Coming up! 20th Annual Mount Morris Park Historic House Tour

housetour_2008_greeterCelebrating the 20th Annual Mount Morris Park Historic House Tour Sunday, June 14, 2009, from 11 AM — 4 PM

On Sunday, June 14, 12 Central Harlem brownstones, apartments and churches will open their doors and share their stories during Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Association’s 20th Annual Historic Neighborhood House Tour. This year’s theme is A Harlem Renaissance House Party and will feature the sights and sounds of celebration like those you would have experienced in Harlem during the flowering of African American cultural and intellectual life. Come on in— you know you’ve always wanted to peek inside these beautiful townhouses!

Here’s a sampling of what to expect throughout the day:

11 AM to 4 PM: Follow the Self-Guided Tour of Homes at your leisure. Some of the stops will feature readings of Langston Hughes’ poetry, art by Harlem Renaissance painters, and the music of Dizzy Gillespie and other Harlem jazz greats.

12 Noon and 2 PM: Join one of the Architectural Walking Tours led by Architectural Historian, John Reddick. Listen to his thoughts and insights about the Mount Morris Park Historic District.

3 PM: Join the Marcus Garvey Park Walking Tour led by long-time resident of Mount Morris Park, Valerie Jo Bradley. She’ll show you such park landmarks as the Amphitheater built–and soon to undergo an upgrade and restoration–with funds provided by Broadway legend and former resident, Richard Rodgers, and the Fire Watchtower on top of the Acropolis, which, at 151 yeas old, is the only surviving structure of its kind in New York City. And it’s got a view to die for!

Tour Start: The Pelham Fritz Community Center, 18 Mount Morris Park West (aka Fifth Avenue) and West 122 Street. Here you can buy tickets, pick up tickets reserved in advance, check out the souvenirs and refreshments, and meet the guides for the walking tours.

Tickets: $20 in Advance, $25 Day of Event.
How to purchase an Advanced Ticket and save 20%:
1) Send a check or money order made payable to MMPCIA, along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope, to PO Box 3270, New York, NY 10027. Orders received after June 8 will be held for pick up at the Tour Start.
2) Purchase through a member of the Mount Morris Park Community Improvement Associations Board of Directors.
3) Purchase with a credit card through our secure PayPal or Google Checkout. Tickets will not be mailed but will be held for pick up at the Tour Start.

for more information and to register online click HERE

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