Queens Green Day Festival

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 2019 • 12–4PM • FREE!

Debuted in 2018, Socrates’ Queens Green Day invites the community to learn and play at the Park while digging in to their relationship with Mother Earth. Join us for music, dance, performance, food, and activities!

Get back to your roots with activities and demos from our partners Hellgate Farm, The Connected Chef, Queens Action Council (QuAC), Big Reuse, Queens Beekeepers Guild, Inc., Mindful Astoria, and Smiling Hogshead Ranch. Move, dance, and explore the weedy borderlands of Socrates with the Environmental Performance Agency (EPA), and encounter a series of site-specific activations that “walk between the worlds” and illuminate our connection to nature with performance artists: Chris Carlone, Stacy Lynn Smith, Hector Canonge, Mare Hieronimus, and Marina Zelenovic.

On stage, 2019 Socrates Artist Fellow Tecumseh Ceaser of the Matinecock clan, First Nation of Queens and Long Island, joins his father Chief Reggie Ceaser to share their culture, and Africa Forest dance brings us the music of Africa now, at once ancient and ultra-modern, to move our souls and our feet.

EVENT SCHEDULE

12-4PM:

Queens Public Library‘s Bookcycle will be onsite, the Natural Sciences Dept of LaGuardia Community College will be facilitating solarscope (sun) viewing, and Salt Tree Art will be collecting seed stories from visitors that highlight the connections between plants and Queens residents. Visitors will also be invited to plant and take home selected seeds that have played a key role in shaping the borough’s history. 

Enjoy food & drink from Balancero, Little Chef Little Kitchen and Château le Woof – Pet Market & Café!

12:30PM 

Chris Carlone begins a series of brief site-specific performance art and movement activations inspired by the theme of the Hedgewitch, which “travels between this world and the spirit world through the portal of nature.”

1pm

Marina Zelenovic performance.

1-1:30pm

Join the Environmental Performance Agency (EPA) for a performative field study exploring the agency of spontaneous urban plants (aka weeds) found in and around the surrounding borderlands of Socrates. Through a series of embodied science practices and movement scores that draw from the wisdom of weedy plants and feral landscapes, we’ll explore the East River’s edge and the nearby ecotones of Costco and Hallets Cove Beach. Participants will learn movement-based strategies for multi-species communication, meditate on the resilience of marginal ecosystems, and experiment with field science practices for a world beyond human. No previous experience needed.

1:30pm

Mare Hieronimus performance

1:45pm

Procession through the Parkled by Africa Forestdance band and our friends from the Matinecock tribe! 

2pm

Africa Forestdance music performance featuring Kevin Nathaniel

Africa Forestdance plays the music of Africa now, at once ancient and modern- spirit which moves in us all. The ensemble features the enchanting sounds of Africa: kora, bala, mbira, djembe, and voice, in a way that will move your soul and your feet!

Also 2019 Socrates Artist Fellow Tecumseh Ceaser will engage in culture sharing, dance & storytelling along with his father, Chief Reggie Herb Dancer Ceaser of the Matinecock tribe, First Nation of Queens and Long Island

3-3:30pm

Join the Environmental Performance Agency (EPA) for a performative field study exploring the agency of spontaneous urban plants (aka weeds) found in and around the surrounding borderlands of Socrates. Through a series of embodied science practices and movement scores that draw from the wisdom of weedy plants and feral landscapes, we’ll explore the East River’s edge and the nearby ecotones of Costco and Hallets Cove Beach. Participants will learn movement-based strategies for multi-species communication, meditate on the resilience of marginal ecosystems, and experiment with field science practices for a world beyond human. No previous experience needed.

3:10pm

Stacy Lynn Smith performance

3:30pm

Hector Canonge performance

NEIGHBORHOOD TIP

Also on Saturday, June 8th, you can catch the debut of new street-art murals at the Welling Court Mural Project (30th Ave and 12th St in Astoria) from 12-7PM! More info: 10th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

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