1:00 pm-6:00 pm
Charles Drew Community Center
Cost: Free Admission
Arlington County will celebrate its rich African-American heritage at the 2017 Feel the Heritage Festival, Saturday, February 25 from 1-6 p.m. at Drew Community Center (3500 23rd Street South). This FREE event is now in its 25th year and will feature live music and dance, a “Hall of History” with photos and artifacts from Arlington’s historically African-American churches and organizations, free children’s activities, delicious food and a great selection of vendors.
AARP Caregivers Breakfast
As a prelude to the Feel the Heritage Festival, AARP Virginia, in partnership with the Arlington View and Nauck communities, will host a breakfast on Saturday, February 25, 8:30-10 a.m. at Drew Community Center to recognize the many Arlingtonians who serve as caregivers to older parents or loved ones. The breakfast is open to all local caregivers, however an RSVP is required. To confirm your attendance, please call 1-877-926-8300 or register online.
Get a glimpse into Arlington’s African American history at the Feel the Heritage Festival film screening room, located in the Drew Community Center multipurpose room. Screenings will take place at 1:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. and will include:
- “Remembering John Robinson”*
- Green Valley Remembered – Nauck Historic Preservation Project*
- An Interview with John Robinson, 2006 (TRT 7:14)
John Robinson is interviewed by Gunston Middle School TV production students in 2006 about his work in the community. Produced by students at Gunston Middle School.
- A Celebration of Historic African American Churches in Arlington (TRT 59:30)*
A panel discussion hosted by Marymount University and organized by the Arlington Historical Society on February 9, 2017. With Carolyn Burrell as moderator, church member historians talk about the challenges and triumphs throughout the 150 year history of Calloway United Methodist Church, Lomax A.M.E. Zion Church, and Mount Zion Baptist Church. Produced through the facilities of Arlington Independent Media.
- The History of Nauck: An Interview with Dr. Alfred O. Taylor, Jr. (TRT 12:30)
Dr. Alfred O. Taylor, Jr, (author of “Bridge Builders of Nauck/Green Valley: Past and Present”) talks about some of the changes that have come to the Nauck community, its churches, schools, and recreation activities. Produced through the facilities of Arlington Independent Media.
*Produced through AIM
- 1 p.m.: “Lift Every Voice & Sing” led by Licia White and Deborah Garner
- 1:15 p.m.: Skit from Gospel Stage Play “I’ve Been Changed” a Margie Sumiel Production
In celebration of Black History Month, The Bee Hive Club Inc., a non-profit organization, will present a Gospel Stage Play “I’ve Been Changed,” an inspirational gospel play that has taken the east coast of Virginia on a spiritual journey.The production will be held on Saturday, February 25, 4 p.m. at Kenmore Middle School.Tickets are $30 per person. To reserve tickets, funds can be sent via PayPal to The BeeHive Club Inc. Contact Tony Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
- 1:40 p.m.: Licia White & Deborah Garner
- 2:30 p.m.: Ebony Day Dance Company – Celebrating the Great Hymns of the African American Culture
- 3 p.m.: N2N Band – Rhythm & Blues Cover Band
- 4:15 p.m.: KanKouran West African Dance Company
- 5 p.m.: Young Divas Dance Team
- 5:30 p.m.: Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Demonstration with Roda Movements
*Please note that the entertainment schedule is tentative and subject to change.
Participating Artisan Vendors*:
- Adelani Treasures: Educational workbook series, The Black Legacy Learning Series; African art, crafts and accessories
- Ashley Lynn: Handmade sports team car seat headrest covers, toddler clothes, kid’s fleece blankets
- BFabric Art: Handcrafted bags, wallets, ladies’ scarves, and tops, bookmarks
- Black Vintage: Vintage and contemporary clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories
- Crazy Kids: The FUN stop for kids, moms and dads. They get to have fun choosing their favorite airbrush temporary tattoo while they shop handmade bracelets, scarves, hats, rings, purse, toys, and more fun stuff
- Doors to Africa: African clothing, crafts and jewelry
- GSP Publishing: Mystery/romance series (The Fate Series), a book of short stories, Holiday Connections, and the works of children’s author Allyn M. Stotz from Dallas, Texas
- Kin Crafts: Handmade scented soy candles, hand/arm knit scarves for kids and adults
- GlobalBatik: African apparel and crafts including African print shirts, hand bags, caps, batik t-shirts, and ebony wood key chains
- Jules’ Jewels: Unique handcrafted jewelry, made up of natural and man-made beads, crystals, metal components, pearls, vintage elements, and lots of charms
- Kendall’s Kitchen: Hand crafted spices and olive oils. Also offer private cooking lessons and meal prep as well as cooking classes for children.
- ModiSH Boutique: Women’s and men’s fashion accessories – costume jewelry, sterling silver, stainless steel and small handbags and scarves
- NakissoShoppe: African material/fabric, jewelry, bags, sandals, stone sculptures
- Origami Owl: Jewelry – lockets, charms, dangles, bracelets, watches, earrings
- Perfect You Boutique: Plus-size women’s clothing and accessories – dresses, blouses, coats/jackets, sweaters, evening bags and clutches
- Real Time Pain Relief: Topical analgesic cream that is FDA-registered for use for arthritis, simple backache, muscle strains, sprains, bruises and cramps
- REMEDIES From NATURE: Aromatherapy/ herbal care products, soaps, bath and body care products, whipped Shea butters, Shea butter lotion
- Rozzie Jewelry: Handcrafted jewelry for women and men made with semiprecious gemstones, freshwater pearls, crystals and sterling silver. One-of-a-kind bracelets, necklaces and earrings.
- She Peppers LLC: A small woman-owned business that grows a wide variety of peppers and herbs and transforms them into artisan hot sauces, seasoning blends, spices, and infused products
- Shea Marne Accessories
- Watkins Home Products: Spices, flavors, liniments, ointments, hats, scarves, gloves
- Webb Enterprises: Exclusive vacation club and Obama memorabilia
- WHOOP DEE DOO PROMO: Promotional products company which creates handcrafted and customized items, including dolls, candy jar dolls, doll clothes and handcrafted ponchos and shawls
- Wreaths by Sandy: Door wreaths, centerpieces, keyrings, woodcarvings, thinking of you gifts
*List of participating vendors is subject to change and will be updated as vendors are confirmed.
- A.R. Seafood: Fish sandwich, fish platter with two sides, chicken, chicken platter with two sides, crab cake sandwich, crab cake platter with two sides, turkey wing platter with two sides, green beans, pasta salad
- Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling Company: Chopped pork sandwich, chopped chicken sandwich, beef brisket sandwich, Rocklands pearl (mac & cheese, baked beans, and pork layered in a bowl), macaroni & cheese, baked beans, coleslaw, potato salad, cornbread
- Nauck Youth Enterprises, LLC: Sno-kone, cotton candy, popcorn, soft drinks, smoothies
Bake Sale Sponsored by the Nauck Civic Association
- Menu: Banana pudding, assorted cakes, cookies, brownies, cupcakes
Participating Community Exhibitors*:
- AARP: Non-profit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of nearly 38 million that helps people turn their goals and dreams into ‘Real Possibilities’ by changing the way America defines aging.
- Arlington Community Federal Credit Union: Credit Union services.
- Arlington County Democratic Committee
- Arlington County Public Health: Distribution of Community Health Surveys as part of the County’s community health improvement process, Destination2027. We seek community feedback to better partner with and empower Arlington residents to improve community health.
- Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC): Display with food storage tips to prevent food waste. Will also pass out recipes on what to do with food as it starts to go bad.
- Arlington Foster Care/Adoption Program: Arlington Department of Human Services, Child and Family Services, Foster Care/Adoption Program
- Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE): Information about how to make smart decisions about energy and how AIRE supports individual actions that improve and sustain Arlington’s quality of life.
- Arlington Partnership for Children, Youth & Families: Information on how their organization works to improve the health, well-being, and safety of children, youth, and families through researching young people’s needs, advocating for improved policies and programs to meet those needs, and engaging all members of our community.
- Arlington Regional Master Naturalists: Table display and flyer with information about local natural resources, how to protect and help to conserve our natural local gems in Arlington. Brochure about native plants in Northern Virginia region (suggested donation of $5).
- Art Institute of Washington: The Art Institute of Washington is about helping connect you to a creative career where you do what you love. And a big part of that is connecting you with new people and places, and gathering new experiences outside the classroom.
- BikeArlington: County program to promote active transportation, including walking, biking and bike sharing.
- Bonder and Amanda Johnson Community Development Corporation: BAJCDC’s mission to enhance the economic and social development of our community by providing opportunities to address community needs through education, information & referral services, healthy living, financial empowerment, community involvement.
- Body & Brain Yoga: Yoga, tai chi class, books, self massage apparatus, aura reading
- Car-Free Diet: Education for County residents and visitors on to use Public Transit, leave their personal car at home to save money, time and reduce carbon footprint and pollution.
- Martin Williams Insurance Agent: Licensed independent agent that represents the Funeral Advantage program offered by Lincoln Heritage Life Insurance company
- MentorPrize: Recruitment of quality mentors for non-profits in the Greater Washington area.
- Nauck Civic Association: Information about how NCA represents Nauck community residents to local government, typically about issues related to health, welfare, and safety. Membership sign-ups.
- Nauck Town Square/4MRV: Community information on the Nauck Town Square and the 4MRV Planning Initiative.
Participating Hall of History Exhibitors:
- Black Civil War in Arlington
- Center for Local History at the Arlington Public Library: Launch of Project DAPS, a unique online exhibition and searchable database – built from thousands of photos, documents and recordings – surrounding the legal and moral battles that culminated with four courageous African American students taking their seats on Feb. 2, 1959 at Arlington’s Stratford Junior High School.
- Drew School
- John M. Langston Citizens Association: History display of Hall’s Hill/High View Park humble beginnings from Freedman’s Village to present day.
- Mount Zion Baptist Church: Historical pictures, shadow boxes
- The Black Heritage Museum of Arlington
- Nauck Heritage Project + John Robinson Exhibit
- Bridge Builders of Nauck
- Arlington County Historic Preservation Program: The Historic Preservation Program under the Neighborhood Services Division of the Community Planning Housing and Development Department of Arlington County Government helps identify, document, preserve and protect Arlington’s historic resources. Free distribution of Historic Preservation Program Publication to selected members of the public and until supplies last. A free download is available at https://projects.arlingtonva.us/plans-studies/historic-preservation/.
- Lomax AME Zion Church
FREE Kids’ Activities:
- Face Painting
- Balloon Art
- Make and Take Crafts – Vejigante Masks
- Giant Games: Jenga, Checkers, Chess
- Passport through the Hall of History and vendor area to receive a FREE prize!