StoryHarvest: A Celebration of Art and Food from Seed to Table

Date(s) - Saturday 09/26/2015
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The fifth annual StoryHarvest community celebration, featuring free food, music, art activities and more, will take place at Freedom Square in North Troy (101st Street where 5th and 6th Avenues meet). 

Just as farmers reap the harvest, providing sustenance for all, it is time to celebrate all our harvests–the results of seeds sown through art, education, agriculture, tolerance, and everything we do to build strong, healthy communities.

Co-sponsored by: KitchenSanctuary, Take Back our Community and Friends of Freedom Square, NATURE Lab, PreRamble with Transport Troy, Transition Troy, Troy Bike Rescue, Troy Cultural Alliance, League of Women Voters (Rensselaer County), Denison Farm and the Farm to Pre-School Program, Goold Orchard, Bella Napoli, UMO, Team H.E.R.O., Project Hype, North Central Neighborhood Community / DEFY and Troy Central Little League.



There’ll be genre-bending music yet again in Freedom Square, with:

Lansingburgh’s very own Joe Barna and his jazz quartet, featuring Mark Kleinhaut~guitar
Jon LeRoy~organ
Lee Russo- saxophone
Joe Barna~drums & cymbals!







New York City’s acclaimed TriBeCaStan!


We will serve a community meal, with “stone soup” created from veggies from our Collard City Growers’ garden and local farmers, barbeque, baked apples, hops sodas and other treats cooked by members of the community! Transition Troy will be making apple cider and solar powered smoothies!

Stone Soup, 2013, created with fresh harvest from Collard City Growers and local farmers [photo by Ellie Markovitch]

As a key StoryHarvest art activity, our community will come together at the corner of Freedom Square (101st on 6th/5th) to paint a “Creative Crosswalk,”called “Struggling Sturgeons.”

Cleared and Stained Atlantic Sturgeon, Acipenser Oxyrhynchus, 2001-03, Brandon Balangee, Courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, NY, NY

The Creative Crosswalks project is part of a series of sites where crosswalk paintings will be created in Troy with the support of many artists, organizations, community groups, businesses, city officials.  Artist Jillian Hirsch will lead the community in the painting of the Freedom Square crosswalks, at the mystical corner of 101st (where 6th Ave. turns into 5th Ave.)

This “Struggling Sturgeons” public art project explores the metaphor of the mythological sturgeon, struggling to survive in the toxic waters of the Hudson.  A visual info-graph and narrative depicting the actual size and struggle of both the Shortnose and Atlantic Sturgeon in the Hudson River over the last 400 years. From the existence of 70 year old 14ft giants to the industry induced decimation in the late 19th century, the sturgeon have been slowly coming back thanks to the concerns and efforts of countless conservationist, environmentalist and communities along the river. Maybe in our lifetimes, the Hudson River will be a safe and healthy home to ancient giants once more! Maybe in our lifetimes, our neighborhood will be a safe and healthy home to our children.









Folks on the PreRamble bike ride will complete their daily route by ending at Freedom Square to celebrate StoryHarvest.

Relive Jon Flanders’ photos of StoryHarvest 2014!