Sonhos de Portugal is a Portuguese Folklore group based out of Kearny, NJ. The group was founded in 1981 by Agostinho Cardoso, as a way of celebrating his heritage and bringing those together who felt the same pull towards their culture. Originally from Arcos de Valdevez, his history with rancho began at a young age, playing the concertina in the Rancho Sao Paio.
Sonhos de Portugal was originally comprised of friends and family, but celebrated its 41st year in 2022. It is one of the oldest Portuguese ranchos in New Jersey. They also have a children’s division, called “Os Sonhos Continuam.”
The group has traveled to all states within the US with Portuguese communities, and even Canada and Portugal. Such is the mark that Agostinho made on this form of cultural expression in the United States, that the Rancho is even featured in the Library of Congress.
A personal tribute
This particular post is special because it features this NJ folklore pioneer’s grandson, whose father is now the present director. We planned this session with his wife and baby to honor their personal involvement and connection. We also took the opportunity to pay tribute to his amazing grandfather, and celebrate the future of their traditions.
Grandpa Agostinho’s spirit is always close to this family’s heart, and we incorporated some sweet touches to represent him. The red concertina was his personal instrument, and the wall portraits in the first image feature three generations of Cardoso men in the rancho.
You can visit Sonhos de Portugal’s Facebook page here to learn more.
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Sofia Ribeiro Photography is a New Jersey Maternity Photographer, New Jersey Newborn Photographer, New Jersey Baby & Child Photographer, and New Jersey Family Photographer based in Northern New Jersey, serving North and Central NJ, including but not limited to Bergen County, Essex County, Somerset County, Sussex County, Morris County, Monmouth County, Hunterdon County, Middlesex County, and Warren County. We also serve New York City and Staten Island.