Rain Location: Dichter Pharmacy, 4953 Broadway @207 Street. Art Making: Learn how to make solar prints to use as home decoration or greeting cards. Evelyn Suero is self-taught artist who has been dedicated to arts and crafts events in the Washington Heights & Inwood community by facilitating interactive, therapeutic and wellness art activities to promote peer support by using mixed art media techniques themed around self-development and healing to create memorable handmade art. Participants will create art by reflecting their own unique and personal styles so that they can share something of themselves with others.
Live Music: Local teaching artist and bandleader Annette A. Aguilar joined by her band StringBeans will explore the rich and varied rhythms of jazz across the Caribbean, Latin America and the US.
On the first Sunday of each summer month, come enjoy a late afternoon of live acoustic music presented on the front porch of the Mansion. FREE live acoustic music on the steps of Morris-Jumel Mansion, this month featuring guitarist and singer-songwriter Julia King.
Fifteenth Annual Drums Along the Hudson, A Native American and Multicultural Celebration will take place in Upper Manhattan’s Inwood Hill Park from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm, rain or shine. This event is free to the public and is presented by Lotus Music & Dance in collaboration with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, sponsored in part by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Council. During the day, we take time out to honor individuals and organizations for their contributions to environmental and humanitarian causes.
In September 2002, with a generous grant from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Kamala Cesar, Artistic Director of Lotus Music and Dance, and Carl Nelson, Producer, created Drums Along the Hudson®: A Native American Festival. It began as a traditional Pow Wow to celebrate Native American heritage and culture, and also to commemorate the Lenape people who first inhabited Inwood Hill Park, or Shorakapok (“edge of the water”). This event first took place annually in the spring, thereafter we added something new and different each year to make the event more exciting and enjoyable — including a Shad tasting, a White Pine tree planting (the Iroquois symbol of peace), international foods, drummers and dancers and a Native American Arts in Education Initiative. The event has attracted attendees from 400 in the first year to over 8,000 in recent years. Learn More
Winners of the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Ulysses String Quartet was founded in the summer of 2015. Hailing from Canada, the United States, and Taiwan, members have performed in prestigious halls such as Esterházy Palace, Carnegie Hall, and the Taiwan National Concert Hall. Their exciting first season together has included concertizing with the Halcyon, Listen Closely and Massivemuse Series. Ulysses Quartet has a partnership with Groupmuse and headlines their major concerts. Members perform on instruments and bows graciously on loan from the Canada Council of the Arts Instrument Bank and the Maestro Foundation.
The name ‘Ulysses’ pays homage to Homer’s hero Odysseus and his ten year voyage home. Additionally, the quartet’s base in Washington Heights, New York City, lies in close proximity to the resting place of former U.S. president, Ulysses S. Grant. The Ulysses Quartet believes intensely in the power of music to inspire, enlighten, and bring people together. They are committed in sharing this passion by increasing access and appreciation for classical music while enhancing audience engagement. To this end, the quartet offers interactive programs and workshops for all ages that demystify traditional repertoire while introducing new and exciting works. Their programs invite participants to learn about the inner workings of the string quartet, and explore connections that music makes with our world today, through the rich history of its creation.
Rain Location: Dichter Pharmacy, 4953 Broadway @207 Street. Art Making: Make your own scratch art with oil pastels and paint. Create colorful projects with this fun tactile technique.
Live Music: Winners of the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Washington Heights-based Ulysses String Quartet will perform an eclectic mix of music, with selections by Stravinsky, Beethoven, and Shostakovich!