The annual JUNETEENTH Celebration is a favorite event at the Arcosanti site. This is a two-day festival of music and art and delicious food, and it excelled this year with a lively, warm and mellow atmosphere.
For a little bit of back-ground, the festival commemorates the time in the beginning of June [the teenth of June], when most slaves first heard about President Lincoln’s 1863 declaration of freedom.
And it symbolizes the joy of a call to freedom, and the responsibility to assist in developing a more inclusive and equitable society. The arts in general, and in this case specifically, African-American arts, are one of the most compelling sources for passing this message on. [photo: Cannon Fire Ensemble]
This annual event has been a musical highlight for many years and this year again, event organizer Milt Cannon put together a line-up of very talented musicians. Milt Cannon leads the Prescott Jazz Society Henry of Henry Turner Jr. and Flavor joined the café staff and like last year, cooked a delicious dinner of soul-food [fried catfish, rice and beans, fried cornbread, collared greens].
There were lots of vendors with Art and Crafts. Husain Abdul-Alim of Spiritwood has been part of this festival every year with his beautiful hand carved wooden masks and a great selection of hand made jewelry, hats, eclectic clothing, incense and more.
Creations by Sylvia offered bags, shirts and T-shirts,
there was the creative art of Ayandè,
Mike and Darlene Little with Small World Trading Company brought handcrafted art from Africa,
artisan Karen Hammer of ‘Crimson Fairy’ offered jewelry, stained glass, leather and beyond,
ASIS Massage School was present with several massage tables and chairs and gave wonderful massages.
And ‘Restaurant 28’ from Glendale, AZ, brought super yummy North Caroline Style Soul Food Cuisine, very tasty ribs. And Arcosanti’s own Arco Baba served Falafel and grilled cheese sandwiches.
This report continues on 6/17/09.
[photos from upper left: Booth of Husain Abdul-Alim of Spiritwood, Arco Baba’s palace, booth of Ayandè and the booth of Small World Trading Company]