Subject: Juneteenth & Make Music Day

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JUNE 18, 2021
As many of you will know, as of yesterday, Juneteenth, June 19th, was created as a federal holiday. Commemorating the end of slavery, "Juneteenth" goes back to the date, June 19, 1865, when Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger in Galveston, Texas, issued General Order No. 3, which announced that in accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation, “all slaves are free.” Months later, the 13th Amendment was ratified, abolishing slavery in the final four border states that had not been subjected to President Abraham Lincoln’s order. Here are three local events celebrating and commemorating the day.
Poetry & Justice:
Juneteenth Celebration

Fri. June 18, 4pm
Mark Twain Library
Gather on the Library’s lawn to celebrate Juneteenth in a poetry reading and discussion led by Tom Kilbourn, ordained Episcopal priest and retired Joel Barlow High School English teacher. Read and discuss poetry, that you can download, read or listen to ahead of time, to honor the day. Refreshments will be served. More... 
Juneteenth Parade &
Harambee Festival

Sat. June 19, 11am
Downtown Bridgeport
Seaside Park
Enjoy the 29th Annual Juneteenth Parade leading to the Harambee Festival. Live entertainment includes the Sage & City Shout Steelpan Orchestra, an African-inspired fashion show, children’s art projects, meet-the-author book signings, ethnic food trucks and much more. More... 
Goodnight Moonshine
Juneteenth Benefit

Sat. June 19, 7:30pm
Voices Café

Live-streamed benefit concert, celebrating Juneteenth, and benefiting Bridgeport’s Mary and Eliza Freeman Center for History and Community. The concert features Goodnight Moonshine with Molly Venter, also of Red Molly, and Eben Pariser, who also performs with Roosevelt Dime. 
Monday is the first day of Summer, the summer solstice, and international Make Music Day. 6 towns in our region have organized music, music, music all around their towns. Check their schedules and see if you can't drop in, enjoy and celebrate.
Make Music Day 2021

Mon. June 21, 9am
Fairfield County

This festival of music is celebrated around the world - in the streets, stores, porches, plazas, parks, gardens, beaches and more, with professionals and amateurs playing all kinds of music from classical to folk, hip hop to opera, Latin jazz to punk rock. Six towns in our region have organized programs: Bridgeport, Fairfield, Norwalk, Ridgefield, Stamford and Stratford. Hear a recording of our interview with the organizers as part of this month’s Spotlight on Arts & Culture, now available as a podcast on SoundCloud. More... 
The Cultural Alliance of Fairfield County is a nonprofit, membership service organization that supports its members by providing unified marketing, capacity building, professional development, and advocacy services. For the public, it publishes FCBuzz Events, a free comprehensive cultural calendar with the latest information on what’s happening in the arts and culture across Fairfield County. 

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