Friday, June 08, 2007

Live, onstage at The Apollo

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Henry third graders had an opportunity to perform onstate at The Apollo Theater, in Harlem, yesterday. The annual third grade trip to New York City took us to Sylvia's Soul Food restaraunt, in Harlem, for a fantastic lunch. Stop two was The Apollo.

After a less-than interesting - even to the star-struck adults - narrative of the current renovations to the venerable venue, the tour guide gave the kids a chance to step up in their own Amature Night at the Apollo. Several did and with great courage, brought the 1,500-seat auditorium to life (OK, it was just us and another school in the house, but the seats were all there).

Other than seeing the kids on that stage (and hoping they someday know how cool that is), we all got to touch the Tree of Hope, a remnant of a tree owned by Bill "Mr. Bojangles", Robinson. Performers at the Apollo rub the Tree, seeking luck, and hoping they perform well.

NOTE: piece of tree stump on the podium to the left of our star, onstage - that's it.

1 comment:

Harlem Eye said...

My name is John Reddick, I grew up on Sharpnack Street in Mt Airy and was a graduate of C. W. Henry School. I currently live in NeYork City... in the neighborhood of Harlem which I've come to love as much as Mt Airy and Henry School.

I am not alone among New Yorkers that share this feeling. As circumstances would have it, I was seated near 60 Minute's Ed Bradley at a New Years gathering a couple years ago. I mentioned to him that I'd had him as a teacher at Henry School, where upon he talked about his fond memories of teaching there. He remembered being recruited by the principal, Bea Chernock, student teaching with Dorothy Buetin, as well as recalling individual students and how much he was paid!

I'm also glad to see the school brings students to visit New York and Harlem in particular. Hopefully, when planning your next trip you will be in touch. I head the education and programming department of the Central Park Conservancy; and would be delighted to organize a class tour or visit to Central Park for my Alma Mater! Also, as part of my Harlem community activities I'm involved with developing the website HarlemOneStop which provides information on all the cultural activities in Harlem and upper Manhattan.

Best regards from Harlem to Henry.

Class of '63