Bright Blessings and Dark Blessings
Starting on Wednesday, October 30, and lasting until November 2, 2013, the Lorenzo Cultural Center http://www.lorenzoculturalcenter.com/ at Macomb Community College shall host a series of exhibits, a film, and workshops celebrating the Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. All events are free, but preregistration is required.
This is the time of year when, almost universally in this hemisphere, the Veil is seen at its thinnest. Thus, the Wheel turns, and we honor the Beloved and Mighty Dead. For those of Latin descent, this Tradition is wonderful.
The line up of presenters features Gary Flemming, Ph. D., professor of International Studies and Latin American culture; Chef Scott O'Farrell C.E.C., C.E.P.C., C.C.A., instructor of culinary arts; Mary Meier, professor of Anthropology and Archeology; and Maria Ramos, professor of Spanish language and Latin American culture.
- "Day of the Dead Collecion": An exhibit of photographs taken by Michigan journalist and author Jerry Morton. Registration Code: 14934
- "De la Cocina al Ojo": A collection photographs circa 1905 - 1940, depicting eating spaces and culture. Registration Code: 14934
- "Altar Display": Ofrenda, or altars, presented with traditional Day of the Dead offerings like flowers and candles. Registration Code: 14934
All the materials in the above exhibits are on loan in an agreement with the Mexican Consulate of Detroit http://consulmex.sre.gob.mx/detroit/.
- "Remembrance: An Altar-Making Workshop": facilitated by Prof. Ramos, participants will be led through the process of creating their own Ofrenda, or altar. Limited supplies will be provided, however it is requested that family photos of the member honored should be brought. Registration Code: 14940 Wednesday Oct 30, 12 pm - 1 pm, or 14941 for Thursday Oct 31, 10 am - 11 am.
- "An Altar for a Friend": led by Prof. Flemming, the tradition itself shall be discussed and personal insights shared from his own practice. Registration Code: 14946 for Wednesday Oct. 30, 2pm - 3:30 pm
- "Food for the Ancestors": a film which examines the festival events as filmed in Puebla. Features include the consumption of Mexican grassshoppers, ant eggs, and mostuitoes, gravesite sittings ancestors are waited for, Dance of the Volodores, and arts such as mask making and skull artwork., Registration Code: 14942 for Thursday Oct 31, 12pm - 1pm, or 14943 for Sunday Nov 3, 2pm - 3pm
- "Tamalada: Making Tamales": Chef O'Farrell shall showcase the delectable dish, which is customarily featured on the ofrenda and eaten during this time of year. Registration Code: 14945 for Thursday Oct 31, 2pm - 3pm
- "Las Momias: The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato": Professor Meier shall facilitate Q&A following the film, which covers death customs in Mexico ranging form Pre-Columbian thru modern day. Special interest will be given to the mummies of Guanajuato and the exhibit which was created at the Detroit Science Center, Now the Michigan Science Center http://www.mi-sci.org/, in honor of their lives. Registration Code: 14944 for Saturday Nov 2, 1pm - 2pm
To register for the events, one should call 586-445-7348. Each event must be identified by registration code. To register online, please go to http://www.LorenzoCulturalCenter.com..
The Albert L. Lorenzo Cultural Center is located inside the Macomb Community College campus at 44575 Garfield Road (at Hall Road), Clinton Township, MI, just a little under an hour from downtown Detroit.
Cannot make it to the events listed here? Have your own. Go to http://www.celebrate-day-of-the-dead.com/day-of-the-dead-altars.html to learn how to have your own celebrations.
Also, do not forget Detroit's own Mexican Town's "Run of the Dead" 5K event on Saturday November 2, 2013, 9:00am-1:00pm, http://www.savorsouthwestdetroit.org/event-2013-Run-of-the-Dead-A-Race-Through-SW-Detroit-105.html!