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Arising Alliances with Arab Americans: An Evening of Arab Culture and Hospitality

posted on: Apr 5, 2017

Press Release

Little Falls, NY – Faces of Astarte, Wellness Salon/Spa located in Little Falls is hosting ‘An Evening of Arab Culture’ on Thursday, April 6 honoring April as Arab America Heritage Month. Author and sole proprietor of Faces of Astarte, Christine Shahin, said she plans to host an Arab cultural event featuring videos, music, food, art and poetry of the Middle East. This is a perfect fit for Shahin since growing up an American Arab, hospitality comes naturally to her with her mother an Arabic gourmet cook, and having had her own television show in Syracuse, NY.

In addition to celebrating her heritage, Shahin is passionate about and inspired by a broader purpose. “Today there is much misinformation about Arab culture, religions Christian, Judaism and Islam, each with their own factions, and ethnicities; there are places where these systems of definition overlap and places where they are separate, we want to share ourselves with our neighbors,” she explained. “While the current national and international political climate is challenging, the silver lining is a growing grassroots movement of alliances with Arab Americans.” Shahin put it simply by affirming, “People are good.”

Tamara Razzano, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Little Falls, adds, “I look forward to this gathering. I did peace work in the Middle East with Presbyterian Peacemaking, and am committed to continuing to act and advocate for peace and justice for all who call the Middle East home.”

Shahin is a local ambassador for Arab America which celebrates the contributions of Arabs in America, from Activists, Artists, Astronauts, Cooks, Doctors, Inventors, Lawyers, Movie Producers, Musicians, Politicians, Shop Keepers, Teachers and more, contributing to America as many other diverse cultures have. For more information on this organization, please visit ‘An Evening of Arab Culture’ will be held on Thursday, April 6 from 6-9pm at Faces of Astarte located 407 Canal Place in Little Falls. The public is invited to attend and experience music, poetry, stories, refreshments, and art of the Middle East.