"StoryHarvest 2013" w/ Don Byron New Gospel Quintet, Nawal, local music stars and a free community potluck and BBQ


5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Join us for the third annual celebration of StoryHarvest, and celebrate a growing community network dedicated to sustainability!

Don’t miss musical performances by American clarinetist and composer Don Byron, joined by local music stars, and Nawal, “mystic pop diva” from the Comoros Islands!

SCHEDULE (all activities are at Freedom Square)

1pm MUSIC: Don Byron performs with local musical artists in a community gospel set, including KMJ (Jerry Ford), America Ray, Arthur Danzy, Church of God Ebenezer, and Laymen of Troy.

2:00 Stone Soup, by Jon Muth, reading by Susan Fowler of The Friendship Garden

2:30 MUSIC: Pop diva Nawal performs “Indo-Arabian-Persian/ Bantu rhythms with Sufi trance”

3:00 Veggie Mobile @ Freedom Square

3:30 Collar City PreRamble  awards

3:45  Stone Soup served, special thanks to KitchenSanctuary and local farmers

4:00 MUSIC: Don Byron and the New Gospel Quintet

5:30 End of event — volunteers welcome to help clean up!

Throughout the afternoon:

  • Pastor Willie’s Missing Link Barbeque
  • “Hope Tree” art activity!, with Susan Fowler and with  Ndeysohna Jobe of The Friendship Garden. Children will be invited to write about their hopes for their neighborhood, as we decorate “the Tree of Hope” in Freedom Square.
  • Food sculpture by Jillian Hirsch

WHAT IS STORY HARVEST?  Join us in a journey of conscious, inspirational and spiritual music, and food – including a community potluck with a harvest soup and barbeque.

 StoryHarvest 2013 celebrates a year of public art installations, performances, and workshops of the Sanctuary’s “Found Art in North Troy” project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” program and a legal settlement with the City of Troy.


Bring your blankets and lawn chairs, spoons and stories!

 KITCHEN SANCTUARY Cooking will be happening in the kitchen as donations come in through the day, at least 5 experienced people will help with the set up of StoryHarvest from 9am to 1pm.  Volunteers will also be appreciated cleaning up immediately after StoryHarvest!

Curried Butternut Squash Red Lentil Soup simmering for StoryHarvest!

Thank you Denison Farm CSA for donating amazing butternut squash and Nine Mile Farm, Soul Fire Farm, Capital District Community Gardens, Collard City Growers.

Photo by Ellie Markovitch




Starting downtown, the Collar City PreRamble will end up at Freedom Square to Celebrate StoryHarvest. Collar City PreRamble is an all-access path through and around Troy! The group will travel by foot, bike, skates, wheelchair, or whatever non-motorized vehicles your heart desires! You are encouraged to wear costumes and/or decorate your choice of transportation. Prizes will be given away!


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Local appearance of the Don Byron New Gospel Quintet is made possible by funding from the American Masterpieces program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Presenters Network Presenter-Artist Partnership Project made possible through a regrant from the New York State Council on the Arts.


Special thanks: