Rand Scholet takes audiences through a brief introduction of Alexander Hamilton and the importance of the Hamilton Grange in Harlem’s St. Nicholas Park
Above is video of the AHA’s Birthday Celebration for 2013.
The AHA Society has announced the events for this week January 11th-12th.
On January 12th, at the Hamilton Grange, Rand Scholet, President and Founder of The AHA Society, has been invited to speak at the Grange. Come listen to his presentation “Alexander Hamilton: Washington’s Indispensable Founder.”
This begins at 11am on Saturday, Jan 12th at the Hamilton Grange.
Unfortunately, we do not have someone available to coordinate a tree lighting this year. In year’s past we have had successful tree lighting events which included Santa Claus, Carol Singing from Harlem School of the Arts, and a rendition of ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas with Tamara Tunie. WE also usually had hot cider and treats for everyone.
Hopefully, the park can have an event next year, but rest assured, our tree on the plaza will be lit with lights as well as the evergreens at the entrance of the plaza.
If you are interested in helping us with events in the park for 2013, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friend of St. Nicholas Park
St. Nicholas Park has a special Art Exhibition treat this Fall, Winter and Spring.
Beginning on November 15th park goers noticed patterns of colorful ribbon tracing the entryways along basketball courts in St. Nicholas Park, one of Harlem’s several “ribbon parks”. With the aid of KIPPS High School volunteers, artist Katherine Daniels installed this public exhibition of three contemporary weavings on view through April 20, 2013.
Daniels highlights the park’s eclectic, though largely overlooked, history through a series of abstract symbols on the court fences at St. Nicholas Terrace at 129th Street and 130th Street, and at St. Nicholas Ave between 133rd and 134th Street. On the southern end of the park, the chain link fence hosts an abstract vine design that runs horizontally along the top with vertical branches flowing down the fence gates. Based on Native American textiles, this weaving recounts the Indian path Weekquaeskeek, which passed along what is now St. Nicholas Avenue and connected Spyten Duyvil to the tip of Manhattan.
The central installation references the park’s namesake, commonly known as the patron saint of children and sailors, and (appropriately given the season) the inspiration for Santa Claus. Daniels’ series of crosiers, or hooked shepherd staffs, also pay homage to the three churches that border the park—St. James Presbyterian Church, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
Located near the Hamilton Grange, home of founding father Alexander Hamilton, the northernmost court is adorned with a zig-zag pattern of “quilt squares.” This monumental brocade represents the park’s early American history as a military campground during the Battle of Harlem Heights, where General George Washington positioned himself during the Revolutionary War in 1776.
This installation was made possible with a Manhattan Community Arts Fund Grant from the LMCC.
Katherine Daniels has been awarded Parks’ Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award; Artists in the Market Place participation at the Bronx Museum of the Arts; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Creative Community Grants; a PS.122 Project Studio; an Artist-in-Residency at the Henry Street Settlement; a Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation ‘The Space Program’ grant; and a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in Painting. She holds a B.F.A. in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a M.F.A. in Painting from Johnson State College. Born in 1969 in Germany and raised in Huntington, West Virginia she now lives and works in New York City.