Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Celebrating Area IV- the Port’s Life

Celebrate Area IV on Wednesday, February 29, 2012 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Please note the 

EVENT VENUE CHANGE:  The Cambridge Citywide Senior Center
806 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139

Master of Ceremonies Pastor Lorraine A. Thornhill will preside and  Stories from the Neighbors will be facilitated by Norah Dooley. This event will highlight The Port’s diversity and cultural vibrancy. Featuring the talented Fletcher-Maynard Academy Choir and a dance performance by the L.I.G.H.T. Steppers of First Holiness Church. Stories about experiences of life in the Port will be shared through the perspectives and voices of neighborhood residents facilitated by Norah Dooley, a regional storyteller, children’s author and spoken word performer.

First Washington Street block party - July, 1989
Norah became a storyteller, educator, critically acclaimed  children’ s author while living in Area 4. She and her family of 4 daughters and husband Robert were in on the first Washington Street block parties which inspired her series of picture books about her neighbors  " Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread et.als" Norah is co-founder of and the Greater Boston Story Slam series, project director of the StoriesLive® curriculum, teaching high school students to tell their stories, Norah has been connecting people to their stories to help connect people to each other, for over 20 years. She began telling stories at Lesley University an first performed in the Fletcher After School program thanks to the support and mentoring of Roz Shoy. Her first public gig as a storyteller was at the Cambridge River Festival in 1991. She also credits her daughters with the impetus to tell stories by never "going easy into that goodnight".

The National Storytelling Network (NSN) and StoryStream Cambridge's innovative StoryTrades project co-sponsors the storytelling segment of the evening. StoryTrades ("an exchange of stories by real people") is a series of informal but focused events, designed to bring together residents, people who work in Cambridge, and business owners to share personal stories on a variety of announced themes.

City of Cambridge Employees’ Committee on Diversity