There’s a cool festival that some friends o’ Greenwich Village are trying to put together that will honor the ever-changing culture of our beautiful nabe. The nascent Village Trip will bill itself as, “A month-long, multi-venue celebration of the history and culture of Greenwich Village past, present and future.” The music, dance, poetry, fashion, and film from the 50s and 60s would be the focus of this future event, and to that we say, “Yay!”
We’re proud to say that our little hotel is right at the center of all the action! We’re hosting a launch party in our lounge on the evening of Monday, May 22nd. Tickets are $50 and you’ll get a big bang for your buck. Singer Emilie Conway, backed by keyboard player Darragh Hennessy and bassist Marco Varela, will perform Make Believe Nightspot, 1954, a collection of songs that you would have heard in neighboring clubs back in the day. Actress Kelly Letourneau will perform dramatic readings from Irish-American author and then-named Hotel Earle sometime-resident Maeve Brennan’s The Long-Winded Lady. Angela Bourke wrote a book on Maeve, Maeve Brennan: Homesick at the New Yorker and will be on hand to chat about the legendary scribe and her close relationship to Greenwich Village. For more about Maeve, click here.
Phew! We love this potential celebration of our history and future, and think you will, too! Please head here for tickets for the May 22nd kick-off and more info about the festival. We look forward to seeing you here!
Image courtesy of Wurts Bros. Collection – The Museum of the City of New York