The Village Trip

A new annual festival honoring the history and heritage of Greenwich Village

The Village Trip Autumn 2018 Program

September 27–30, 2018 Events

Opening reception at the Washington Square Hotel: Thursday, evening
A special exhibition of rarely seen work by celebrated Village photographer David Gahr and unique archival art of the 1960s, plus live music and drinks.

Eugene O'Neill and the Village: Friday, daytime
The Iceman Cometh – actors present scenes in the locales that inspired O’Neill plays.

Jazz Symposium: Friday, evening
An evening of live music and discussion with Grammy-winners, jazz legends and contemporary music superstars on the celebrated jazz faculty at the New School.

Poetry and the Village: Saturday, daytime
Greenwich Village as home and inspiration – a tour through the life and work of some of the many of the poets who lived and worked in the Village. At the Jefferson Market Library.

Concert in Washington Square Park: Saturday, evening
Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square – a live concert in the shadow of the Arch in celebration of the legendary and influential folk music heritage of Greenwich Village.

Sunday Jazz Brunch with David Amram: Sunday, morning
The legendary composer and performer who’s played with Leonard Bernstein, Jack Kerouac and countless others offers an intimate performance in the North Square Lounge at the Washington Square Hotel.

Folk Symposium: Woody Guthrie and the New York Folk Revival: Sunday, evening
The 1960s folk revival – an evening of live music and discussion in a celebrated venue forever associated with muscians of the folk revival. Find out more.

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Music will be celebrated all year at the historic Washington Square Hotel, home-base for The Village Trip and its first sponsor.

Come to the Washington Square Hotel and experience for yourself the history and the music.

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Paintings by Edward Sorel for the Waverly Inn. Reproduced by kind permission of the artist.
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Magic Times

Caffe Cino and the Birth of
Off-Off Broadway

Celebrating the marriage of social justice and theater in Greenwich Village

The Village Trip is delighted to share photos and a report on Magic Times: Caffe Cino and the Birth of Off-Off Broadway, which took place at the equally legendary Cornelia Street Café, next door to the old Cino. It’s from Westview News and written by Robert Heide, one of the participants. A Cino “grad”, his plays include The Bed, which was premiered at the Caffe and later filmed by Andy Warhol, his first split-screen movie.

The evening was introduced by the inimitable and indefatigable Robin Hirsch – “Minister of Culture, Wine Czar, Dean of Faculty”  – who left London on a Fulbright scholarship to study avant-garde theatre and established the Cornelia Street Café and Theatre in Greenwich Village in 1976. It is now a culinary as well as a literary landmark.

Robin Hirsch

Robin Hirsch opens the proceedings

All photos ©Liz Thomson

Charles Isherwood (moderator, left) and John Gilman

Charles Isherwood (moderator, left) and John Gilman

Robert Heide (right) and John Guare

Robert Heide (right) and John Guare

Magie Dominic and Jean-Claude Van Itallie

Magie Dominic and Jean-Claude Van Itallie

Magic Times group picture

From left: Charles Isherwood, John Gilman, John Guare, Robert Heide, Jean-Claude van Itallie and Magie Dominic

John Guare

John Guare

In words and music, Magic Times celebrated the contribution of Caffe Cino to theater and to gay rights. The event was chaired by theater critic Charles Isherwood, and featured discussion and music from writers and performers whose careers began on Cino’s hallowed stage, among them John Guare, the multi-award-winning author of The House of Blue Leaves and Six Degrees of Celebration; Robert Heide, whose plays include West of the Moon and The Bed, which was filmed by Andy Warhol, his first split-screen movie; Magie Dominic, poet, author, and curator of Caffe Cino - History of Off-Off Broadway at Lincoln Center; and Jean-Claude van Itallie, best-known for America Hurrah and The Serpent.


New Book: The Village Trip

Icon Books logo Icon Books, a leading independent publisher with offices in New York and London, is partnering with The Village Trip for a book on Greenwich Village.

Publication is scheduled for fall 2019 in both markets. The book will chronicle the history of the Village as the crucible of 20th-century American culture and its place at the forefront of the fight for social justice in terms of women's rights, civil rights and LGBT rights. As a local wit famously put it, “Everything started in the Village – except Prohibition”.

The Village Trip will be a guide to the people and places that comprise this unique neighborhood – though as anarchist, writer and waiter Hippolyte Havel, on whom Eugene O'Neill based Hugo Kalmar in The Iceman Cometh, “Greenwich Village is a spiritual zone of mind. It has no boundaries”.


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“Greenwich Village is a spiritual zone of mind. It has no boundaries”
Hippolyte Havel: anarchist, writer and waiter (c. 1915)

New York City’s Greenwich Village has been a cultural and countercultural epicenter of American art and thought for over a hundred years – and continues to be cherished as “a spiritual zone of mind”, a place of creativity and experimentation that knows no boundaries.

Our portable festival will be centered at the Washington Square Hotel – formerly the Hotel Earle – whose fabled history spans a wealth of bohemian scenes: From the theater and poetry days of Eugene O’Neill and Edna St Vincent Millay in the 1910s and ‘20s to the wealth of jazz artists and clubs (Billie Holiday at Café Society, et al) and experimental dance studios (Martha Graham, et al) in the ‘30s; to the first era of folk, blues and protest singers (Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, Cisco Houston, et al) of the 1940s to the beat poets (Ginsberg, Kerouac, and Bleecker Street-born Gregory Corso) of the ‘50s; to the second generation folkies (Dylan, Ochs, Richie Havens, Buffy St Marie, and so many more) in the 1960s, and on through to Patti Smith and the punk life of the ‘70s.


Girl with a Guitar (Washington Square c. 1967) by David Gahr
Reprinted by kind permission of the estate of David Gahr


Lounge Event 2017

Washington Square Hotel logoIn May 2017, friends of The Village Trip gathered for a celebratory evening at which plans for a Greenwich Village festival were unveiled. The party brought together artists from across New York City, including the Village itself, as well as Dublin and London.

An Evening of Words and Music with Maeve Brennan and Friends took place in the Lounge at the Washington Square Hotel, a boutique family business in the heart of Greenwich Village. Featuring Kelly Letourneau, Emilie Conway with Darragh Hennessy and Marcos Varela, Angela Bourke and Richard Barone.

The evening itself was ajudged a success, raising both money and profile, and the response to the Village Trip has been positive indeed. Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey sent goodwill messages, and local business and cultural alliances have stated their wish to be involved with the project. NYC&Company is aboard and we will shortly reveal a significant partnership.

Watch highlights from the Washington Square Hotel Lounge event:



Where we're coming from . . . and where we're going to

Washington Square Our aim is to cultivate TVT into an annual event, supported by, and embracing, the local community and businesses; a perennial festival that will engage the neighborhood itself, while bringing in visitors from across the city, the state and, in the fullness of time, the nation and the world: the countless many who have been touched, often without even knowing it, by the bohemian citizens of the Free and Independent Republic of Washington Square.


The People

LIZ THOMSON, born and raised in London, has long been fascinated by Greenwich Village, an area she has come to know well over two decades of visiting, always staying at the Washington Square Hotel. The idea for The Village Trip sprang from her work on the restoration of the late New York Times journalist Robert Shelton’s biography of Bob Dylan, No Direction Home (2011), which chronicles in vivid detail the 1960s Village scene. She is a widely published journalist and author and a frequent broadcaster and has appeared on platforms at literary festivals around the world as an interviewer. A contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, she has lectured at Liverpool University’s Institute of Popular Music and been a Visiting Fellow of the Open University Sixties Research Group. Liz is the co-founder of Square Roots Productions, a UK-based charity celebrating the folk music heritage which connects the British Isles with North America, and a founding trustee of the Desmond Elliott Prize for first novelists. Find out more about Liz at

JUDY PAUL and MARC GARRETT are a husband and wife team who own the Washington Square Hotel. Judy is a third-generation hotelier and her love of food and entertaining grew out of a childhood spent at her grandfather’s Manhattan Beach Hotel in Brooklyn.

A proud Villager for more than 35 years, Judy has developed a very strong attachment to the community where she now lives and works. She served as an appointed member of Community Board #2 for nearly 15 years, and as an executive member of the Washington Square Association.

Marc joined the Washington Square Hotel team in 2002 after 25 years as sales and marketing executive for the Bertelsmann Music Group. The son of well-known Hollywood photographer and author Murray Garrett, Marc was born and raised in Los Angeles, California and lived just steps off the famed Venice Beach boardwalk. He immediately felt at home when he moved to New York in 1997, settling into yet another bohemian neighborhood, Greenwich Village. He embraced its diversity, the great restaurants, and its unique mix of artists, actors, musicians and businesspeople.


For enquiries, please contact:

Liz Thomson: Executive Producer (London):

Judy Paul: Associate Producer (Business Liaison)

Marc Garrett: Associate Producer (Marketing Co-ordinator)

Sonny Christopher: Associate Producer (Community Liaison)

Liz Law: Executive Director (New York)

Washington Square Hotel logoWashington Square Hotel
103 Waverly Place,
New York, NY 10011
Phone: 212-777-9515

Website: Madeleine Parkyn at Envoy


Washington Square Hotel: Founding Partner
The Cornelia Street Cafe
Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce
Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
The Jefferson Market Library
The New School
The Village Alliance
The Washington Square Association
Washington Square Park Conservancy


Fractured AtlasFractured Atlas will receive grants for the charitable purposes of The Village Trip, provide oversight to ensure grants are used in accordance with grant agreements, and provide reports as required by the grantor. Contributions for the charitable purposes of The Village Trip must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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Janis Ian“I believe a folk festival of this nature could come to rival festivals like Bonnaroo, which I’ve watched since its inception from my current home in Nashville, or the New Orleans Jazz Festival. Perhaps not in size, but certainly in scope. This is a win win, so far as I can see, for the city and the state of New York. The potential for archival material is astounding. The possibilities – a DVD series, a CD series, working in conjunction with institutions that could range from the NY Public Library system to the Smithsonian Folkways series – are unending. And the commercial potential is tremendous.

“Outside of any financial consideration, the musicians and artists who gravitated toward Greenwich Village throughout the 60’s and even into the 70’s formed a group as diverse, eclectic, and talented as the artists who gravitated to Paris in the early 20th century. Their influence on our culture, and that of the world, cannot be overestimated. For New York to support such of them as remain, and honor the memory of those who are gone, is not only a good thing for the city – it is a right, and proper, thing for the city’s history and conscience.”

Janis Ian



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