Saturday, November 11th at 5:30pm inside the Old Stone House’s Great Room.
336 3rd St., Brooklyn, NY 11215
Food & Public History Advisor to The Old Stone House (OSH), Tonya Hopkins, aka The Food Griot, hosts this onsite event for drinks and small plates in recognition of the global season of Remembrance. On Veterans Day (formerly known as Remembrance Day) join us as we explore historical, cultural, and traditional “Days of Remembrance” that take place around the globe during the Autumn season.
Meet Eléctrico team member and filmmaker Neville Farmer and watch his award-winning short film “Festival Oaxaca.” This 10-minute short centers around Oaxaca’s celebration of their ancestors and Eléctrico Mezcal’s ties with Oaxacan culture, celebrating the ancestors and the dearly departed. A guided tasting of super premium mezcal styles and drink demo is included for attendees 21 years of age and older.
Also featuring Claire Bellerjeau, Author of: “Remember Liss: The Remarkable True Story of One Woman’s Enslavement and Freedom in New York and OSH Scholar in Residence, Dylan Yeats PhD contributing to the spirited storytelling of remembrance.
More about the Festival:
This all new two-week+ long Autumnal series will be taking place during a time that some might call “Spooky Season” — the time frame from around Halloween (i.e., 10/26) until after Veterans Day (formerly known as Remembrance Day) that falls on 11/11 each year. Turns out there are quite a few historical, cultural, national (and yes, spiritual 😉 “Days of Remembrance” that take place around the globe during this same time of year (…just prior to the subsequent season of gratitude and giving that goes from the end of November through December and into the New Year) :
- “Samhain” in old Irish or Gaelic (Oct 31st – Nov 1st)
- Day of the Dead/ Dia De Los Muertos in Mexico and other areas throughout Latin America (Nov 1st- 2nd)…
- Fèt Gede/“Festival of the Dead” in Haiti (Nov 1st- 2nd)
- “La Festa dei Morti” in Italian (Nov 1st- 2nd)
- All Souls and All Saints Day in an wide range of Catholic-influenced cultures world-wide (Nov 1st- 2nd)
- Atatürk Day/ Remembrance Day for theTurks (Nov 10th)
- Remembrance Day throughout the British Commonwealth (Nov 11th)
- Veterans Day – U.S. Federal Holiday (Nov 11th) previously known as Remembrance Day…
- Bhoot Choturdoshi or Narak Chaturdashi /“The Night of the Ghosts” in India and Bangladesh (Nov 12th)
- A plethora of multi-cultural Days of Remembrance will also be acknowledged …
The community-centered neighborhood of Park Slope, Bklyn NYC is the perfect setting and starting point for an unprecedented and pioneering program like this that’s intended to foster connections in many forms. A vibrant neighborhood known for it’s abundance of restaurants and watering holes representing each of the above-mentioned cultures, nationalities, ethnicities and then some stretched along two major, parallel streets: 7th and 5th Aves. The latter especially is a multi-block oasis of “Mom & Pop” style small businesses (with loyal, local and destination-driven clienteles) peppered throughout a long stretch running from near downtown Brooklyn and the Barclays Center far beyond the South Slope towards Sunset Park…
We’ll visit many of these special places for tastings including: bits and bites of fab foods, delish sips of wines & spirits (+ creatively crafted cocktails and mocktails too) while experiencing immersive storytelling — and depending on the date and locale — you can also look forward to seeing: art displays, short film screenings, readings of: poetry, short plays , excerpts from relevantly themed books and ghost stories! Plus other spirit-lifting, body & soul nurturing activities for reflective rejoicing to help foster the art of remembrance of a range of impactful and inspirational lives lived — in both recent and far distant pasts.