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Weekly Rec: Three Days of Juneteenth Commemorations in Haverstraw, Illuminate the Darkness at the Nyack Library, ArtsRock’s Peter and the Wolf and the Big Red Book Club continues

Commemorate Juneteenth in Haverstraw

Juneteenth commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States. This announcement came 2 1/2 years after The Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery.  

The 9th Annual Juneteenth Celebration Weekend takes place June 14-16, 2024 at the Haverstraw African Memorial Park in Haverstraw. Weekend events include the annual Flag Raising Ceremony and Dancing Under the Stars on Friday, June 14th, the Juneteenth Celebration on Saturday, June 15th and ending with Gospel in the Park on Sunday, June 16th. Fun for the whole family!

Visit The Haverstraw African American Connection for more info.

Illuminate the Darkness

This experimental, multimedia theatrical production, written and performed by Bea Conner-Pohl was developed through a collaboration with the Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, a non-profit art organization partially funded by Humanities
NY. It premiered in Bea Conner-Pohl’s hometown of Nyack, New York during March’s
Women’s History Month in the U.S. and will be performed again on June 15th for
Juneteenth in the U.S at the Nyack Library at 2:00pm.

The production has three elements, a live theatrical performance by Bea Conner-Pohl, a screening of video interviews of women of color and audience participation.
The women interviewed were of different races and ethnicities and the videos focus on illustrating their plights, their tragedies, and their achievements.

This is the revised second production of the show before it goes to the Scotland Edinburgh Fringe Festival from August 1 to the 11th.

Click here for free registration

Peter and the Wolf and The Babbling Orchestra

The Rockland Symphony Orchestra partners with ArtsRock’s Milk and Cookies Family Series to present two classical music works for young people and their families on Sunday, June 16 at 2:00pm at Nyack High School, 360 Christian Herald Road, Nyack.

Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, designed to introduce young people to the orchestra, is a timeless tale filled with adventure, music, and imagination. The classic story follows the young and brave Peter as he embarks on a daring mission to protect his animal friends from the wolf.

Also on the program is another delightful work for young people, The Babbling Orchestra, with a story by Peabody Award-winning producer and broadcaster Elliott Forrest from WQXR Radio and music by composer Michael Shapiro. This piece for orchestra and narrator tells the story of a piccolo player who would like to play not solo, but with others, only to discover every member of the orchestra speaks a different language. No one is communicating and there is chaos. Ultimately, when they all play together, everybody learns to get along and live in harmony.

Both works will be narrated by Mr. Forrest with visuals on a big screen, provided by local young art students.

The Rockland Symphony Orchestra
Nicole Peragine, conductor
WQXR’s Elliott Forrest, narrator

Click here for Tickets for $25 ($75 for a Family Four Pack)
Subsidized and free tickets are available for those unable to afford this rate. Please email with your request.

Big Red Book Club

Join Big Red Books for their literary fiction book club, a discussion of Great Expectations by Vinson Cunningham on Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30pm.

Purchase the novel at Big Red Books, and you will receive a 15% discount.

Everyone is welcome, whether you’ve finished the book or not.

Feel free to bring a snack or beverage to share.

RSVP at to let us know you’ll be there.

Big Red Books in located at 120 Main Street in Nyack.

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