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ZORA! Festival To Host Small Town Preservation Conference in 2015

Historic-Conference-PEC.jpgThe 26th annual Zora Neale HurstonTM Festival of Arts and Humanities (ZORA! Festival) presents a first-ever, 2-day historic preservation conference, Thursday and Friday, January 29 -30. The Historic Black Towns and Settlements Historic Preservation Conference will showcase the collaborative efforts at economic development by the Historic Black Towns and Settlements Alliance, Inc. (HBTSA), a partnership of 5 African-American communities, located in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi; and provide a forum where community preservationists from across the country and beyond will have the opportunity to hear from experts and to discuss among themselves practical ways of enhancing their effectiveness within their respective communities.

The conference schedule includes the Historic Black Town Preservation Tour by Everett L. Fly, Landscape Architect, FASLA and NCARB Certified Architect. Richmond McCoy,  President and CEO of Urban America LLC will discuss the Community Economic Development opportunities associated with Tax Credits.  The Florida African American Heritage Preservation Network will also present several sessions during the conference. Conference attendees can look forward to special networking activities designed to celebrate small town culture while also facilitating idea exchange. Attendees will also receive a complimentary ticket to attend “Mississippi Delta Blues” a multi-media presentation by Dr. William Ferris, the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History & Senior Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the American South at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Conference registration which includes access to all sessions and networking will be $100 until January 7, 2015. After that date, registration will be $125.


 

ZORA! Festival is presented annually by The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.), a 501(c)3, historic preservation and cultural arts organization, first organized in 1987.  The Festival celebrates the life and work of 20th century writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; her hometown, Eatonville, the nation’s oldest incorporated African American municipality; and the cultural contributions people of African ancestry have made to the United States and the world. The mission of the  Association to Preserve Eatonville Community (P.E.C.) is to enhance the resources of Eatonville, to educate the public about the town’s historic and cultural significance, and to use the community’s heritage and cultural vibrancy for its economic development.

 

ZORA! Festival is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Council.  Major underwriting is also provided by Community Partners, including World Conference of Mayors; the University of Central Florida (UCF) Office of the President, Office of the Provost and the College of the Arts & Humanities; InGlur Inc.; TeKontrol Inc., Visit Orlando; Bright House Networks, VITAS; and Local

6. The Festival schedule and conference registation are available at www.zorafestival.org.

 

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In 2015, ZORA! Festival Celebrates Rhythms of the Diaspora in 2015

zora-banner.jpgThe 26th annual Zora Neale HurstonTM Festival of Arts and Humanities (ZORA! Festival) promises an exciting nine-day celebration based on the theme “Rhythms of the Diaspora”, from January 24 to February 1 in Eatonville and other venues in the surrounding Orange County in Florida.

Festival patrons will enjoy the diverse mix of music, including Gospel, Caribbean music and Latin American rhythms throughout the entire Festival.  Fans can travel back in time to dance to Swing Jazz and Bebop at Club ZORA!, the Festival’s costumed event set in a Night Club during the World War era.  Aficionados of Straight-Ahead Jazz will relish the tribute to Eatonville’s Jazz Legend Bernie Lee, and those who love Smooth Jazz will not want to miss the live performance by international Saxophonist and Flautist Najee.

Mississippi Delta Blues will hold the stage at The Dr Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando.  The spotlight will be shone on Memphis Soul during the video presentation of the 1972 Wattstax Music Festival at the Enzian Theater and Hip Hop will be given its due during “Roots to Rap: A Musical Revue”.  The popular band Maze featuring Frankie Beverly will return to Eatonville to perform their style of R&B, soul and funk in the final weekend of the Festival.


 

ZORA! Festival is presented annually by The Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community, Inc. (P.E.C.), a 501(c)3, historic preservation and cultural arts organization, first organized in 1987.  The Festival celebrates the life and work of 20th century writer, folklorist and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston; her hometown, Eatonville, the nation’s oldest incorporated African American municipality; and the cultural contributions people of African ancestry have made to the United States and the world. The mission of the  Association to Preserve Eatonville Community (P.E.C.) is to enhance the resources of Eatonville, to educate the public about the town’s historic and cultural significance, and to use the community’s heritage and cultural vibrancy for its economic development.

 

ZORA! Festival is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Council.  Major underwriting is also provided by Community Partners, including World Conference of Mayors; the University of Central Florida (UCF) Office of the President, Office of the Provost and the College of the Arts & Humanities; InGlur Inc.; TeKontrol Inc., Visit Orlando; Bright House Networks, VITAS; and Local

6. The Festival schedule and tickets are available at www.zorafestival.org.

 

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Have you made your hotel accomodations for ZORA! Festival 2015?

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Rooms for  the ZORA! Festival 2015 (January 30- February 1) are booking at a rapid pace! To reserve your room at the DoubleTree by Hilton Downtown Orlando Visit the following link: https://aws.passkey.com/event/13171455/owner/3897435/home  or call 407-425-4455 or  1-866-247-3571

or the Crowne Plaza

http://www.crowneplaza.com/redirect?path=hd&brandCode=cp&localeCode=en&regionCode=1&hotelCode=mcooa&_PMID=99801505&GPC=ZOF

 

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Yards & Gardens Club of Historic Eatonville Plants Seeds for Community Co-op

Yards & Gardens Club of Historic Eatonville Plants Seeds for Community Co-op

Given the strong gardening legacy which has existed in Eatonville, it is difficult for older residents to believe that today their community  is categorized as a “food desert.”  That label will change if members of  the Yards & Gardens Club have their way and can gain the support they need.   Since 2011, this group of organic gardeners (ranging in age from mid-20’s to late 90’s) has been meeting every 2nd Monday at 10:00 AM in the home of one of the members to discuss and plan how they can improve the health of their Eatonville neighbors.  Their long-term plan is to develop a farmers’ market community co-op.  Their short-term plan is to prepare for a seasonal pilot market within the next two years so they can “test the waters.”  Because of the working experience they collectively possess, they are poised to make their dream a reality.  Be sure to look for them at ZORA! Festival — Outdoor Festival of the Arts, Healthy Lifestyles Pavilion where you can  buy some of their organically-grown produce, homemade baked goods and crafts.  Click here to find out more about Eatonville’s Garden Legacy.