Join the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation of Falls Church as they celebrate Black History Month with the first annual Harlem Renaissance Fair from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at Northern Virginia Community College’s Annandale Campus. Musicians and actors will recreate the dynamic years and rich artistic achievements of the early 20th century in Harlem with an evening of jazz, dance, poetry and exhibits.
The event will include performances by Thad Wilson's Jazz Orchestra, featuring jazz vocalist Sharón Clark. The musical ensemble will bring back the music of the Harlem Renaissance and musical greats such as Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington. During the musical performances, dancers will also demonstrate some of the famous dance steps of the era. Local musicians will perform music by Nat King Cole and Sammy Davis Jr., and actor and poet David Mills will also present a one-man play based on the life and poetry of Langston Hughes
Living history performance vignettes of famous African-Americans of the Harlem Renaissance will take place during the reception and two intermissions in the gallery and foyer. There will also be exhibits pertaining to the Harlem Renaissance, and food and drink will be available for purchase.
The Harlem Renaissance Fair is open to the community. Tickets for the Harlem Renaissance Fair range from $20 to $50. For information about student discounts and group rates, call 703.534.4627 or email Edwin@tinnerhill.org. All proceeds will go toward the Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation.
The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation was founded in 1997 to preserve the early civil rights history of Falls Church, Va. Tinner Hill is an historic area of Falls Church where 100 years ago, a community came together to preserve their homes and land. The Tinner Hill community established the first rural branch of the NAACP in the nation. The Tinner Hill Heritage Foundation is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization.
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