Monthly Archives: October 2008

My First Time at a Harvest Festival

This was my first time at the Harvest Festival. I never knew Red Hook had a farm, but it does. Now is your chance to go see it. When I went there I saw chickens running around. The workers were selling apples, peppers, etc.

In the Harvest Festival there were performances. I was watching a performance, it was great, they were singing in Arabic. Even though I have no idea what they were saying, it sounded great. I was shaking my head.

We made a tree. We wrote, “What’s growing in Red Hook?” Everyone put a leaf on the tree. It could be anything you want like one person wrote “My cousin got engaged.” I was sitting at the table watching Ruby. Ruby just graduated from NYU and she is an artist. She was drawing everyone’s portrait. It was free. It was hard to find somebody that wanted to go at first, but when she found a little girl that was strong enough to go then there was like 100 people that were on the line! She stopped when the harvest festival ended- they didn’t even give her a chance to pee!. This Harvest Festival reminds me of Haiti. When I was in Haiti sometime I go hunting with my uncle and we also picked yams!

–Tony St. Hilaire, DTE intern

Tony Talks About Drama Club

In my school, Brooklyn International High School every year we have Drama Club. In Drama Club we help students with their English. It doesn’t matter if you just came to the United States, we make you try to learn how to say everything in English. We also make you teach us how to say it in your language.

Every workshop we have to perform; students have to show something they have worked on that day in Drama Club. Sometimes we show a dance, or a scene or even a poem. On 12/8/08 we have a performance at Brooklyn International High School, and 12/15/08 we are going to NYU to perform. The theme for our performance is Journey. In Drama Club we create our own story to perform. Each of the students has to tell about their journey from their home country to the U.S. After that we look at all of those stories that the students have told, then we give our opinion about what we think. After we finish talking it over we create one big performance and perform in our school and NYU.

An interesting thing about Drama Club is having NYU students work with us. The NYU students are taking a class called Equal Exchange. Coming to work with us at BIHS is part of their class work.

In Drama Club we always have a buddy system. The buddy system is when we match a BIHS student to an NYU student. They can plan to go to a movie or visit the college, and the BIHS students can teach about their home country and their culture. My buddy, Rebecca, asks me a lot of questions!

-Jean Tony St. Hilaire, Junior, Brooklyn International High School

Red Hook Harvest Fest 2k8

On Saturday Added Value had their annual Harvest Festival. Luckily, there was no shortage of cute kids.
Sasha shows off her portrait, done at DTE’s table by Ruby Thorkelson.
Ruby puts some last touches on the DTE Poetry Tree (say that five times fast) while Tony mans the information table.

The poetree filled out with some leaves from the community.

Thanks to everyone at Added Value, especially Andy for putting it all together. Great job, and we’ll see you next year!

New Intern at DTE

If you were at Green-Wood for Angels and Accordions, you may have already met Tony. If not, now’s your chance to get to know the newest member of the DTE team.

Check out Tony’s bio on the DTE webpage.

There is a presidential election happening this year

The “Americans for the Arts Action Fund” recently released its summary of the Arts Positions of the 2008 Presidential Candidates.
Check it out here, and head over to the Americans for the Arts webpage while you’re at it.

All alone.

While Martha and Katya head over to Green-Wood Cemetery to prepare for tonight’s excerpt-performance of Angels and Accordions, Jon is left to take pictures of empty chairs.

Fear not, though- for with this alone time, I will only get more work done on the new website redesign. Thoughts? More pictures? Info you need not on there? Is it compatible with your browser? If not- let me know (and get Firefox- it’s a new millennium out there, Internet Explorer was great for the 90s)-

See you tomorrow at Green-Wood for the TWO FREE PERFORMANCES of Angels & Accordions. I’ve loved hearing from people hoping to attend- if you have any questions feel free to drop me a line, or just let me know you’re excited to be a part of this unique tour/performance. Shout out (Sarah Palin must be rubbing off on me) to openhousenewyork for helping to make it happen.