Museum to recognize Day of the Dead

Saturday, Oct. 29 is a free family day at the Simeon B. Chapin – Franklin G. Burroughs Art Museum in Myrtle Beach.

Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead is a Mexican-American Celebration for all ages. Festivities include family workshops to create paper banners (papel picado), sugar skulls, painted pumpkin skulls, dancing skeletons, and skeleton (calavera) masks. There will be Spanish - English translation games, samplings of traditional breads and Mexican hot chocolate, face painting, bingo (loteria) music, a children’s literature display, videos, authentic Mexican food by Fiesta Mexicana, Zumba dancing, Criss Cross Mangosauce bilingual music and stories, Day of the Dead lecture, roving Mariachi Nuevo Guadalajara, tradition dancing with Ballet Folklorico St. James and a children’s piñata.

The festivities will include an altar in honor of Mexican artist Raul Anguiano, and visitors of all ages can help paint a Raul Anguiano inspired mural.

According to information from the Museum, Dia de los Muertos is an annual festival hosted by the museum and this one promises to be a another fun-filled occasion for all ages. In pre-Hispanic times, the day was observed with a simple feast for the returning dead, After the Spanish conquest in the 15th century, the day was encompassed into the holiday called All Souls. Homes would be gaily decorated and the deceased ones’ favorite food would be prepared, along with special treats such as candy skulls inscribed with the names of the deceased or special breads shaped like ghosts or bones”.

Since the time for individual activities are subject to change, there are not added here.

The art Museum made its home in a large beach house that once served families. Since then, it has served locals and tourists alike with its eleven galleries that are constantly changing exhibits.

The Art Museum, governed by a board of trustees and supported by members, donations, volunteers and sponsoships offers many programs for children and adults, in addition to bringing some of the finest art into its galleries and offering anyone the ability to see it since it is free.

All events and activities are free at the Simeon B. Chapin-Franklin G. Burroughs Art Museum located at 300 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach. Visit its website at or call 238-2510.

Peggy Mishoe,, 365-3885.