Schedule for Festival de la Arepa, Aug 30-31

Programa 1er Festival V.E.R. de la Arepa ViequeseThanks to Kathy Gannett for this info:

Primer festival de la Arepa Viequense este sábado y domingo en la plaza publica.  Habrá kioscos, clínicas de salud,  música, carrera 5K, premios y mucho más. A beneficio a nuestros sobrevivientes y pacientes de cáncer.


First Vieques Arepa Festival! 

Saturday and Sunday, August 30 & 31 in the Town Plaza.

To benefit cancer patients and cancer survivors.

Arepas are fried or baked biscuits – this weekend you will see them in every variety imagineable! Don’t miss it!

This event is organized by Vieques en Rescate (VER) / Vieques to the Rescue which is dedicated to helping cancer patients with medical, transportation, and other services needed for a speedy recovery.  For more than ten years, funds for cancer patients were raised every Spring through the Relay for Life held in Sun Bay in coordination with the American Cancer Society.  Now community leaders, under the auspices of VER, have shifted their efforts to this new, indigenous festival and hope to continue raising tens of thousands of dollars for patients in need.  So please come and give your financial support by buying food & T shirts,entering the race, or by dedicating a candle in the memory of your loved one.

OR YOU CAN DONATE BY SENDING A CHECK: Vieques en Rescate, HC-01 Box 6173, Vieques, PR 00765 or making a deposit to Banco Popular acct# 112-229654.


Programa 1er Festival V.E.R. de la Arepa Viequese 2The weekend is packed lots of fun.


10:00 AM –  Registration of patients and survivors, workshops, health clinics in the Multi-Use Center.  Free Urology clinic for men in the hospital.  Food kiosks open.  Dedicate a “Luminaria/Candle” to a loved one to help raise funds.

3:00 PM – Opening Ceremony – various community leaders from VER and the Mayor.

5:00 PM – Presentation of the people having their heads shaved in solidarity with cancer patients.  A child will donate her hair for wigs for patients.

6:00 PM – A Carnival parade of costumes, bands, including a display of candles.  Starts at the Jardines de Vieques (public housing near the police station) and goes to the Plaza.

8:00 PM – Ceremony Continues – Arrival of the parade.  Slideshow, prices for kids who made the Festival logo, crowning of the Kig and Quen of the Festival.

8:45 PM – Music: Grupo Mapeye, Grupo Los Amigos, Bomba E, Grupo Los Amigos, El Vacilon, VYBZ.  Until 2 AM



12:00 PM – Registration for 5K race.

12:30 PM – Food and music

2:00 PM – The Vieques Star (Will Colon)

3:00 PM – Decision on the most original AREPA!  Children’s Activities

4:00 PM – Shaving heads in solidarity with cancer patients

5:00 PM – 5 K Race

6:00 PM – Prizes

8:00 Pm – several live bands until 2 AM

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