Arts Fair at the New Wyandanch Plaza
The August fair was the first event held in the new plaza
that sits between the apartment buildings close to the community’s LIRR
station. The effort was a significant part of Wyandanch Rising, the massive public-private
revitalization project for the area.
The free fair featured performances and lessons in the
flamenco, tango, and Haitian dances by Sol Y Sombra and La Troupe Zetwal, as
well as performances by bands Brady Rymer & The Little Band That Could and
the Christopher Dean Sullivan Trio. The latter group also held a workshop. In
addition there was a performance and lesson by the Venettes Cultural Workshop,
and a performance by Trio EKE, a Usdan alumni chamber music group.
There were also African-American relics and historical
African art, and arts and crafts booths where attendees created a community
quilt, painted, planted and did other fun activities. There were food trucks
and MasterChef Junior contestant AJ
Espinoza who did a meet and greet and gave a cooking demonstration. “Zooptopia”
was shown to movie goers in the plaza.
A good time was had by all – further evidence that Transit
Oriented Developments like Wyandanch can can be a real plus for our communities
and culture by creating vibrant and diverse downtowns.