Fiesta Guatemala in Camden

Feb 20, 2013
Children will have the opportunity to make “worry dolls” during Fiesta Guatemala.

Camden — A Guatemalan-themed dinner to raise funds for a service trip to Safe Passage will be held Sunday, March 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church, 55 Elm St./Route 1. Fiesta Guatemala is open to all in the community and will feature live music, Mayan crafts for children, a silent auction of donated items and a festive dinner, all to benefit a service trip for 17 local teens to the nonprofit Safe Passage in Guatemala City.

Tickets, available in advance at HAV II in Camden as well as through members of MidCoast ChangeMakers, are $15 for adults, $10 for students and $5 for younger children, with a family cap price of $25. A limited number will be available at the door.

The event is the final fundraising push before the group heads to Guatemala in mid-March. A collaboration of the MidCoast Interact Club and The Rig, the students of MidCoast ChangeMakers are hoping to make a difference while volunteering in Guatemala City, as well as inspire other teens to take service-learning trips.

“We’re all excited to head down to Guatemala and give our time for such a worthwhile cause,” said Lexi Doudera, president of MidCoast Interact Club. “The community support for our trip has been wonderful, and we hope this dinner on March 3 will help us reach our fundraising goal, raise awareness about Safe Passage, and provide a fun community event, too.”

In addition to the Guatemalan-themed dinner of chicken stew over rice, corn and black bean salad and dessert, the event will include live music from The Off Beats, an a cappella group from Camden Hills Regional High School, as well as musicians Clio Berta and Kiera Haining. Several Mayan crafts, such as making quitapesares or worry dolls, and quetzals, the Guatemalan National bird, will be available for children. Silent auction items and information on Safe Passage also will be provided.

For more information on attending, visit the group’s Midcoast ChangeMakers Facebook page; call 236-7773; or visit HAV II in Camden for tickets.

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