BPMM and NYC Parks join forces to celebrate the 420th anniversary of Anne Hutchinson’s birth. The festival is just one of a year-long calendar of Bronx events to honor her. Hutchinson (1591-1643), who eventually settled in what is now the Bronx, was an outspoken advocate for freedom of religion and women’s equality in religious matters. She was tried for heresy.
Music, games, crafts, storytelling, and more will be ongoing throughout the afternoon. Performances include 17th century madrigals and dances by The Bronx Arts Ensemble and Maria and Michael Grillo as school teachers discussing education and the role of women in Hutchinson’s time. Shelley Volk presents herbal medicine of the period and visitors can help plant an herb garden on site. At the wigwam, Native American storyteller Bobby Gonzalez shares tales of Lenape culture. Urban Park Rangers offer colonial games and crafts such as hoops and corn husk dolls. The afternoon culminates with a talk on Hutchinson by Bronx historian and BPMM tour guide Tom Vasti at 3 p.m. in the museum’s Orangerie. Registration requested. Free.
Sunday June 12th 12-4 pm