Palisades Interstate Park Commission
Senate House State Historic Site
African American Culture & History Festival
Saturday, October 2, 2010
10 am to 7 pm
A stellar lineup of musical and poetic talent comes to Senate House State Historic Site for its second annual African American History & Culture Festival, from 10 am to 7pm on Saturday, October 2. And the best part? All the performers—along with a renowned lecturer, hands-on activities for kids, food, and tours--are free! Join Master Drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor and Sankofa, Kim and Reggie Harris, Kansas City Sound and jazz luminary Hugh Brodie, Michael Monasterial, Percussion Orchestra of Kingston (POOK), and Readnex Poetry Squad for a full day of first-class entertainment.
The festival begins with a free drum workshop at 10:00 am by master drummer Maxwell Kofi Donkor. Some drums will be supplied, or bring your own. Young people are especially welcome, and no experience is necessary. Also at 10 am, Professor A.J. Williams-Myers speaks on the influence of Africans on the Hudson Valley tradition of Pinkster, originally a European celebration marking Pentecost and the arrival of spring.
The Senate House is located at 296 Fair Street, Kingston, NY 12401.
For further information about this and other upcoming events please call the site at (845) 338-2786