Major Annual Events
HUE recognizes the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting a Beloved Community Dinner followed by a Day of Service coinciding with MLK Day every year in January. We began the Dinner and Day of Service in 2018, with the goal of educating residents of our community about Dr. King and his views of the importance of serving others. Volunteers participate in several projects; past years have included baking and delivering cookies to local law and fire enforcement officials, cleaning Parks and Rec facilities, and visiting with individuals at assisted living facilities.
HUE celebrates Latinx culture during our annual Cinco de Mayo festival. Beginning in 2018, we invited the local community to appreciate cuisines, music, sports, crafts, and games popular in Latin America.
Most years HUE hosts a booth at the Strawberry Festival in the children’s section where kids can enjoy several craft activities. Past crafts have included making a “friendship pin” and a “hand for change” where kids trace their hand and communicate their wish for a better future.
HUE held its first annual Celebration of Unity on September 9th, 2017, and has continued to celebrate diversity and inclusion each year since (with the exception of 2020 due to Covid). Our Celebration typically includes music from the amazing mariachi band Zendaya, “countries” to visit and learn about international cultures, and family-friendly fun and entertainment.
Each year, during Crawfordsville’s Downtown Party Night on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, HUE invites kids into Deborah Kochert’s dance studio at 131 E. Main Street to learn about holidays around the world. They use their global “passport” to “visit” several countries, where they enjoy an activity or try a treat related to how that country celebrates a holiday.