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Cayey Christmas events accentuate flavors, sounds of the season

Rep. Gretchen Marie Hau Irizarry and Cayey Mayor Rolando Ortiz Velázquez

By The Star Staff

Cayey Mayor Rolando Ortiz Velázquez, along with Cidra-Cayey District Rep. Gretchen Marie Hau Irizarry, announced a series of activities to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas season, which in the southeastern-central municipality has a special relevance given its reputation as the gastronomic center of Puerto Rico, particularly in the Guavate sector.

“We invite all Puerto Ricans and tourists in general to visit the Ramón Frade Cayey public square, which was recently remodeled and has some unique attractions in Puerto Rico, such as the Concha Acústica that served as a canvas for a spectacular mural, as well as the carousel for children, the monument to the founders and more,” the mayor said. “In Cayey, Christmas is particularly appreciated because it welcomes the traditions of our families, and we welcome friends and relatives from all over Puerto Rico and the diaspora.”

This Saturday, Dec. 2 will be the Christmas lighting in the aforementioned public square starting at 4 p.m., with artisans and exhibits, as well as the renowned Club de Volkys “iluminados,” followed by special recognitions at 7 p.m. At 8:30 p.m. the music begins with the group Son de la Casa, and at 10:30 p.m., La Tribu de Abrante.

On Sunday, the artisans’ booths, exhibitions, and kiosks with traditional food and drinks continue, with live music starting at 1 p.m. with the Trio Carimar, followed at 2:30 p.m. by the Radians School Dance Group, and at 3 p.m., the performances of Son del Campo return. At 5 p.m., Joseph Fonseca takes the stage, followed by Grupo O-K-Mi-C at 7 p.m.

Meanwhile, the traditional event of the Christmas Postal Awards, prepared by the children and young people from Cayey’s schools, is slated for Thursday, Dec. 14 at the Municipal Theater and will take place at 6 p.m. with registration and ceremony at 7 p.m.

“Admission for this event is free for the public, and in our city this is a particularly beautiful event, due to the large number of participants and the manifestations of the creativity of our students,” Hau said. “We are waiting for you all.”

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