Concert in Washington Square Park
Bringing It All Back Home to Washington Square: live concert under the Arch in celebration of the folk music heritage of Greenwich Village
Evening of live music and discussion with jazz greats in Greenwich Village
The 1960s folk revival – an evening of live music and discussion
Literature in Greenwich Village
The Iceman Cometh – a celebration of Eugene O'Neill and the birth of Off Broadway
Poets and Poetry in Greenwich Village
A literary ramble at the historic Jefferson Market Library
Concert at the New School
Music by Ruth Crawford Seeger, pioneering composer, modernist and folklorist. The first of many programs in partnership with the New School
Children’s Folk Music Workshops at LREI
Led by folk music celebrity Eli Smith, a graduate of LREI, known as Little Red Schoolhouse
Village Trips – themed walking tour apps designed especially for historic
Greenwich Village. Suitable for all ages
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”.
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.
In 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.
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.
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 www.lizthomson.co.uk
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: email@example.com
Liz Thomson: Executive Producer (London): LizThomson@thevillagetrip.com
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) LizLaw@thevillagetrip.com
Washington Square Hotel
103 Waverly Place,
New York, NY 10011
Website: Madeleine Parkyn at Envoy
Washington Square Hotel: Founding Partner
The New School
Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation
The Village Alliance
The Washington Square Association
The Cornelia Street Cafe
The Jefferson Market Library
Greenwich Village Chelsea Chamber of Commerce
Fractured 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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“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.”
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