Brooklyn Folk Festival
Preview Concert and Barn Dance
To Benefit St. Ann’s
Saturday, March 11, 7:30 pm
The Brooklyn Folk Festival will kick off its ninth year with a preview Concert and Barn Dance at St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church on Saturday, March 11, 7:30 pm. The event is a fundraiser to benefit St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church by helping to cover some of the costs of ongoing repairs in the historic sanctuary.
The evening will feature musical performances by folk singer Eli Smith, and renowned Balkan music duo Eva Salina & Peter Stan. Square dancing with caller Dave Harvey and NYC Barn Dance will follow.
The Brooklyn Folk Festival will take place in the church Friday through Sunday, April 28-30, 2017.
“The Brooklyn Folk Festival wishes to express our gratitude for the continued hospitality of St. Ann’s Church and its people. All the proceeds of this event will go to the church to help them preserve the folk festival’s home for the past three years. We are thankful and delighted that they have been able to complete work in the sanctuary in time for us to continue our tradition there uninterrupted,” said Smith, a Festival organizer with Lynette and Geoff Wiley.
St. Ann’s rector, the Rev. John Denaro, said, “The Brooklyn Folk Festival brings joy to so many people, including us at St. Ann’s. We thank the Festival for its generous offer of the Concert and Barn Dance to help restore our building. This model of partnership helps to support the growing use of our unique space for music, arts and community forums.”
April marks the 170th anniversary of the landmark church building. First opened in 1847 in the heart of the growing City of Brooklyn, the structure is an architectural treasure that was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989.
Music, art and civic discourse are at the center of the parish’s community outreach through the The Forum @ St. Ann’s, which was launched in 2013 and has presented numerous timely exhibitions and performances to great acclaim.
St. Ann’s has commenced a long-needed maintenance and repair program for the sanctuary and church tower. The fundraising goal in 2017 is $350,000 to cover outstanding and continuing costs, which will be followed by a long-term capital program and renewed fundraising beginning next year.
Festival Preview Concert Pricing
$20 – basic admission to the benefit Concert and Barn Dance
$50 – admission to the show + ticket to Sunday of the Brooklyn Folk Festival
$100 – admission to the show + tickets to Saturday and Sunday of the Brooklyn Folk Festival
Tickets to the benefit Concert and Barn Dance can be purchased by calling the Jalopy Theatre at (718) 395-3214, visiting the website or at the door on the day of the event.