This event feature music, dancing, and storytelling for all ages. Guests will learn about local lore of Detroit legends from the Legends of le Détroit, published in Detroit in 1883, is a collection of folklore, genealogy, and family narratives related to the founding and early history of the city. Compiled by Marie Caroline Watson Hamlin, a little-known local folklorist, it consists of over 30 folk stories rooted in Detroit’s early history, as well as Native American and French folklore.
Renown Michigan storyteller Genot Picor will be the featured storyteller and emcee the event. His interactive program centers on the traditional stories, songs and dances of the Great Lakes Region, whereby the audience becomes part of the journey. Talented storytellers from metro Detroit and Grosse Pointe Theatre will be sharing tales such as the Nun of St. Clair, Le Lutin, The Legend of the Windmill Pointe and several more.
Trois Bouffons will perform in the outdoor garden pavilion. They are traditional musical ensemble based in southeast Michigan specializing in traditional French Canadian, Great Lakes Maritime, Appalachian, and other historic musical selections. The ensemble is comprised of Trae McMaken (violin), Mark Szabo (upright bass) and Genot Picor (guitar).
This event is free of charge and open to the public. The event will be held outdoors, rain or shine, under the large pavilion in the garden. Storytelling in the garden offers health benefits in addition to its historical aspect.
Detroit Abloom is a demonstration land-use model project, based on cut flower farming and the creation of sanctuary gardens to re-purpose vacant blighted land. It is a nonprofit that offers three levels of activities: horticultural, wellness, and community, learn more about them at www.detroitabloom.com Street parking is available.