Sunday, October 16, 2016

Honk for More Gardens and All My Friends!

The Honk Festival of 2016 was the best ever.  I made it to three events, the opening night at Barbes on Tuesday, the Dance Party in the East Village the next night, and the More Gardens parade  at Tompkins Square Park. My friends seemed to be everywhere.  People I have reclaimed streets with, dancing among bouncing barricades, creating gardens, marching through earth celebrations through the years. Some years,we've occupied pipelines or community centers; others we've biked through the pulsing public spaces of New York.  And we danced all afternoon long.  Le Pompier Poney Club was there to merge jazz, funk, and soul with Le Jazz Hot!  The band blew us away all week long. I fell in love with them every time i saw them.  I think everyone did.

 The fall afternoon sparkled.

At some point, one of the bands, i think the Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band pumped the Cantina Song from Star Wars. I looked around and it seemed like half the east village was jamming to the maniacal balkan punk energy.  One of the saxophonists with Le Pompier Poney Club was wearing a horse head. Environmental Encroachment were dancing with members of More Gardens and Occupy the Pipeline.  It was a glorious afternoon to be alive together.

Thanks HONK!

Le Pompier Poney Club and friends with HONK!

The third annual collaboration between More Gardens! and HONK NYC in support of all that is green & beautiful in New York.

Celebrate the rich history of public space...the alchemy of gardeners....the shared experience of neighborhood and commmunity with us.

DAY OF INFO: Stop by Lucky at 168 Avenue B (between 10th and 11th) for answers to all your questions!!!


12 noon to 2pm:
Meet us in Children's Magical Garden Community and Supporters at 129 Stanton St. (near Essex) for a kid's craft workshop with Calling All Parties, followed by a tour of the gardens led by Aresh Javadi, and visiting artists,Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band (founders of the original HONK! Festival in Somerville, MA) and La Fanfare Invisible from Paris.

2pm - 4pm:
Drop in to La Plaza Cultural Community Garden for a feast of percussion! Featuring Ricardo Torres and Sambata, The Lower Eastside Girls Club's Seriously Noisy Marching Band, and a workshop at 3pm by Scott Kettner ofMaracatu New York.

3pm - 6pm:
Tompkins Square Park is the place for all things brassy!
Featuring performances by

Environmental Encroachment (Chicago)
Kings County Pipes & Drums - Brooklyn's very own.
Kenny Wollesen & The Tigers
Le Pompier Poney Club (Marseille, FR) - making their NYC debut.
Emperor Norton's Stationary Marching Band
plus more surprises!

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