Salutations everyone! Today I went to something called FDR Pow Wow & Native American Festival. In essence it was a day of education Native American Indian history, and celebration of the Indian culture. First, I have to say that I thought I wasn’t going to make it; because it would be my luck that the train I needed to take downtown was out of service. I started to go back home, but I realized if I took a cab I would be on time before the charter bus departs. Well, turned out that we didn’t get on the charter bus until 30 minutes after scheduled departure. Although we reached the event a half hour late, getting there was well worth the wait. I really enjoyed myself today, and I can tell that everyone else did too. It was as exciting as I imagined it to be. To my understanding, this was the last NY event until next year, so I’m really glad I came. The weather was decent enough for photos (despite the clouds pushed its way in off and on). There was a lot of traditional Native American dance performances; from the very young to middle aged. I think the dancing was the best part of the event, because the colors used in the traditional Indian wardrobe was breathtaking! There was a bird trainer who gave us a lesson as well as a live demonstration of the hawk. Sorry, I don’t remember if there was a specific name for this particular hawk. If I were to take a guess I would probably say red hawk. One thing that struck me was that they took a moment to honor, WWII veterans, Chineese veterans, cops and firefighters of 9/11; that to me says a lot about Indian culture. They had all kinds of traditional Indian food; including deer, buffalo, Blue fish, & salmon. A lot of the plates I saw looked very heavy on the carbs; so I settled on a Indian taco. It was quite delicious and spicy. It was basically chilli and vegetables. There were also lots of hand made jewelry, bags, incense, t-shirts, and more. Much of the proceeds go towards Native American scholarships. I must say, some of the hand made stuff was really expensive, but the ones that were, were made with good quality material. This was a beautiful event, and I do recommend that my readers go to this event next year. Hope this inspires other photographers to do more of their OWN thāng, and not follow the leader. Photography means the creator in you! Not the opinion of someone else who likes to hear themselves talk all the time. Enjoy!
Today I visited one of the most coolest events I’ve been to in a very long time. It was a vintage car show called “I Know You Got Soul” located in Mount Vernon NY. The cars were all awesome, I got wonderful vibes from the people there, and it was just an all around good family event. This was one of those events that I really wish I had someone to drive me. It was really a far walk from the train. I’ve done enough exercise to last me three weeks! I am exhausted y’all. LOL. However, I am not sorry I went, it was totally worth the hassle of getting there. The only other thing I wished was that it did not rain. Knowing I had such a long walk back to the subway, I did not stay as long as I’d liked; the vintage cars still kept coming in! Compliments to all the car owners! Not only can you tell they are collectors of cars, they love their cars too; all the owners have maintained their cars very well. I saw some cars that should be on television (WOW, and I do mean WOW). They even had beautiful motorcycles there. They were playing just about all the old school songs I remembered and danced to as a kid, including Joe Tex. All but the exception of one song was from the 1970’s and older. If you are a classic buff, you really missed out on this event, this was really a nice place to take your whole family. No attitudes, no crazy people acting silly, everyone was respectful and having a good time. I was blown away by a female performer (I should have taken video but it was too late in the song), she sang her rendition of Aretha’s song “Ain’t No Way.” That woman tore up that microphone! I apologize but I don’t remember her name, I think it was Natash C. Coward. They had a lot of food from different vendors, chicken, ribs fried fish, you name it. Because I had such a long walk back, I didn’t want to take the risk of eating anything and becoming fatigued. I am definitely looking forward to attending next years event, hopefully I can get a ride next time. Before I close, I want to inform you of a center for the arts. Its called AC-BAW (Association of Community-Based Artists of Westchester), and I found them walking along fourth ave, in Mount Vernon. I was so surprised because I didn’t expect to see anything like that in the midst of a shopping area. There was a really nice gentlemen that welcomed me in. I must have stayed about a good 10-15 minutes admiring the art. The nice gentlemen welcomed me to an event happening tomorrow; but to be honest, I knew ofter my walk today I would be too exhausted to go to their event tomorrow. However, I am very interested in the kinds of art I saw, it was very interesting. He even talked about an art class happening tomorrow. I was going to ask permission to take a picture or two; however, I think the AC-BAW needs it’s own blog post. One day I will go back there. I could not post all of my pics in this post; there were so many of them I loved. However, here are my best picks. Enjoy!