Music, Culinary Delights and More to Highlight Hispanic Heritage Month

September 9, 2010 – Dutchess Community College will mark Hispanic Heritage Month with events including a poetry and music show, dance workshop and even a chili cook-off scheduled from Sept. 21 – Oct. 19. All events are free and open to the public.

The festivities will kick off on Sept. 21 with a performance by the group Andes Manta, who will use more than 35 traditional instruments to play music of the native peoples who resided near the Andes Mountains. The show will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the James and Betty Hall Theatre.

Next is a lecture on Sept. 23 called “Beans, Seeds and Spuds of Latin America” which will reveal both the culinary and mythological significance of produce from the Americas. It will be held at 12:30 p.m. in Bowne Hall, room 122.

On Sept. 25, the events will continue with a performance by balloon artist Allynn Gooen who will create sets, props and costumes to tell Hispanic-themed stories. The show is part of the College’s Family Festival series, and will be held in the James and Betty Hall Theatre at 11 a.m.

In what is sure to be a highlight of the month, members of the DCC community will pit their chili con carne or vegetarian chili recipes against one another in the Cocineros de Hierro. The competition and tasting will take place on Sept. 30 at noon in Dutchess Hall, room 101.

A full listing of events is below. All will take place on the main DCC campus in Poughkeepsie. For more information about any of the Hispanic Heritage Month events, contact Dr. Ornella Mazzuca at (845) 431-8440 or


Lyceum: The Music of Andes Manta

Sept. 21, 12:30 p.m., James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall


Lecture: “Beans, Seeds and Spuds of Latin America”

Sept. 23, 12:30 p.m., Bowne Hall, Room 122


Family Festival: Goowin’s Balloowins

Sept. 25, 11 a.m., James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall


Dance Workshop: Fusion Dance Technique

Sept. 28, 12:30 p.m., Handel Dining Room, Drumlin Hall


Chili Cook-off: Cocineros de Hierro (or vegetariano)

Sept. 30, 12:30 p.m., Dutchess Hall, room 101


Poetry and Music Show

Oct. 8, 12 p.m., Ritz Lounge, Dutchess Hall


Taste of Latin America: A Food Festival

Oct. 19, 12:30, Greenspan Cafeteria, Drumlin Hall



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