Really thrilled to be the media partner for the Weeksville Heritage Center's Garden Party, a food, film and music festival that will run every Saturday in July.  It's already been called "the best outdoor bash of the summer" by the NY Daily News. Now in case you're not familiar, Weeksville Heritage Center documents and preserves the history of the free and intentional 19th century African American community of Weeksville. The historic Hunterfly Road Houses (three historic houses dating from 1840 – 1880s) are original domestic structures of the historic community. 

In addition to great food, they'll offer a platform for some deserving artists on the rise, starting with Cody ChesnuTT (above) in his first NYC performance with a full band in 4 years (July 3).  Other performers include:

  • Valerie June & Kameron Corvet (July 10)
  • Kimberly'Nichole & Shabazz Palaces (July 17)
  • Blitz the Ambassador and the Embassy Ensemble (July 24)

Films shown as part of Weeksville's Small Medium Large Film series will include Secondhand Pepe (2007, 24 minutes) on July 3, along with others TBD.

I'll be profiling all of the musicians in upcoming posts.  In the meantime, mark your calendars.  These are some great shows and all for a $5 suggested donation at the door FREE!

Consider Volunteering

Finally, if this sounds cool to you, consider volunteering.  They'll need volunteers for all four performances from 10am – 9pm. Shifts are 10am – 2pm, 2pm – 7pm and 5pm – 9pm. Set up 10am – 4pm, Gates open @4pm, Music begins @6pm and Films begin @8pm or sundown. 

Volunteers will be provided with water. Volunteers will receive a voucher for a free Weeksville tour. Food will be available for purchase from a variety of vendors. They ask for a minimum 4-5 hour commitment.

If you can help out, please contact Erin McMonagle — or 718-756-5250 x312.

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