Friday, October 25, 2013

Halloween Fun on Franklin This Weekend: Haunted Haunt at LaunchPad, Halloween Parade on Sunday

Halloween is almost here, and Crown Heights is celebrating:

- The Crow Hill Community Association hosts its fourth annual Franklin Ave Halloween Parade this Sunday at 3pm, starting at the Walt L. Shamel Community Garden on Dean between Franklin and Bedford. Complete info is copied below, and you can see photos from last year's parade here.

It doesn't really make sense to "say goodbye" to the Crow Hill Community Association as ILFA wraps up, because they've been around much, much longer than I have (closing on 30 years), and because I intend to stay involved as a member after the blog goes dark. But it is worth pausing to note the huge influence that the CHCA has had on me, on the blog, and on the community in general over the past five years. The organization is in transition right now as they rewrite their by-laws (which, for those who've been avoiding meetings, is all the more reason to show up and make your voice heard), but in ILFA's time alone they've sponsored an amazing oral history project (which is archived at LaunchPad and the Brooklyn Public Library), built a community garden and added planters up and down Franklin, and organized food drives and collections for those hit by Hurricane Sandy in the Rockaways, victims of gun violence, and apartment fires. Their monthly meetings are where I met some of the most committed, caring people in Crown Heights, (some CHCA board members, some in the loyal opposition), and they're where I've gone to hear from politicians, police, non-profits, and concerned citizens

Thinking about the organization's role in the neighborhood was something I tried to do in a pair of blog posts for the Huffington Post. It's challenging for any organization to keep up with the pace of change around here, and the CHCA doesn't get everything right, but their presence, and the forum they provide, is essential. I was proud to participate in last spring's Town Hall Meetings, and I'm looking forward to staying involved. It's fitting, perhaps, that the last ILFA post about the CHCA would be the Halloween parade, because the organization has always done its best to do right by the local kids. 

The folks at the Walt L. Shamel Garden deserve a shout, too. They run an absolutely great garden and host a farmer's market, too (still going! Saturday between 8am-2pm). One of my very first posts was an announcement about their garden Halloween party. 

Join us this Sunday for the 4th Annual Franklin Ave. Halloween Parade!
Who: Kids of all ages! March in your costume!
When: Sunday, October 27, 3PM
Where: Walt Shamel Dean North Community Garden, 1096 Dean St.
Bring: Costumes, noise-makers, instruments
Questions? 917-838-2421 or

- For the adults, LaunchPad (another great org that deserves their own tribute - see tomorrow's post for that) will be hosting a Haunted Haunt on Saturday night. Swing by to get spooked!

Saturday, October 26th @ 8pm
LaunchPad's Haunted Haunt

A night of chaotic combinations of horrific artistic mayhem. Featuring:

Fun and spooky art installations
Misfits covers by the Nice Fellas (aka NiceFits)
Prizes for the best costumes

Bring your friends and celebrate Halloween LaunchPad-style at The Haunted Haunt! We will be turning the space into a giant installation with pieces by local artists, complete with a Misfits cover band and home-brewed beer by Honest Pete.

A suggested donation of $10 will get you beer and admission to check out the art. Costumes are not required BUT HIGHLY RECOMMENDED since there will be prizes for the best ones.

//Participating artists\\ Nice Fellas /\ Julianna Schley /\ Vanessa Thill /\ Emma Schaer /\ Fernando Martinez /\ Paul Pino / Collin Colsher /\ Ben Seretan /\ Ben Balcom /\ Jim Haynes /\ Blair Neal /\ Ike Ufomadu /\ Chris Duffy /\ Jazmine Harold /\ Alexandra Lombard /\ Alec Betterley /\ Jessica Lin /\ Dan Lucal /\ Michael Betancourt /\ Stephen Broomer /\ Charles Chadwick /\ AND MORE /\
721 Franklin Ave
2/3/4/5/C to Franklin Ave
8p; $10 suggested

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