Canary Islanders celebrate society’s 19th anniversary _lowres

Photo provided by Stephen V. Estopiñál -- Scott Billington, Johnette Downing, Chad LeBlanc and Sharon Gauthier, dressed as a native of Tenerife, from left, gather for a photo at a meeting of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana on Oct. 3.

Members of the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana gathered at Bluebonnet Regional Branch Library on Oct. 3 to celebrate the 19th anniversary of the society’s founding and the 237th anniversary of the main emigration of Canary Islanders to Louisiana.

Member Chad LeBlanc gave an educational presentation called “Canary Islanders of Louisiana,” and member Dennis Delaney brought his rare photo collection of Canary Islander descendants. Scott Billington and Johnette Downing introduced the formation of a Canary Islanders dance troupe.

For more information about the Canary Islanders Heritage Society of Louisiana, visit canaryislanders.org or email Stephen V. Estopiñál at president@canaryislanders.org.