As the saying goes, “All good things must come to an end.”
After 5 years, the monthly shindig known as Big Night in Little Haiti at The Little Haiti Cultural Center is no more.
I remember the first time that I attended the community event. It was with my sisters in 2012 and we were so excited that something like this existed. It wasn’t everyday that we got to experience Haitian culture outside the 4 walls of our church. The food, the music, the people. It was amazing!
Who knew that in a few short years all that would come to an end? When the funding for the monthly event dried up, there wasn’t much that could be done to keep the party going.
The final edition of Big Night in Little Haiti was full of all the trappings that we’ve come to know and love. But as I watched the party-goers enjoy themselves one last time, I couldn’t help but feel disappointed that it all fell apart. I hope that this monthly event that so many in the community enjoyed has a chance to come back in some form.
So, yes. “All good things must come to an end.” But the end doesn’t have to last forever.
“I will most definitely miss the ambiance. It was such an amazing experience — the food, music [a]nd dancing. I will miss [the] interaction of not only the Haitian people, but also the community.”
– Rhoda Louissaint, Program Coordinator at Fanm Ayisyen Nan Miyami
Me and Gepsie Metellus of Island TV
Former Director of the Little Haiti Cultural Center, Sandy Dorsainvil
Konpa group, Gabel
Gepsie Metellus addressing the crowd
One of my best friends, Kendra, checking out the artwork