Author: Jeannie G3 (---.asm.bellsouth.net)
Date: 08-09-08 21:46
Hola Alashas! I'm sure the community of Culebra would love it if you could contribute to their Three Kings Festivities. This holiday is all about children, family and welcoming all who want to have a good time and share in the spirit of Christmas.
On the Mainland, most places and shops will start to close early on the 5th and definitely will be closed on Jan. 6. On Culebra, they might do the same. Now that you have the website for the Culebra Calendar Online you can call City Hall (alcaldia), grocery stores and restaurants to find out if they will be open and at what times.
The Catholic church is Nuestra Senora del Carmen which will probably have services on Jan. 5 and 6. There are other places of worship too that I'm sure will have services as well.
If you want to contribute, I'd suggest calling Nuestra Senora del Carmen Catholic Church or Family Social Services (Servicios Sociales Familia) They might know of a family in need. You might try Head Start or the School. The Principal, Waleska Collazo seems like a nice lady and is very active in the community. Kids always need school supplies and books when the schools year starts again in January. Scroll down that phone guide list and don't hesitate to call. I'm sure someone has suggestions and then you can pick who you want to make a contribution to.
Read the January 2008 issue of the Culebra Calendar Online and you can see what happens on Jan 6 in Culebra. Three men dress up as the Wise Men and go around giving treats to the children and I'm sure it's followed by music. Find out at what time this takes place, sometimes it's very early in the morning, afternoon or evening activities. Have fun on these days, eat the local Christmas food (pasteles, lechon asado, guineitos en escabeche, allkinds of coconut desserts, etc.), enjoy the traditional Christmas music (parrandas), enjoy your time with the Culebrense and the rest of the joyous puertorricans. I'm sure they will make you feel more than welcome. Happy travels! J