Zora Festival

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More Images From the ZORA! Roots Event

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Amazing Photo’s From Jami Thomas’ “Zora Neale Hurston: Storyteller”

Produced and directed by Jami Thomas

Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church
412 East Kennedy Boulevard
Eatonville, Florida 32751
Free and open to the public

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ZORA! ™ Festival to Unveil The Journey Projects

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at the Zora Neale Hurston Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston™)
Atlanta based artist Lynn Marshall -Linnemeir will unveil The Journey Projects: Eatonville during the opening reception and gallery talk exhibition curated by Jerushia, Graham at theZora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston™).

What:    The Journey Project: Eatonville is a celebration of residents and ancestors of Eatonville, including Zora Neale Hurston and Deacon Jones.  The project is a combination of photographic images from Eatonville residents, and cyanotypes created by local youth on fabric that are woven together to create the final artwork.  The Journey Projects: Eatonville is a community collaboration and honor the townspeople and its most famous resident, Zora Neale Hurston.
Who:   Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier, fine artist, The Journey Projects: Eatonville

Jerushia, Graham, exhibition curator , The Journey Projects: Eatonville

Marie-José François, MD, MPH, CHES, Board President, Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community (P.E.C.)

N.Y. Nathiri, Executive Director, Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community (P.E.C.)

When:   Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 10:00 A.M.

Where:  Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts (The Hurston™)
227 East Kennedy Boulevard

Eatonville, Florida 32751

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A Buffet of Traditional Local Foods

Maitland, Florida – January 12, 2016 -The twenty seventh annual Zora Neale Hurston Festival ™ of the Arts and Humanities (ZORA! ™ Festival) officially kicks off with Dinner “Inspired by Zora,” a buffet-style feast based on the book Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food by highly regarded author, food anthropologist and Babson College professor, Fred Opie, Ph.D. The event, which lasts from 6-8 PM tonight, January 23, will also include a talk by Dr. Opie on Florida’s historic foodways as presented in Ms. Hurston’s work. “The annual Zora Neale Hurston festival is a sensational event that pays homage to an important contributor to the North American literary Canon as well as the study of the US South and the Caribbean,” says Opie.

Dinner “Inspired by Zora” will be catered by “Eatonville’s Own” Lester Cunningham and will feature traditional local and regional dishes, prepared similarly to those covered in the book and presented in the most communal way. Offerings will include the following:

Station #1:  Fried catfish, Grilled Tilapia, Hush puppies, String beans, Lemongrass Rice
Station #2:  Chicken & Dumplings, Sweet Potato Pone, Mixed Greens
Station #3: Beef Stew (with Onions, Potatoes and Carrots), Sweet Corn Pudding, Black-eyed Peas
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake, Sweet Potato Pie
The event will take place at Holy Trinity Reception & Conference Center 1217— Trinity Woods, Maitland, Florida 32751.Tickets will cost $75, and in addition to the talk and meal, guests will receive Zora Neale Hurston poster and a copy of Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food.
Presented by the Association to Preserve the Eatonville community (P.E.C.), ZORA! TM Festival is a multi-day, multi-disciplinary event that commemorates the life of 20th Century Renaissance woman Zora Neale Hurston; her hometown, Eatonville and the cultural contributions people of African ancestry have made to the United States and the world.  For additional information on ZORA! TM Festival 2016 events visit www.zorafestival.orgg  or call407-647-3307.

For the full schedule of events, visit: http://zorafestival.org/full- schedule/full-schedule-3/

About Fred Opie, Ph.D.

Dr. Frederick Douglas Opie is Professor of History and Foodways at Babson College in Massachusetts and is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on Food Traditions; Food Systems; Elections; Movements; and Migrations. In addition to Zora Neale Hurston on Florida Food, Dr. Opie also authored Hog and Hominy, Upsetting the Apple Cart and Black Labor Migration in Caribbean Guatemala 1882-1923.


About the Association to Preservation the Eatonville Community, (P.EC.)

The Association to Preservation the Eatonville Community, is the nonprofit historic preservation group that organizes ZORA! Festival and whose mission 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.



Media Credentials

Approved media will have access to interview areas, and red carpet arrivals, for which press has RSVP’d in advance and received written confirmation fromTina Spencer.  This includes media opportunities for the speakers and artist who are in town, as well as other ZORA! TM Festival events.  All media must email tinaospencer@gmail.com to request access to cover these opportunities.   We will do our best to honor all requests.    For more information regarding the Zora! Festival visit www.zorafestival.org



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