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 is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she 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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