Freeport Arts Center plans Mexican Museum visit
The Freeport Arts Center, 121 N. Harlem Ave., will continue its tradition of touring regional museum exhibitions this fall by offering a guided bus tour to Chicago and a visit to the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum.
Serving an ever-widening ethnic population, the Mexican Fine Arts Center will feature a glimpse of one of the most important and interesting Mexican holidays, Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, celebrated widely throughout Mexico on Nov. 1st and 2nd.
Far from being a solemn occasion, this day is a time for the living to remember and reunite with the deceased, who are honored with the pleasures they enjoyed while alivetraditional foods, fruit and drink. Altars are dedicated to the deceased with photographs, candles, a special holiday bread, sugar skulls, incense and flowers, especially marigolds.
The Mexican Fine Arts Center is the only accredited Latino museum in the U.S. Its permanent collection features murals by Diego Rivera, Jose Orozco and David Siqueiros.
The bus tour will leave from the Arts Center on Tuesday, October 22. After an 8:30 a.m. departure, the travelers will watch a video on the celebration while enjoying rolls and juice. The first stop will be a tour of the Second Presbyterian Church in the
Prairie Avenue District of Chicago, once the neighborhood of Potter Palmer, Philip Armour, Marshall Field and George Pullman. The neo-Gothic church with its lavish interior and spectacular stained glass windows by Tiffany and others is one of the citys architectural treasures. The tour group will then enjoy a planned luncheon at an area restaurant and then proceed to the incredibly colorful and often poignant Dia de los Muertos exhibit.
There will be plenty of time to browse the Centers permanent exhibits and gift shop before departing at 4 p.m. for the return to Freeport. The bus tour, including transportation, lunch and snacks, is $50 for members and $60 for non-members. To reserve a space, call the Freeport Arts Center at (815) 235-9755.