Earlier today, the Bloomingdale Farmers' Market hosted a free community barbecue-- dubbed the "The Haitian Invasion" --that commemorated the efforts of all who helped launch the farmers market this past June.
The Haitian orchestral symphony and choir Les Petits Chanteurs serenaded the crowd; its members herald from Port Au Prince's Holy Trinity School of Music.
Commissioners Stu Davenport and John Salatti (shown here with the Rev. Vincent P. Harris of St. George's Episcopal Church) spearheaded organization and fundraising for the event, and Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr. and at-large Councilmember Kwame Brown also provided financial support in addition to contributions from throughout the community.
Numerous volunteers led by Ted McGinn also processed the free-range roast pig and distributed the delicious sandwiches to the crowd.
Joe, Susan and Brooke Lilivois visited from Virginia to hang out and see some old neighborhood friends.
These photos tell the story. Two years ago, it would have been hard to conceive of an event like this taking place in our neighborhood. Change is not automatic, it takes hard work from several individuals collaborating towards a common goal.