The garden at Sixth Avenue and 15th Street sprang to life on Saturday, April 28 with Spoke the Hub’s "Local Produce Festival."
Spoke the Hub Dancers performed choreographer Elise Long’s "Green Light." According to Long, "Green Light" is "a community dance ’meditation’ on the passage of time, the color green and the go-go-goingness of spring."
The "Green Acres" dance number was performed to the theme song from the ’60s television show; approximately 50 members of the audience crouched in the garden to watch the afternoon of singing, poetry and dance performances; the opening segment, "Hyacinth in the Vale of Tears," performed to classical music by Samuel Barber, attracted the attention of passersby who stopped to peer through the fences; another scene from "Green Acres." Among those in the audience were state Sen. Marty Markowitz.
The Local Produce Festival was held at eight Park Slope locations and spanned April 2729. Among the weekend’s participants were the sea chantey-singing Johnson Girls, poet Gerry Gomez Pearlberg, jazz pianist Richard Thompson, the Red Hawk Indian Dancers and dance students from the Brooklyn Friends School, Berkeley Carroll and Brooklyn Arts Exchange.
The Spoke the Hub Re:Creation Center is located at 748 Union St. Performances will continue in the Garden of Union (Union Street and Fourth Avenue) from 5-7 pm on Tuesdays through September. For more information about the center, call (718) 857-5158.