THE WEEKSVILLE GARDEN PARTY: A Food and Music Festival in Brooklyn
The Garden Party brings some of the best up-and-coming musicians, a selection of renowned NYC food vendors and our curated Small Medium Large film series to the historic site. All events take place outdoors in one of NYC’s most unique venues – The Weeksville Garden.
Gates open @ 4pm, music begins @ 6pm and films begin @ 8pm or sundown. There is a $5 suggested donation for each show. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket or lawn chair.
Celebrate Emancipation Day
with CODY CHESNUTT
Celebrate the day enslaved Africans were freed in New York with the return of celebrated rocker Cody ChesnuTT. (Though freed on July 4, 1827, because of threats of violence, African-Americans in New York City celebrated this important holiday outdoors on July 5th) This year’s celebration will include a discussion on Haiti @ 4pm, music by Cody ChesnuTT @ 6pm (in his FIRST NY performance in 4 Years!) and the film Secondhand (Pepe) screening @ 8pm. The vendors for this event are NY Dosa & Wafels and Dinges..
Emancipation Day Lecture
This year’s Emancipation Day is dedicated to Haiti, the first truly free republic in the Western Hemisphere. A presentation by the Research Department at Weeksville Heritage Center and a special guest scholar will look beyond the prevalent images of “poor” Haiti, so often found in mainstream media coverage, to focus on the autonomy and important resistance efforts of Haitians. Stay for the concert and a post show film screening.
Cody ChesnuTT / Returning to New York with his own band for the first time in 4 years, Cody ChesnuTT is releasing a new EP, Black Skin/No Value, in June and then a full length album, Landing on a Hundred, this fall. ChesnuTT burst onto the global music scene when he released a double LP in 2004 entitled The Headphone Masterpiece, which was recorded on a 4-track cassette recorder in his bedroom recording studio, which he calls "The Sonic Promiseland". Cody assembles his body of work in the tradition of African story tellers and his audience is a part of a camp fire circle.
Secondhand (Pepe) (2007, 24 Minutes)
8:00PM or SUNDOWN
A film by Hannah Rose Shell & Vanessa Bertozzi, Secondhand (Pepe)’s two stories converge as it follows American clothing castoffs from a rag factory to Haiti and experience “pepe” as it makes its way through various Haitian markets.
The popular cart usually stationed near Washington Square Park makes its Brooklyn debut with the only vegan dosa available in NYC.
WAFELS AND DINGES
The Authentic Brussels wafels, dense and chewy liege are sweetened with sugar pearls that caramelize as the wafels cook.
Jakada Juice is a family run, Bed Stuy based natural juice company specializing in vibrantly flavored lemonades and iced teas using healthful ingredients. They have new spins on old favorites like Rooibos Ice Tea and Strawberry Mint Lemonade.
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