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BACK IN THE DAY AT POE PARK, Free Bronx Storytelling and Music Festival, Set for 6/21

BACK IN THE DAY AT POE PARK, Free Bronx Storytelling and Music Festival, Set for 6/21

The Five Boro Story Project brings together notable Bronx historians, writers, singers, rappers, and dancers to present Bronx anthems and true stories, at "Back in the Day at Poe Park: A Bronx Storytelling and Music Festival." This free event at Poe Park -- located at 192nd Street and the Grand Concourse -- will occur on the summer solstice as part of Make Music New York, an annual public music extravaganza.

"Back in the Day" is an outdoor summer festival that will take you on a journey through the Bronx from Edgar Allen Poe's day to our day. Neighborhood stories will be interspersed with musical performances, including a musical rendition of Poe's poem "Annabel Lee" and songs about the Bronx. The program will conclude with an open forum inviting people in the audience to come to the mic and share stories, memories, music, and reflections on the Bronx. For all ages. In case of rain, the event will take place in the Poe Park Visitor Center.

In attendance will be Lucy Aponte, Director of the Poe Park Visitor Center; Matthew Mercier, writer, acclaimed storyteller and one time Poe Cottage caretaker; Charles Rice-Gonzalez, writer and co-founder of BAAD! The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance; and Lloyd Ultan, founding editor of The Bronx County Historical Society Journal.

It all takes place on Saturday, June 21, 2014 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The Poe Park Visitor Center is located at 2460 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY. Poe Park is blocks from the "B" or "D" Kingsbridge Road subway station.

The Five BoroStory Project, founded by Bridget Bartolini, is an initiative that produces community events to showcase stories and art inspired by the neighborhoods of New York City. Free, hyper-localized public programs create opportunities for New Yorkers to connect to our neighborhoods and our neighbors through stories, song, poetry, dance, film, and discussion about the places where we live. For more information, go to

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