Oh What A Night
While it is now several days later, I can still feel how the words cascaded over my being; swept me up in a torrent of phrases and thoughts; exposed me to the power of imagery and creativity through literary genres, empowered me to ponder my place in sentences, paragraphs, stanzas, commas, and more.
This event was SOLD OUT and at full capacity again this year!!!!!
After raining all day long, by 5PM the skies cleared to a balmy, beautiful evening for aaduna's spring 2017 fundraiser!!!
In Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance ~ We captured the BLUES through words and music. Oh WHAT A NIGHT!
This evening’s program was dedicated to aaduna spring 2017 anniversary contributor, Jerry Vilhotti who’s beloved wife of 60 years, Dorothy C. Vilhotti, “Dotty” passed away one year ago. (5/25/2016) Listen to bill berry's dedication right here:
In 2015, Howard Nelson mesmerized the sold out aaduna fundraiser audience with a poem that paid homage to Soul Brother # 1, James Brown. This year, Nelson rocked the aaduna 2017 fundraising event with his poetry combined with carefully selected music that left the audience cheering for more!
Howard has read at every aaduna fundraiser, a distinction he shares with Cyd Charisse Fulton who also graced the stage at Theater Mack on Thursday, May 25th along with Rachael Ikins, Doug Curry, Jackie Warren-Moore, and Austin C. Morgan.
Enjoy a video clip of some of Howard's music selections from the evening. HE NAILED IT YET AGAIN !!!!!!!!!
She captivated the audience at the historic Seward House Museum where she read her works for the first time in Auburn, NY. (October 2011)
She became Auburn’s adopted poet when she crafted original poems inspired by the legacy of Harriet Tubman after visiting her gravesite, and then, a year later, she delivered those verses at Thompson Memorial AME Zion Church on the afternoon of the 100th anniversary of Tubman’s death. (3/10/2013)
She created the poem “Freedom Fruit” in honor of the Tubman centennial for the students of Genesee Elementary School and their project, “Apple Trees for Harriet Tubman.” And read this poem at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
She has the distinction of being a featured reader at every sold out aaduna fundraiser.
Cyd Charisse Fulton came back to her adopted city on May 25th re-appearing at Theater Mack for aaduna’s 2017 fundraiser, “In Spirit of the Harlem Renaissance…Celebrating the Blues through Words and Music.”
ENJOY a video snippet of Cyd's work from the evening: https://youtu.be/DeWntFWqWyo
From Indiana to New York, Jasper to Auburn. From a digital presence to a real-life moment. Austin C. Morgan is an aaduna contributor who penned two captivating stories for the journal, and currently serves as a contributing editor. With that bit of information, we understand the “magic” of any online entity is that relationships are formed with people who you may never actually meet but professional partnerships and friendships still flourish. And then one day, everything is aligned and the digital becomes the reality.
On Thursday, May 25 at Theater Mack, as part of aaduna’s spring 2017 fundraiser, Austin Morgan delivered!
Doug Curry is a poet who weaves words to create tantalizing magic and engaging themes. More importantly, his Blues immersed poems are thunderous and hit the mark with each stanza. Doug Curry is a BLUES man. He rocked. He did not disappoint us at aaduna's fundraiser on the night of May 25, 2017!
Enjoy a video clip of Doug presenting his poem - Horsefly https://youtu.be/bSoohv7d6r8
Jackie "WOWed" the crowd at the aaduna spring 2017 fundraiser.
Listen to Jackie present one of her pieces right here: https://youtu.be/tk6tn1YDRfI
An award winning poet and artist, Rachael Z. Ikins read an excerpt from her 2016 book, "Totems, Tales from the Edge of the Woods." Ikins has published 6 chapbooks and her artwork has appeared in one-woman and group exhibits throughout the region. aaduna is pleased and honored that she participated as a featured writer in its May 25 fundraiser.
Enjoy this video clip excerpts of Totems: https://youtu.be/mOkWDBChJQQ
|(Left to Right) Rachael Ikins, Austin Morgan, Cyd Charisse Fulton, Jackie Warren-Moore, Doug Curry, Howard Nelson, bill berry, Jr.|
This event was funded in part by Poets & Writers with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
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