Event honoring “Sesame Street” composer, Fall River native Joe Raposo

FALL RIVER — Hopefully a sunny day will sweep away the clouds on Wednesday, August 3, as Fall River pays homage to a local legend.

Join the Portuguese-American Ferreira-Mendes Archives at UMass Dartmouth, the Department of Conservation and Recreation, and the Town of Fall River in celebrating Portuguese immigration and the wonderful life and magical world of Luso-American composer Joe Raposoa Fall River native who wrote the theme song to Jim Henson’s “Sesame Street,” and his Muppet friends.

Be there for the Joe Raposo Day declaration by Mayor Paul Coogan on Wednesday, August 3. The event will take place from 4-6:30 p.m., at the Visitor Center (Thomas Hudner Memorial Building) at Heritage State Park, 200 Davol St.

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Visitors can meet the Raposo family and attend a screening of “Sing!” a rare “Sesame Street” tribute film to Raposo and his music, on the big screen in the park’s air-conditioned room.

Guests are also invited to explore the exhibition “A Glimpse into Portuguese American Immigrations”, a look at the experience of the region’s dominant ethnic community through photographs, rare newspaper articles and other insightful material. Heritage State Park is home to a monument dedicated to local Portuguese-American poet Joao Teixeira de Medeiros. This exhibition is on loan from the Luso-American Ferreira-Mendes Archives of UMass Dartmouth.

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Complimentary refreshments will be served at the event and free parking is available in the DCR car park at 5 Water Street. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Accommodations are available on request.

For more information, call 508-675-5759, ext. 0. All current COVID guidelines will be followed. Visit Mass.gov/COVID.

Joseph K. Bennett