Grupo Flor de Izote to play Central American music at Thursday evening concert series
Contact: Emily G. Prigot, 508-996-4095 x 6105
The 2013 Thursdays in the Park Concert Series continues its weekly summer series
with a performance of Central American music and dance by Grupo Flor de Izote.
A group of Mayan marimba players will also perform. The free concert takes place
Thursday, August 15 from 6:30-7:15 in the New Bedford Whaling National Historical
Park garden (33 William Street). In the event of inclement weather, the performance
will be moved indoors. The Thursday Evenings in the Park concerts take place each
week during the summer, with the last concert taking place on August 29.
The event will offer Central American music and dance featuring dancers and musicians
from El Salvador and Guatemala. Grupo Flor de Izote is comprised of Salvadorans who
live in New Bedford and are members of the Fundacion Romero, an organization dedicated
to the memory of Archbishop Oscar Romero. A spokesperson for the group explained, “The
Izote flower is the national flower of El Salvador, the goal of our group is to maintain and
promote the cultural values of El Salvador by involving youth in different events and activities.
Dance reminds us that despite our troubles we can find and spread joy to others and keep the
cultural roots of our ancestors alive.”
New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park was established by Congress in 1996 to help
preserve and interpret America’s nineteenth century whaling industry. The park, which
encompasses a 13-block National Historic Landmark District, is the only National Park Service
area addressing the history of the whaling industry and its influence on the economic, social, and
environmental history of the United States. The National Park visitor center is located at 33
William Street in downtown New Bedford. It is open seven days a week, from 9 AM-5 PM, and
offers information, exhibits, and a free orientation movie every hour on the hour from 10 AM-3 PM.
For more information, call the visitor center at 508-996-4095, go to www.nps.gov/nebe, or visit the
park’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/NBWNHP.
Did You Know?
By the 1840s, black sailors constituted about one-sixth of the labor force; and by 1900, West Indians, Azoreans, and Cape Verdeans had become a majority.