NEW HAVEN CELEBRATES ITS 375th BIRTHDAY THIS WEEK
(4/24/2013) Events planned throughout the week, culminating in a celebration on the Green this Saturday, April 27th
(New Haven, CT)- At dusk on the evening of Wednesday, April 24th, lasers will light up the sky over New Haven, forming a “night rainbow” in commemoration of the date, which is New Haven’s 375th Anniversary. While Wednesday is the actual 375th Anniversary of New Haven, a free, family-friendly birthday celebration will take place on Saturday, April 27th from 1 to 4 pm on the Green.
Saturday’s free event on the Green will feature horse drawn carriage rides, performances on two stages, art activities, historic documentaries, the re-planting of the Lincoln Tree and much more. “New Haven prides itself on being a welcoming city and I’d like to welcome everyone to the New Haven Green for this celebration to enjoy the day with your family and friends,” said Mayor John DeStefano, Jr.
Leading up to Saturday’s birthday celebration on the Green, “Night Rainbow/Global Rainbow New Haven,” will light up New Haven’s night sky for four consecutive nights (Wednesday through Saturday) from dusk until 1 am. The laser light sculpture is the 2013 public art commission of the group Site Projects and is the work of American artist Yvette Mattern. The lasers will originate from the top of East Rock Park and beam west, across New Haven, into West Haven and fade over Long Island Sound for approximately 30 miles.
Saturday’s celebration on the Green will kick off with opening remarks and then the re-planting of the Lincoln Oak. The Lincoln Oak was originally planted on the New Haven Green in 1909 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, but fell over during Hurricane Sandy last October.
The festivities on the Green are all free and include performances and activities for almost any taste, including spoken word and poetry, classical music, folk music, gospel music, Ukrainian music and dance, ballet, salsa lessons, a yoga class, a puppet show and interactive art activities for children and adults.
At the Long Wharf Theatre Education tent, children will be able to explore different folk tales from around the globe. Using experiential learning techniques, participants will listen to creation myths and folktales from West Africa and Europe. Following each story, participants will have the opportunity to create artwork based on the story they heard.
People will be able to take place in Metamorphosis, the year-long initiative of Project Storefronts. Metamorphosis starts off with small colorful paper butterfly shapes. A message of hope, a dream, or a wish is written on each butterfly and then glued to a backing that will be hung or mounted in various spaces and places at the current Project Storefronts location on 756 Chapel Street.
United Church will show the documentary film Amistad Revolt: All We Want Is Make Us Free. The 33-minute documentary is narrated by award-winning stage actress Vinnie Burrows, produced by Karyl K. Evans—with Andrea Hubbell as supervising producer, was written by Jeremy Brecher and the won American Bar Association’s 1997 Silver Gavel Award Winner for Film and Video.
Trinity Church will be showing two documentaries during Saturday’s event, Heart of a City was written, directed, and produced by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Karyl Evans and narrated by New Haven native and award-winning actor Paul Giamatti. The film reveals fascinating historical narratives and little known facts about the Green. This treasure of rarely seen archival photographs, paintings, and hand-colored engravings, along with interviews and an original score bring the history of the New Haven Green to life. The film was funded by the Garden Club of New Haven, Inc., and the Committee of the Proprietors of the Common and Undivided Lands in New Haven.
The Grove Street Cemetery: City of the Dead, City of the Living, a companion film to The New Haven Green, was also written, directed, and produced by North Haven resident Karyl Evans. The film is a tour of the 215-year-old active cemetery located at 227 Grove Street, near Prospect Street It was incorporated in 1797 to alleviate overcrowding in the city burial ground located in the upper Green. The stones from this cemetery were eventually moved to the Grove Street location and are arranged alphabetically around the surrounding wall. The tour incorporates wonderful shots of the grounds and plantings with appropriate discussions of the many famous and interesting people interred there.
Additionally this spring's Restaurant Week, which began on Sunday, runs through Friday, April 26th. Participating restaurants will offer a three course, prix fixe menu consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Prix fixe menus are priced at $18 for lunch and $32 for dinner.
In honor of New Haven’s 375th Anniversary, diners will be able to park at two downtown garages (the Temple Street Garage and the Crown Street Garage) for just $3.75 from 4 pm until midnight for the duration of Restaurant Week.
Vivian Nabeta, the Director of Arts, Culture and Tourism, said, “This is a great way to celebrate the City’s birthday and a nice way for people to come together. With the wide range of activities, there will be something fun for everyone.”