Plowhaus art workshop and Cheekwood family celebrationThe Tennessean published this story today explaining the concept of the Latin American "Day of the Dead" holiday.
Featured in the article is locally owned Aurora Bakery and its holiday-themed "pan de muerto":
"A main staple of the holiday is pan de muerto, or bread of the dead, which is placed on altars and later broken at the table when the family eats. At Aurora Bakery on Nolensville Road, you can find the traditional Mexican pastry in three sizes, the largest of which is nearly a foot across."
"[Owner Patricia] Paiva, who hails from Sri Lanka, considers Aurora to be an international bakery that specializes in Mexican pastries. The business opened seven years ago."
"Aurora sold about 400 loaves last year and expects to sell more this season."
"'More and more non-Latinos are celebrating it,' Paiva said. 'I think it's becoming a little more universal. A lot of the non-Latinos are fascinated with it.'"
The Tennessean ran a sidebar with the story highlighting two local celebrations of the event:
Cheekwood's El Dia de Los Muertos — 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday at Cheekwood Botanical Garden & Museum of Art, 1200 Forrest Park Drive. $1 admission for adults and children. Features live performances and music, bilingual tours, a Mexican marketplace, interactive art activities and community altars. 356-8000.
Day of the Dead community art workshop — Saturday, 1-4 p.m. at Plowhaus Artists' Co-op, 211 S. 17th St. Participants will learn about traditional Day of the Dead altars and build one themselves. Cost is $20 to participate. Limited to 10 people. E-mail Erika Johnson at email@example.com to reserve your space.
The co-op will also have a Day of the Dead art exhibit Saturday through Nov. 5. Call 262-2224 or visit www.plowhaus.org for more info.
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