Brooklanders that lived in the neighborhood more before 2007 share fond memories of “Brookland Day”. The event was a home-grown neighborhood celebration that featured a parade of local school kids and organizations and provided a venue to promote local businesses. For years, a handful of neighbors and I hoped to revive this great tradition. Little by little the pieces fell in to place, and we are happy to announce a new neighborhood organization, the Brookland Cultural and Heritage Alliance (BCHA). The BCHA is a non-profit organization established in 2013 to facilitate a new annual Brookland community festival, and is dedicated to celebrating community, diversity and service. While we hope the BCHA can be a conduit for many exciting events, our primary focus right now is putting on our first annual community festival on April 19th 2014.
The festival’s concept is a “Brookland Cultural & Heritage Day”. We want an emphasis on the history of Brookland and to celebrate local crafts, cultural organizations, and businesses. A driving theme is keeping the “homegrown” feel of previous Brookland Days and focus on highlighting 12th Street businesses. We have a lot of ideas, but are trying to be realistic. We want the organization and festival to get a foothold and then mature over time, so the first festival will be small in scale, but big on heart. For now, we are planning on the following:
- Kids Zone (games, activities, etc.)
- Live entertainment (music/cultural acts/dance, etc.)
- Vendors (food, arts/crafts, organizations and businesses)
- Hometown parade
- Brookland history and Cultural events
Pulling this off will require a community effort and we know that the single most important factor in the festival’s success is the support of volunteers. There are lots of ways to get involved – from planning, fundraising, and manpower on the day of the festival. The first volunteer meeting will be Monday, January 20th (location to be determined). We welcome all ideas and are forming committees right now, so this is a great time to get involved! Stay tuned for updates here and for more info on the BCHA and the Festival, check out our website and Facebook page.