Tuesday, December 22, 2015
NIA Fest 2015 (The Virginia Beach, Virginia KWANZAA Celebration)
Your $2 donation benefits the Boys & Girls Club !
Vendors & Exhibitors wanted ($17 - $40 donation)
Contact 757-932-0177 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Nia Fest event is an extension of the Kwanzaa celebrations held by Rev. Dr. Samuel and Ruth Suggs Varner since 1970. These church held events placed worshiping Father God first, and celebrating Kwanzaa as secondary. These celebrations began in their church Nazarene Congregational Church (United Church of Christ) in Brooklyn, New York. These celebrations continued in Columbus Ohio at the church developed by the couple named Advent Community Church (United Church of Christ). Advent was the first church in Columbus Ohio to embrace and host an annual Kwanzaa celebration and even hosted events that involved Dr. Ron Karenga (One of Kwanzaa's original founders from the US Organization) and his Wife. Upon Dr. Varner's move to Chesapeake Virginia to lead Providence (United Church of Christ). Providence became the first church in Hampton Roads' Virginia to host a Kwanzaa celebration in 1987. From this event members of the community led by Mr. & Mrs. Clarence and Dianne Vincent developed the Uhuruu African American Cultural Society which led the area in hosting annual Kwanzaa events which continued until 2010 by The Imani Foundation. The Varner's held a private Kwanzaa event in their home from 1990 until the passing of Rev. Dr. Samuel Varner in September 2009. In 2010 the family continued the annual celebration by making it a public event called the Father's First Fruits Kwanzaa. The event later became the Kuumba Fest and is now named and themed "Nia Fest" with a focus on Building and Developing the community. All are welcome ! Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy New Year !