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Food, music, dance — Hispanic Heritage Month opens with free fiesta fun

Lansing Public Library offers local highlights at community event

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (September 17, 2022) – Friday evening, September 16, the north parking lot of the Lansing Public Library gradually filled with people ready to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15. The free fiesta hosted by the library ran from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Organizer Andrew Harootunian had reached out to local Latino-owned businesses for participation, and Taqueria La Soga and Kdulche Café both responded with authentic Mexican cuisine. In addition, the Latin Dance Club from TF South performed two dance numbers, and mariachi band Trio Oro de America added to the atmosphere of fiesta.

Over 100 people gathered in the north parking lot to enjoy the fiesta. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
Eduardo Zepeda of Kdulche Café ladles a generous glass of cucumber horchata. Horchata is a traditional Mexican drink, but Kdulche has developed their own variations of it. Kdulche Café is located at 3521 Ridge Road. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
While library staff look on, a fiesta guest adds toppings to his tacos. The tacos were provided by Taqueria La Soga, 19267 Burnham Avenue. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)
As sunset painted the western sky, Trio Oro de America continued serenading the library patrons. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

The Latin Dance Club from TF South also shared some moves they had been working on:

The family-friendly event featured a variety of games and activities for kids of all ages, including a pinata filled with candy. (Photo: Melanie Jongsma)

This was the first time Lansing Public Library has organized an outdoor celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, and Harootunian is already discussing ideas for next year’s Fiesta.

The Lansing Public Library is located at 2750 Indiana Avenue in Lansing, Illinois.

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.