Get the Rush ‘learns new moves’

Las Posadas-themed event celebrates life and land

When Suisun City Vice Mayor Alma Hernandez coordinated a Las Posadas-themed event between Solano Land Trust and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, she saw an opportunity to share her culture, in a beautiful open space.

Thanks to people like you who support protecting land and caring for it, Rush Ranch can support a culture of appreciation, and an appreciation of culture.

“Bringing the Las Adelitas dancers to Rush Ranch is a way to invite people into this jewel of a place,” she says.

Held at the land Trust’s monthly Get the Rush, Las Adelitas dancers performed at the event. The weather was overcast and crisp, but the sun broke mid-performance.

The original Las Adelitas de Aztlan were the women who fought and provided support in the Mexican Revolution, bravely mustering what was at hand. Since then, the image and moves of these brilliantly garmented soldaderas have been readapted for a variety of causes. Alma points out how the dancers, which include Alma’s former teacher, celebrate women transitioning into a new phase of their lives.

After their performance, the attendees gathered and joined with them, dancing over the signed bricks of Rush Ranch.

When the performance was over, three young brothers who had been fashioning swords at the blacksmith shop took turns breaking open the piñata.

“It’s so important to continue to collaborate and find ways to promote diversity and inclusion,” Alma said.

“We need things like this more than ever with our world so topsy-turvy, we’re all being impacted at so many levels,” says Donor Relations Officer Michelle Dickey.

Throughout the pandemic, Get the Rush has presented the land trust’s oldest property as a place where people can learn from the land and from each other—a dance anyone can join.  

In the coming year, we hope to take this collaborative spirit forward by making Get the Rush an event to celebrate the biodiversity and cultural diversity of the county.