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Provided by City of Manassas Economic Development

Event Spotlight: Manassas Latino Festival

Manassas Latino Festival
Ready to celebrate? The annual Manassas Latino Festival kicks off Sept. 24 from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Historic Downtown!
Enjoy ethnic foods, drinks, music, lively dance performances, and family-fun activities in celebration of the cultural heritage and contributions of the Latin American community to the City of Manassas, the D.C. area, and to our nation.
This festival is a project of Abriendo Puertas, an organization designed for non-profit purposes with a mission to empower the Latino community to thrive, integrate, and fully participate in building a stronger inclusive society. Believing that social change is best achieved through collaboration and community empowerment, Abriendo Puertas serves as a bridge between the Latino community, non-profits, and government agencies.
Festivities will be at the Harris Pavilion, 9201 Center Street in Downtown Manassas. Entrance is free and open to the public. See you there!
Click here to get your FREE tickets.

Partner Spotlight: ARTfactory

ARTfactory

ARTfactory

Enriching lives. That’s what the ARTfactory does.
Located in Historic Downtown Manassas, visitors experience art in its many forms. Stroll through the art gallery, enjoy theatre arts by Pied Piper Theatre (youth-oriented theatre), Rooftop Productions (theatre by adult performers), and Past Time Prime Time Players (performances by senior citizens). Plus, there’s a menu of visual arts education, dance classes, summer camps, Arts on the Go™, and the popular SummerSounds outdoor concert series at Harris Pavilion. Programs are available for ages five and up.
Founded in 1984 by a group of artists and art lovers, ARTfactory (previously known as Center for the Arts) relocated in 2002 to the old 1908 Hopkins Candy Factory building at 9419 Battle Street and has become the cornerstone of Historic Downtown’s arts culture.
Click here for ARTfactory’s Program Schedule.

Hints of History

On Sept. 2, 1945, World War II ended. That’s around the time this photo was taken in downtown Manassas.
Albrites buying civilian chlothes Sept 1945
That six-year war involved the vast majority of the world’s countries, with Manassas residents certainly playing a part. One Manassas hero was Claude Hall “Buck” Albrite, a Navy man, who served on the USS Alchiba transport ship. Decked in his Navy military uniform, Mr. Albrite is shown in this photo with his wife, Willie K. Albrite, “buying civilian clothes in September of 1945” in downtown Manassas.
Mr. Albrite (1914-2016) was a lifelong Manassas resident and successful business owner of Luck & Albrite, a plumbing and heating repair business, and Yorkshire Supply, a plumbing and electrical wholesale business, both of which were on Centreville Road. This photo of a metal sign below shows “Luck & Albrite Plumbing Inc. Est. 1945.”
Lick & ALbritehistoric sign
Mrs. Albrite preceded him in death (1918-2007). The 1950 U.S. Federal Census lists “Willie Albrite” as married with the occupation as “Keeping House.” She was a Manassas resident for 57 years.
The 1945 black-and-white photo of Mr. and Mrs. Albrite is courtesy of the Manassas Museum Online Collections; click here to access this online resource.
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