Since its opening on February 4, 2006, the House of Puerto Rico cottage hosts a museum aimed to share with the community elements of Puerto Rican culture and history. The Cottage Museum hosts exhibits, workshops, and events. It is open to the public every Sunday afternoon at noon to 4:00 pm.
The House of Puerto Rico’s monthly membership meeting takes place every first Saturday of the month at 3:00 pm in the Hall of Nations. There are no meetings in July and December. At the end of the meeting we include the “Culture Corner,” a series of educational as well as entertaining presentations. Each month there is a different topic. The meeting ends with a taste of Puerto Rico Pot-luck and social hour.
The Cultural Corner Program is designed to provide cultural education and fun to the members and to share the Puerto Rican Experience. Topics include Three Kings Celebration, Puerto Rican Stories, San Diego Latino Film Festival, Día de Los Niños Activities, Music from Puerto Rico, Impact of Mexican-Spanish Culture on Puerto Ricans in San Diego, and Latino Heritage Month. These topics vary every year. A list of topics is provided in our website.
We added many new social programs: Fiesta Nights, the Domino Club, Sabor Criollo, and the Parranda group.
Fiesta Night is scheduled once a month as an informal get-together at a local event in town. These include salsa music & dancing, theater, and concerts.
The Domino Club meets every 1st Sunday of the month (noon – 4pm) outside the cottage museum. The Domino Club sponsors its annual Tomás Perry Domino Tournament during the Día de San Juan Family Picnic.
Sabor Criollo is a seminar series focusing on the varieties of Puerto Rican cooking. These include the basics of sofrito & rice, plantain dishes, pork dishes, soups (asopaos), and desserts. These classes are enjoyed by women, men, and children alike.
The Parranda Group is an informal group to share our musical traditions for the Christmas holiday season. We hope to provide joy our fellow houses and visit military and children hospitals.
In Puerto Rico, the parranda is a progressive party where a group of friends and family arrive at a home providing music & song. They are then welcomed into the home to eat, drink, and dance. Then the 'party' continues to the next home. There are those who continue all night ending with a breakfast. This tradition starts around Thanksgiving in late November until Three Kings Day in early January.
To receive notices of upcoming programs & events, visit our website (left side panel) to register in our distribution list.