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Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces celebrates return of Summertime Tardeada Festival

Local community favorite Mariachi Sol Azteca from Tucson performs at the 2019 Summertime Tardeada Festival at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church. Photos by Frank X. Moraga / ©2019 AmigosNAZ.com

Click on photo above to see slideshow from the 2019 Summertime Tardeada at www.AmigosNAZ.com

 

FLAGSTAFF — Temperatures in the mid-80s could not deter community members and supporters of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces as the region celebrated the return the Summertime Tardeada Festival at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Flagstaff.

More than 200 people attended the celebration, which included music by community favorite Mariachi Sol Azteca, along with newcomer to the festival, Mariachi Tradicíon de México, both from Tucson.

Mariachi Sol Azteca has now performed in all five of the Summertime Tardeadas in Flagstaff, and is a fan favorite at the annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

The Summertime Tardeada took last year off due to the unexpected death of 2018 Nuestras Raíces President Cristina Anaya and long-time Nuestras Raíces supporter and World War II veteran Tomas Vega.

In memory of Cristina Anaya, the mariachi group performed one of her favorite songs, a performance that deeply touched her family.

The celebration also included the annual recognition and group photo of veterans, who were all awarded with certificates in honor of their service. Nearly a dozen family and vendor booths surrounded the newly upgraded parking lot in an event that also featured traditional Mexican food, a raffle and a spirited performance by Ballet Folkorico de Colores — Flagstaff.

Veterans were also invited to have their individual portrait taken at the event so they can be included in future recognition banners created by Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces. Veterans and family members are also encouraged to send photos of local service members via email at president@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org

THANK YOU SPONSORS

Coconino County Supervisors: Liz Archuleta,

District 2 Art Babbott,

District 1 Jim Parks, District 4

Arizona Public Service (APS)

AZ Team Flag / Domino’s Pizza

Coconino Community College ALAS Club

Dennis Chavez

Coconino Hispanic Advisory Council (CHAC)

Greenlaw Barber Shop (Richard Coroma)

La Fonda Mexican Restaurant

Lamp Post Hair Salon

Pablo Lopez III & Eusebio Lopez

Lozano Enterprizes Inc.

Mike and Rhonda’s — The Place (Missy)

Military Order of the Purple Heart Dale Crick Chapter 793

Mission Foods

Nestlé Purina

Safeway on Cedar Avenue

San Francisco de Asis Parish

Walmart Westside

Mariachi Sol Azteca, Mariachi Tradición de Mexico to perform at Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada on June 29, 2019


Veterans are encouraged to arrive by 11:30 a.m. so they can participate in the traditional group photo and receive their veterans recognition certificates.

FLAGSTAFF, AZ (June 21, 2019) — To celebrate and recognize Flagstaff’s Hispanic roots, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces invites the public to attend its fifth annual “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada — Mariachi and Folklorico Festival” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff.

The event is free, open to the public and has drawn upwards of 400 visitors in past years.

What is a Tardeada? It’s a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture and community history. The Coconino County Board of Supervisors is the premier sponsor.

The festival’s goal is to celebrate the legacy of Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture through entertainment, music, dance, art, food and exhibits. Veterans are encouraged to arrive by 11:30 a.m. so they can participate in the traditional group photo and receive their veterans recognition certificates.  

The entertainment stage will feature Mariachi Sol Azteca and Mariachi Traditión de Mexico from Tucson, Ballet Folklorico de Colores – Flagstaff and dance music by DJ Armando.

The event will also include an “Oldies” car show (from the early ’60s back to the 1940s) and a raffle. Mexican and regular barbeque food will be sold as a fundraiser for the Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces’ Cultural Heritage Fund.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church is a significant historic site because it was the pride and centerpiece of the Hispanic community when it was built in the late 1920s by Flagstaff Hispanic pioneer families, who had strong bonds to the church.

So for locals and visitors, escape triple-digit temperatures in the rest of the state, bring your lawn chairs and canopies and enjoy the cooler mountain breezes of Northern Arizona.

A Mariachi Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 30 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

The public is invited to both events. Visit www.flagstaffnuestrasraices.org or send an email to president@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org or info@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org for more information.

Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada returns June 29, 2019

 

FLAGSTAFF — To celebrate and recognize Flagstaff’s Hispanic roots, Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces invites the public to attend to the return of the “Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada — Mariachi and Folklorico Festival” from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff.

The event is free and has drawn upwards of 400 visitors in past years.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church is a significant historic site because it was the pride and centerpiece of the Hispanic community when it was built in the late 1920s by Flagstaff Hispanic pioneer families, who had strong bonds to the church.

What is a Tardeada? It’s a vibrant afternoon festival and social dance celebrating Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture and community history.

The festival’s goal is to celebrate the legacy of Flagstaff’s Hispanic culture through entertainment, music, dance, art, food and exhibits.

The Tardeada will feature mariachi and folklorico performances, a tribute to Hispanic veterans in the region, a raffle and Mexican and regular barbecue food sold as a fundraiser.

So escape the triple-digit temperature in most of Arizona, bring your chairs and canopies and enjoy the cooler mountain breezes of Northern Arizona.

More details to come…

To participate as a vendor or sponsor, please send an email to Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces President Delia Munoz at president@flagstaffnuestrasraices.org

Click on photo below to view photos of 2017 Tardeada celebration

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Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces celebrates 2017 Summertime Tardeada Mariachi & Folklorico Festival

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces celebrates ‘2016 Summertime Tardeada’

Record crowd attends 2nd annual ‘Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada and Oldies Car Show’

Northern Arizona veteranos honored at Tardeada 2015

Car show adds shine to Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada 2015

Mariachi Sol Azteca & Compania de Danza Folklorica Arizona make successful return to Tardeada 2015

Community dances the day, night away to sounds of Grupo Fierro of Tucson at Tardeada 2015

Inaugural ‘Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada and Oldies Car Show’ on June 28 draws larger than expected crowds

 

Flagstaff Nuestras Raices to participate in 2019 Armed Forces Day Parade

May 18, 2019 Armed Forces Day Parade

FLAGSTAFF — Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces will participate in the 13th Annual Flagstaff Armed Forces Day Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 2019 in downtown Flagstaff.

The parade theme is “Freedom is Not Free.”

To register for the parade, RSVP to flagstaffafd2018@gmail.com

Call 928-286-7446 for more information.

Click on photo below for slideshow of 2018 Flagstaff Armed Forces Day Parade

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2018 Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

 

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Photos by Frank X. Moraga / ©2018 AmigosNAZ.com

Click on image above to see a slideshow of the celebration

FLAGSTAFF — Nearly 300 luminarias lite the way for hundreds of worshipers to took part in the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration early Wednesday morning at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chapel.

Members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces began placing and lighting the luminarias shortly after 5 a.m. in time for worshipers to take part in the services, which included a Rosary, the singing of  Mañanitas and Mass. Café y pan was then presented downstairs at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center (The Basement) following the services.

The annual celebration began the evening before with a procession from Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Chapel to San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church where there will be a presentation of the Our Lady of Guadalupe play

Remembering Christina Anaya

FLAGSTAFF — Members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces and the wider community of Flagstaff were sadden this week to hear of the passing of Christina Anaya, a life-long community advocate in the region.

Christina was serving as president of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces and presided over the planning of the 2017 Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada, the group’s participation of the 2017 Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona and the 2017 Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration.

She was a volunteer for a number of community groups and organizations, including the Flagstaff Police Department, a member of Sociedades Guadalupanas at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Flagstaff.

“It is with great sadness today (May 15) the Flagstasff Police Department learned they lost a friend and family member. Ms. Christina Anaya,” the department stated on its Facebook site. “Christina volunteered her time at the PD for more than 12 years. She has worked in Records, National Night Out and other community events and assigned to the Detective section going through pawn slips! Her smile and fun attitude will surely be missed. Thank you for your service and commitment to our community. We are all lucky to know you.”

Christina received the 2015 Big Award, one of three volunteers from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Flagstaff recognized for their work with the organization, according to an article in the Arizona Daily Sun.

She will be missed by all who have known her.

Rosary is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church, 224 S. Kendrick St., Flagstaff. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 21 at San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church, 1600 E. Route 66, Flagstaff. The burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery, and please join us for a reception at San Francisco parish center, 12:30 PM.

See the Arizona Daily Sun story of May 18 for more information.

Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces remembers veteran, Hispanic pioneer Tomas Vega

2017 Tardeada — Tomas Vega
Tomas H. Vega, front row far right, stands at attention while being honored with other veterans during the 2017 Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada.
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Tomas H. Vega during World War II.

FLAGSTAFF — Members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces would like to remember the contributions of Tomas H. Vega, a Flagstaff native, who passed away on March 14 at the age of 96. Mr. Vega was a regular at many of the group’s functions, including the annual Summertime Tardeada at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and the annual Celebraciones de la Gente at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

He was a part of America’s “Greatest Generation,” landing on Omaha Beach during the Normandy invasion in June 1944.

He will be honored, along with other Hispanic veterans, during the 2018 Armed Forces Day Parade in downtown Flagstaff.

For more on his remarkable life, please visit the Arizona Daily Sun story HERE.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration 2017 to be held Dec. 11-12

Photos by Frank X. Moraga / AmigosNAZ ©2016

FLAGSTAFF — The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 with a procession from Our Lady of Guadalupe Chapel, 224 S. Kendrick St., to  San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church, 1600 E. Route 66.

After a brief stop for a hot food and drink potluck at the Flagstaff Fire Department Station No. 2, the procession will proceed up the hill along Ponderosa Parkway to San Francisco de Asis Catholic Church for a Mass at 7 p.m.

Festivities will begin the next day at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 12 with a Rosary, Mananitas at 6:30, Mass at 7, followed by Café y pan at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church.

The church will be encircled by an estimated 300 luminarias, placed there by members of Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces.

Activities will conclude with a community potluck at 8 a.m, Dec. 12 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church Cultural Center “The Basement.”

“Monday evening is the vigil of the celebration of the patron saint of the Americas, Our Lady of Guadalupe,” wrote Father Patrick Mower in the parish’s Dec. 10 bulletin. “There is a beautiful celebration and procession from OLG Chapel up to our church on the mesa. We stop at the fire station (at the bottom of the hill” for a short rest with refreshments before we head up the hill. There are dancers, songs and prayers as we honor our Lady. Although many may thing this to be a “Hispanic” event, our Lady is the patron of all the Americas, not just Mexico and Central America. How nice would that be if the crowd doubled in size and race as we all walk in procession to celebrate Mass in honor of Mary together as a Church, the people of God, not divided but united in Christ. There is a bus that will leave here at 5:15 p.m. to take people down to OLG so that your cars will be here waiting for you after the Mass. We start the procession at 5:30 p.m. The whole trip is only 2.2 miles. Hope to see you there. God’s blessing on you all, you are loved.”

See slideshow from 2016 Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

Photos by Frank X. Moraga / AmigosNAZ ©2016