It was not planned to be a gala affair…it just happened that way.
Once a year on the fourth Thursday of May, selected and invited poets, writers and musicians come together for a special evening of sharing their creative gifts that are delicately and fiercely wrapped in words and notes in the spirit and legacy of the ongoing impact of the Harlem Renaissance. Audience members came decked out in flapper dresses, glittering bow ties, and sharp and hip caps and hats marked by a frivolity of spirit and attitude that morphed to attentive listening as the music cascades for bodily movement, and the words reign a multitude of emotions and topics that challenge and enlighten.
The 4th annual aaduna spring 2018 fundraiser was convened in the Carriage House Theater, the engaging and intimate multi-use performance space of the Cayuga Museum of History and Art in Auburn, NY.
Musicians Joe Whiting (saxophone and vocals) and Terry Quill (guitar and vocals) opened the evening with a vitality of sound that heralded what was to continue.
Give a listen to aaduna CEO/Publisher Bill Berry's welcome to the aaduna spring 2018 fundraiser "Free Style"
Here is Howard's ode to Sister Rosetta Tharpe! LISTEN
MEET HOT FLASH MAMA!!!!!!!!!!!
|Eileen McHugh, Executive Director/Cayuga Museum & Billye Chabot, Executive Director/Seward House Museum, Treasurer/aaduna board of directors|
Very special thanks and thunderous applause to Eileen McHugh (director) and Kirsten Wise (curator,) Cayuga Museum, for their unselfish support that easily went above and beyond. aaduna appreciates their generosity of spirit, and publicly recognizes that without their support, the annual fundraiser would be a Sisyphusian challenge. And we know how that turned out!
|Ron Van Nostrand, Publisher/Olive Trees with wife, Toni Van Nostrand|
While a distinct and separate event, this fundraiser is part of the Cayuga Museum, Olive Trees and aaduna “word, revisited” initiative that brings a bi-monthly literary series to the larger community.