Welcoming Week activities Sept. 12–18 invite exploration of Nashua’s rich heritage

Nashua is a Welcoming City!

Join us in celebrating the diversity of our community
during Welcoming Week, Sept. 12–18.
There will be a festive kick-off celebration Sunday at Greeley Park,
and several events showcasing our neighbors and their heritages at the Nashua Public Library.

Welcoming Week Kick-off Celebration

3–6 pm Sunday, Sept. 12
Greeley Park
Nashua Cultural Connections Committee and City of Nashua invite you celebrate our city’s rich diverse community during Welcoming Week, beginning with a day at Greeley Park, 100 Concord Street.
It’s an afternoon of entertainment, food, and a vaccination clinic.
There will be performances by Brazilian, Columbian, African, Nepalese, Irish, and Indian artists – all traditional and folk music. There will be singing, dancing (including a Chinese dance troupe) and bands. The day will be emcee’d by Claudia Decker, and John Panos – aka DJ Panosonic – will be playing folk music from around the world.
San Francisco Kitchen and Hazy Ice cream will provide refreshments for purchase at parked food trucks.
A vaccination clinic van will be available by Nashua Dept. of Public Health nurses.
Free to attend; bring the family!
Thanks to the NH State Council on the Arts for supporting this event!

Welcoming Week events at NPL

The Nashua Public Library, 2 Court Street, will have a few items reflecting the diversity of our City, in honor of Welcoming Week.
There will be a Nashua Neighbors exhibit on display in the Image Gallery.  This annual event showcases our rich-in-diversity community through photographs.
Long-time Nashuans, and newcomers to the city, are showcased with an exhibit of their portraits and personal stories at the Nashua Public Library in February.Greg Indruk and Lauren Osowski created the Nashua Neighbors Photography Project after a series of conversations they had recognizing Nashua as the most diverse city in New Hampshire. They wanted to give locals a chance to share their stories and get to know their neighbors.
“Our city is home to people from many different countries, ethnicities, and backgrounds,” said Osowski, Director of Adult Education at the Adult Learning Center. “Although each person has a different story, we are the same in so many ways, and we become stronger as a community when we take the time to learn about each other.”
This month’s reading radar celebrity is Oscar Villacis. Oscar is the executive creative director of First Gen Multimedia and the host of WSMN radio show First Gen American, which shines a light on first-generation Nashuans and their heritages. See what books he recommends to others HERE. And be sure to catch his WSMN show!
Through Saturday, Sept. 18, the library will also have a passive community aspiration exercise in the Image Gallery, that invites the public to share responses to “I want to live in a community that…”.
2 pm Tuesday, Sept. 14: Polish movie, “Sir Tadeusz” (with English subtitles) shown at the Nashua Public Library theatre; introductory remarks by Anthony Bajdek, President of the Polish American Congress of NH.

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