Kate and I accompanied cousin Raina and her husband to a special event at the American Legion Post, Number 41, but we took a short detour to an historic site near the Post in Phoenix.
This is the Duppa Homestead.
A well-traveled Englishman and a scholar of the classics, "Lord Duppa," as he was commonly known, was the most scholarly man in the Territory of Arizona. He was a linguist and could read readily the ancient classics in the original, besides several of the modern languages.
It was a short walk to the Legion Post where a dance was being held to benefit The Chapito Documentary, a documentary film directed by Paige Martinez recognizing Arizona musician and band leader Chapito Chavarria whose music united Arizona Latinos for over 60 years.
Chapito's band was the first to bring the green dance (Dollar dance) to the wedding reception. The Bride & Groom would dance with the guests. Men with the Bride and women with the Groom. You could give any amount of cash, but it was usually a dollar. The men would pin the money on the Bride's gown and the women on the Groom's tuxedo. The band would play Boleros until they felt they had enough money for a wedding gift.
Paige Martinez is a film maker here in the valley who has dedicated her time and effort to bring this story to life about Chavarria, who has made such a difference in the Mexican-American culture.
The dance, with music provided by an orchestra of Arizona’s finest musicians, was a joyous celebration in honor of a man who had a great influence on the music of his culture and on the valuing of the Mexican-American culture.
And the icing on the cake, so to speak, came when Jesse and Raina won one of the raffle prizes.