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Cheekwood’s 14th Annual
EL DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
Fall Festival
Saturday, November 2, 2013
11:00am – 5:00pm

Admission:
$12 - Adutls
$10 - Seniors
$5 - College Students w/ ID
Free- Youth (3 - 17)
Free - 2 and Under
50% MILITARY DISCOUNT for military personnel. (Must show current military ID.)
Cheekwood Members - FREE
(Must present membership card and photo ID upon entry)

 

The festivals of Mexico and Latin America are world renowned for their colorful decorations, energetic music, and cultural significance. Los Dias de los Muertos, the Days of the Dead, are no exception! The holiday is one of the most important celebrations in Latin America and demonstrates the culture’s strong sense of love and respect for one’s ancestors while celebrating the continuance of life. Join in the festivities and learn more about this unique holiday as you tour the altars, shop in the marketplace, explore traditional arts and crafts, and enjoy live music and dance at Cheekwood.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT: Click below for the full schedule.


ART & ACTIVITIES
PAPEL PICADO: Take part in the Mexican art of paper cutting.
MONARCH BUTTERFLIES: Learn about the significance of the butterflies as you create your
   own colorful Monarch.
PAPER MARIGOLDS: Make a colorful marigold, the traditional flower of the holiday.
MEMORY TREE: Add your thoughts to the colorful tree of memories.
CALAVERAS MASKS: Make a colorful skeleton mask to wear during the festival.
• BARRILETES: Create a colorful kite like those flown in Guatemala on the Day of the Dead.
SUGAR SKULLS: A Día de los Muertos tradition! Decorate a sugar skull to honor your ancestors.
POSADA PRINTS: Be inspired by legendary Mexican printmaker Jose Posada. Draw and print your own design!
MOLD-A-SKULL: Learn the importance of the skull as a symbol of the holiday and mold your own out of clay.

TAPETE DISPLAY & COMPETITION
What is tapete? Tapete is the Spanish word for carpet. Usually made with colored sand, these “carpets” are a tradition for Día de los Muertos because, like life, they are temporary. At Cheekwood, participants will use a similar temporary medium, chalk, to create the large-scale colorful murals to honor the deceased. Experience the brilliance of these custom designs before they wash away!

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
CANE RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
DAVIDSON ACADEMY
EAGLEVILLE HIGH SCHOOL
FATHER RYAN HIGH SCHOOL
FRANKLIN HIGH SCHOOL
HILLWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
NASHVILLE SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
OAKLAND HIGH SCHOOL
ST. BERNARD ACADEMY
ST. CECILIA ACADEMY
STATION CAMP HIGH SCHOOL
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NASHVILLE

ALTARS
One of the most important aspects of the Days of the Dead is the creation of a memorial altar for the departed, known as an ofrenda. All across Mexico and beyond, families honor their ancestors by creating altars decorated with items that the deceased enjoyed in life. Learn more about this tradition as you tour the creative ofrendas designed by local groups and organizations!
CATHOLIC CHARITIES OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE
CONEXIÓN AMÉRICAS
FUTURO of TSU
IMAGINATION LIBRARY OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE
JUMP from TIRRC
NASHVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY
TENNder CARE
UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF NASHVILLE INTERNATIONAL CLUB
VANDERBILT CENTER for LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES
VANDERBILT SOCIOLOGY STUDENTS
YMCA LATINO ACHIEVERS


VENDORS

Colorful open air markets line the streets of Latin America during the celebration. Local merchants sell food, flowers, art, and handmade items which people buy to decorate their altars and tombs. Visit the vendors at the festival to discover the talent of local artists, shop for unique gift items, and taste traditional foods!

ART & GOODS
CHEEKWOOD GIFT SHOP: Event T-Shirts and More
FRIDA FOLK ART: Local Artist | Handmade Arts & Crafts
RACHEL HERNANDEZ HENSLEY Local Artist | Handmade Arts & Crafts
GIRL STUDIO: Local Artist| Handmade Arts & Crafts
LUCKY CHARM JEWELRY: Local Artist | Jewelry and More
VERA’S INNOVATIONS: Local Artist | Mexican Arts and Crafts
THE INTERAMERICAN HEALTH ALLIANCE: Handcrafted Textiles and Crafts from Guatemala
BE A BLESSING: Bracelets handmade by orphans in Guatemala
HISPANOAMERICA SOUTH AMERICAN SOUVENIRS: Traditional Apparel and Crafts from Peru
EL BAUL: Local Artist | Handmade jewelry
LALA & PAPEL: Local Artist | Recycled notebooks & journals
THE MAKE-UP NINJA: Local Artist | Traditional Face Painting

FOOD
LA HACIENDA: Traditional Mexican Buffet
YAYO’S O.M.G: Food Truck | Original Mexican Gourmet
MAS TACOS POR FAVOR: Food Truck | Tacos & More
KARLA’S CATERING: Empanadas, Churros, & More
LA HACIENDA BAKERY: Bread of the Dead | Pan de Muerto
CONEXIÓN AMÉRICAS: Café Rumba Roast Fair Trade Coffee
LAS PALETAS: Gourmet Mexican Popsicles
HAPPY BELLY: Food Truck | Authentic Mexican Food
QUE DELICIAS: Empanadas, patacones, and desserts
ACAPULCO BURRITO: Food Truck | Authentic Mexican Cuisine
NELLY’S HANDMADE SWEETS: Alfajores, Empanadas & More
MARIA'S SNACKS: Esquites, Aguas Frescas, Chicharrones

 

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