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Monday, April 12, 2021
at 1:00pm -
Thoroughgood House1636 Parish Rd. Virginia Beach, VA 23455
The Virginia Beach Public Library book club read for April is The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: a novel by Lisa See. The story of a Chinese mother and her daughter, who has been adopted by an American couple, the narrative traces the very different cultural factors that compel them to consume a rare native tea that has shaped their family's destiny for generations.
Prior to the book discussion, Virginia Beach History Museums Director, Annmarie Reiley-Kay will give both history information and practical information on how tea is made. She has hosted several teas at the Historic Latta Plantation and is a tea connoisseur.
The book club will meet in the outdoor gardens of the Thoroughgood House. Face masks are required. In the event of inclement weather, the event will take place virtually on WebEx and the link will be emailed to registrants.
The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane: a novel is available in ebook and audio on Overdrive and in Large Print, audio and paperback for pick up at Central Library for registered participants. Adults, 18+. Registration required and limited to 7 due to social distancing.
Saturday, April 17, 2021
at 6:00pm -
Union Kempsville Museum
Live-Streamed Virtual Event. Will stream from Teens With a Purpose YouTube and Facebook.
After months of practice and creative growth, Hampton Roads teens will put their talents on display during the finale of ImmortALL: A Performance Poetry Project, which will stream live from the Schola at Renaissance Academy April 17 at 6:00 p.m. on the Teens With a Purpose (TWP) YouTube and Facebook accounts!
This program is the result of a partnership between the Virginia Beach History Museums (VBHM), Princess Anne Country Training School/Union Kempsville High School Alumni and Friends Association (PACTS/UKHS) and TWP, inviting Hampton Roads teens to learn about local African American history while learning the lively art of performance poetry!
During the April 17 program, TWP will also announce the 2021 Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate. TWP accepted submissions from young poets, rappers, leaders, and activists ages 14-19 from across Hampton Roads who were interested in representing the region as the Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate. The Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate is part of the National Youth Poet Laureate Network.
In ImmortALL, performance poetry and modern social change meet oral history and the civil rights movement in this unique program. Virginia Beach teens from age 13-19 connected with alumni from PACTS/UKHS, as well as professional poets from TWP. In monthly sessions from October 2020 through April 2021, teens engaged with PACTS/UKHS alumni from the classes of 1943-1969 , learned more about the Virginia Beach History Museums’ Princess Anne County Training School/Union Kempsville High School Museum and attended TWP performance poetry workshops. During the final performance, teens will display their re-interpretations of local oral history through the lens of their own experiences with current events.
“Teens With a Purpose celebrates the African tradition of storytelling through performance poetry during ImmortALL poetry workshops for teens and The Hampton Roads Youth Poet Laureate Program,” said Deirdre Love, Executive Director of Teens With a Purpose. “The ImmortALL journey allowed young people to hear the stories, told by the living legends, those who attended the first high school in Virginia Beach for African Americans. Young people listened then translated their stories into response poems - making them immortal.”
Poetry workshops for ImmortALL aimed to help students explore the stories shared by PACTS/UKHS alumni, as well as their own experiences. Teens worked towards a goal of immortalizing the ideals and history of the community that built PACTS/UKHS while sounding the call for further understanding, equity, and social change. Videos from the monthly workshops are available for viewing on the Teens With a Purpose YouTube channel.
TWP workshops are supported in part by funding from the Virginia Beach Arts & Humanities Commission.
Francis Land House
Union Kempsville Museum
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