|African American Heritage Day at Piscataway Park|
Saturday September 25
"Common Ground: Connecting Food, Land, and History" will be an entertaining exploration of African American culture with a special focus on foodways of the region. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the event honors the role that African Americans have played in our regional and national history and culture. Listen to the Archie Edwards Blues Foundation perform songs about food. Learn the history of African American foodways in the region as Dr. Psyche Williams-Forson leads a panel of scholars and experts. Hear Jim Cummins, Director of the Living Resources of the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin, talk about fish in the Potomac, and then participate in a fishing lesson at the Accokeek Foundation's popular fishing pier. Enjoy an Iron Chef competition organized by Ronald LeGrand, who has volunteered for many years with Real Men Cook. Other attractions include artist Lorina Harris guiding young and old in making art with food, a "market" area with food vendors including Damian Mosley of Blacksauce Kitchen and "Doc" Shields, and entertainment by Vera Oye Yaa-Anna, a West African culinary storyteller. Foodways expert Michael Twitty will give living history foodways demonstrations in the kitchen area of the farm. Costumed interpreters will be on hand to give tours of the site, and actors in our award-winning Museum Theater Internship Program will present a short museum theater performance crafted from oral history interviews gathered at last year's African American Heritage Day.
African American Heritage Day is supported by a grant from the Washington Post and from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive.
Sponsoring Gateway: Piscataway Park
Cost: $5.00 per Person - Members free. Children 2 and under free.
Registration Status: Open
Space Limited: Yes