NYC Karl Linn Memorial Celebration.
- Subject: [cg] NYC Karl Linn Memorial Celebration.
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 17:56:17 -0400
forwarded by Jane Weissman.
Dear Friends and Colleagues of Karl Linn
Please excuse the late date of this invitation to participate in a
commemoration of the life of Karl Linn on Saturday, May 21 (Rain
Date, Sunday, May 22).
We are planning a Phase 2 memorial for Karl later, but the
opportunity to celebrate his life in the context of the
extraordinary, surprising and somewhat magical annual Earth
Celebrations Pageant, part of the campaign to save the community
gardens of New York City's Lower East Side, is too synchronous with
everything Karl stood for to pass up.
Please refer to the end of this email for a description and schedule
of the Pageant. The slide show of last year's pageant will give you
a sense of what to expect:
The commemoration of Karl will take place at the end of the day-long
annual event which has been ongoing and growing since 1991. The
pageant invites people to accompany a parade of costumed actors,
dancers, and musicians as they wend their way from 10 AM to 6 PM
through 40 Lower East Side Community Gardens The pageant is not only
a paean to New York City's Lower East Side Community Gardens and to
the tenants who live around each of these gardens whose efforts and
artistry created them, but also to the spirit that Karl who pioneered
the concept of neighbors turning trash-strewn lots between their
tenement buildings into parks.
There are approximately 60 community gardens between Houston St.,
(one block south of 1st Street), and 14th St., between Avenues B and
D. Each is unique. Each is beautiful. Together they represent a force
of urban grass roots power and potential that deserves recognition on
the National and State Register of Historic Places.
When Giuliani was mayor of New York, he tried to confiscate them and
turn them over to housing developers, but Bette Midler, through the
instigation of Joe Pupello, then executive director of her New York
Restoration Project, bought about two-thirds of them.
Felicia Young, the founder of this annual event, is a master of
pageantry. I hope you can come early enough to walk through as many
of the gardens as you can (See list and schedule below). You will be
in for a fine day. The Earth Celebrations' Pageant is truly a
celebration of Karl's vision and values.
The commemoration of Karl will be part of the pageant's Grand Finale
at 6 PM
in the Green Oasis Garden
8th Street between Avenues C and D, (closer to D)
* * * * *
After the pageant, those of us who have come to pay homage to Karl
will have an opportunity to relax with one another at a nearby
50 Avenue B @ 4th St
In a lovely and relaxing private dining room
The restaurant offers the option of a 3-course prix-fixe dinner for
$30. Please let us know if that sounds OK to you. If not, one can
simply order from the menu.
This will be an opportunity for us to share memories of Karl, and
watch short excerpts of two films of and about Karl, which were
prepared for his memorial service in California.
* * * * *
1. a 3-minute tribute to Karl from the director of "A Lot in
Common," the one hour film on Karl's vision and work building the
Peralta Community Art Garden in Berkeley, which was shown nationally
on PBS and is distributed by Bullfrog Films
2. a short overview of Karl's life from "Karl Linn's Journey: Through
Shattered Dreams Toward a More Caring Society," a digital video
project by Verona Fonte
On the new website,
you can see some of Verona's work
* * * * *
Carl Anthony, Shirley Chesney, Phyllis Yampolsky, Diana Young
Committee for the Karl Linn Commemoration
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