On August 20th, please join us at The Patch Works for the first evening of a unique and collaborative two-part event: Todd Mack and Music in Common are bringing together two organizations — The Patch Works and WERD Radio — to discuss not just their respective histories, but also the music and other elements that bind and unite our seemingly disparate communities.
WERD Radio is the first, African-American-owned radio station in the country, where Dr. Martin Luther King himself would broadcast sermons and civil rights’ commentary. After years of obscurity, WERD has been resurrected by Ricci de Forest, who will be our guest on August 20th and then our gracious host on August 22nd.
Also participating on August 20th will be our amazing friends Slim Chance (aka James Kelly) and Dr. Erich Nunn. Slim will perform examples of Hillbilly music, while Dr. Nunn will discuss the origins of such music in Cabbagetown and how it evolved from sounds being produced by African-American performers at that time.
If y’all are reading this, then y’all are already aware that our website is running just fine…once again…finally.
Nonetheless, we wanted to apologize for any inconvenience over the past few days — while our site was inaccessible. On the positive side, the site was down while we were transitioning to a secure website (to protect our visitors), so y’all’s “user experience” should be even better now! Thanks for checking out The Patch Works!
On January 31st, The Patch Works will be conducting a walking tour of Cabbagetown for homeschool kids ranging between the ages of 7 and 13. Oakland Cemetery’s Education Manager, Marcy Breffle, is organizing the event, which will offer Cabbagetown-themed, interactive projects that help the students learn local art and history.
For more information, email Marcy Breffle, or visit the Young Historians Homeschool Program website.
The Cabbagetown Neighborhood Improvement Association (CNIA) needs your help to keep Cabbagetown running! Find out about a variety of volunteer opportunities and talk to existing board members about life as a CNIA leader, as a CI board member, or as a Patch Works volunteer.
This event will function similar to a “speed-dating” social style meetup. Potential volunteers will get time to chat with current volunteers and board members in a casual environment.
Mhmm, yep, you read that event title correctly. On January 27th, from 12:30 to 2:30pm, Guac Y Margys is serving up ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST TACOS + ALL YOU CAN DRINK MIMOSAS AND BLOODY MARIAS for just $30.
On January 19th, it was another great “Unplugged” music event at The Patch Works!
“Slow Parade is Atlanta based psych-folk collective headed up by tune smith Matthew Pendrick. After nearly a decade spent soaking up the city’s rich blues and roots music scene, Slow Parade was formed out of the need for a new extension…”
BAND MEMBERS: Matthew Pendrick – Guitar Vocals Andrea DeMarcus – Bass Vocals Paul Stevens – Drums Keys Vocals
As for Chickens and Pigs, The Patch Works had the pleasure of hearing Jeff Evans play a short, impromptu set a couple months ago, and begged him to come back again!!! This guy’s legendary…
Chicken and Pigs for this gig was Jeff Evans, nobly accompanied by Mark Johnson from Delta Moon!
On January 17th, The Patch Works was filled with alumni from past Pecha Kucha Atlanta events. Amanda Plumb, the brains behind the local PK chapter, wanted to thank alumni for taking the time to create and deliver a presentation for Pecha Kucha Atlanta.
Past participants got to meet other PK presenters (a fascinating crowd), have a drink (or two), and check out the Patch Works Art & History Center. Party-goers also got to hear the themes for PK 2019.
On January 13th, The Jon Bekoff Project for the Advancement of Georgia Oldtime Music presented musician Max Godfrey, who lead a workshop in local Georgia tunes.
Jon Bekoff was a great Oldtime fiddler in Western MA who loved GA music and encouraged folks to play it (as a result, more players in Vermont and MA play GA oldtime music than in GA!!). Jon died young in 2015 and this JB project is an attempt to keep his GA oldtime missionary spirit alive.
The goal of these free workshops is to promote by-ear learning of oldtime music native to Georgia, with the hope that in the future, participants will go forth and jam these tunes with others.
1-2 new tunes were introduced and tunes from previous sessions were reviewed. The JB Project likes geeky participants who take the time to listen to the original tunes and practice between workshops, who are sincere about learning at least some of what is covered.
Stringed instruments only (no spoons, concertinas, penny whistles). Musicians are invited by Moonshineand need to RSVP by EMAIL to confirm a spot. Preference is given to intermediate musicians with leadership potential/who are committed to learning the local GA Oldtime repertoire. Please email fiddlerhiker if you want to propose another attendee, do not invite them yourself, please.
On Tuesday, December 18th, Eventide Brewing generously hosted a Totes Tuesday for The Patch Works!! Here’s their remarkably simple yet effective fundraising concept: You drink beer. Eventide gives back! All you have to do is drink beer! EASY! Each week Eventide has a different non-profit organization on site. On this night, The Patch Works received 10% of Eventide’s nightly sales AND cash donations collected in the tote bags at the end of the bar!!!
On December 15th, we hosted another awesome “Unplugged” musical performance at the center! The Porch Bottom Boys — performed two amazing sets!!!!
From their website: “The Porch Bottom Boys play bluegrass, newgrass, and other styles seasoned with the diverse backgrounds of their members…
“…They have also appeared in many nearby festivals, including the Decatur BBQ Blues and Bluegrass Festival, the Decatur Arts Festival, the Oakhurst Arts Festival, and Stomp and Chomp in Cabbagetown. Committed to the Decatur community, they frequently play for local fundraisers and other programs.”
THE PLAYERS Steve Gorbatkin – guitar Jim Thompson – fiddle Charlie O’Neill – banjo Joel Glogowski – bass Patrick Jackson – mandolin Denis Gainty – in memoriam
On December 9, Pecha Kucha Atlanta held a really cool event called “Atlanta: Past, Present and Future.” Along with several other presenters, The Patch Works was selected to give one of Pecha Kucha’s signature “20 x 20” lectures: each speaker shows 20 slides and gets 20 seconds per slide to address the topic. We called our topic Cabbagetown: Changing Atlanta by Preserving History.
There was a big turnout at Brother Moto, which kindly hosted the event. (Thank you, Brother Moto!)
On Saturday, December 8th, Evan Kinney recently led an intermediate Georgia Oldtime Jam at The Patch Works. Being our first time hosting a music workshop, we weren’t entirely sure what to expect. Suffice it to say, it was AMAZINGLY FUN! Watch this VIDEO (and remember: this group was learning the song on-the-fly and by ear).
A NEW Grant Award, MORE Scholars, and MORE Music! Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta awards us with a grant, and our third (and last) GA Humanities lecture is this month. Plus, another great lineup for our November Unplugged music event!!!
On Sunday, November 18th, join us as Rebecca Page, Ashley Cheyemi McNeil, and Brennan Collins from GSU’s Student Innovation Fellowship program speak about their mapping collaboration with The Patch Works on ATLmaps.org. They have brought together historical maps of Cabbagetown and stacked them with present-day interviews of long-time residents to uncover the original water sources that sustained the livelihood of the community.
There is no cost to attend.
TITLE: Re-Surfacing Cabbagetown: Mapping the Emergence of Waterways and Stories
PRESENTERS: Rebecca Page, Ashley Cheyemi McNeil, and Brennan Collins
INTERVIEWEES: Ronnie Edwards, Marshall Edwards, Sarah Knight, Margaret Long, and Leon Little.
The Patch Works is honored to have received another grant award: Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta’s Neighborhood Fund grant! Winning the award puts us one (big) step closer to fulfilling our mission of maintaining Cabbagetown as a strong, cohesive community that is dedicated to preserving its history.
In 2019, the Cabbagetown neighborhood wishes to present R. Cary Bynum’s play Cabbagetown: 3 Women, which the playwright based on the 1976 publication Cabbagetown Families, Cabbagetown Food (a “cookbook” that documented the lives of mill-working families in the community). The neighborhood will mount the play in The Joyce Brookshire Amphitheatre, which, in March 2018, Councilmember Natalyn Archibong formally dedicated to the legendary, Cabbagetown musician Joyce Brookshire (who passed away in 2017). This production will use community-based elements: the amphitheatre (located in Cabbagetown Park), as well as local artists (musicians, actors, stage hands, etc.). In addition, the playwright has given the community his blessing to present the play, which he had previously removed from theatrical circulation. This event will promote community participation, as well as historical education. Three organizations — CICDC, CNIA, and The Patch Works — will be supporting the effort.
August 25th, from 2:00pm to 7:00pm: The Patch Works – Unplugged!
For the first performance of the day, please welcome Evan Stepp to the “stage” for a tremendous solo performance. Evan is a phenomenal musician, so you will WANT to see him play!
Then, the spotlight will turn to singer-songwriter (and Cabbagetown resident) Paul Shaw, who will entertain us with a set of new songs! Paul and his wife Mel jammed at The Patch Works a few weeks ago; we are thrilled to have him back again.
What kinds of food did early Cabbagetown residents eat?
Join The Patch Works Art & History Center and food historian Dr. Julia Skinner of Root to learn about Appalachian food history, including the traditions that were brought down from the mountains by many of the residents of Cabbagetown, who moved to the neighborhood to find work.
Julia will also be doing a live demonstration of Appalachian food preservation techniques using recipes from the neighborhood. Come learn how to make chow chow, preserve peaches, and pickle beans! Each attendee will get a handout with recipes to take home and try themselves.
Saturday, August 18th
12noon to 2pm
The Patch Works Art & History Center
593 Gaskill Street SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
Space is limited to 20 people, so make sure to get your tickets early!