous and more inclusive to all who call it home.”

The rain date for the Cultural Festival is June 11.

For updates, visit One Greenport — Cultural Festival’s Facebook event page.

Beth Young

Beth Young has been covering the East End since the 1990s. In her spare time, she runs around the block, tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at editor@eastendbeacon.com

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