The Imagine Community’s Imagine May Party commenced on Thursday, May 24 at Hathaway’s Hideaway. The celebration promoted Imagine’s presence in the community and served as a fundraiser. At least fifty people attended the evening of music, dance, poetry and civilized rowdiness.
Though the temperature picked up quickly in the single room, everyone’s spirit remained untainted, even as sweat built on every performance and interaction. The Hathaway’s small speakeasy setting could not contain the crowd, which extended out onto the street.
Five Miles More started the party with an easy jazz flow that warmed up the audience and matched the speakeasy atmosphere. From there, things picked up.
As with any social event hosted by the Imagine Community, this party attracted all manners of people, distinct from one another as the words on this screen.
Freddy Andrews joined the community after attending its Tuesday recreational events at the Robert J. Delonis Center. Andrews has struggled with mental illness all his life, but as of March he’s begun “rolling [his] sleeves up” to fix things. He’s receiving treatment from the Delonis Center as well as alternative therapy from a medicine woman. Little did he know that this Imagine Community would also be therapeutic for him.
“The community is very comforting. It’s church without religion. It’s like recharging your batteries just to be around it,” he said.
Bob Brodis also attended. A former computer analyst, Brodis always had a passion for writing which was revived when he visited Imagine’s Tuesday events. He is currently reworking a novel he had shelved. It was something he had literally dreamed up.
“The whole plot was there in the dream. All I had to do was [write] it down,” he said.
After the jazz tunes of Five Miles More, Stephanie Rudd, stage name Sykoticka, rapped to her newly made demo CD. Rudd’s first time performance was pure chance. She approached the party’s outdoor crowd to hand-out her demo. Instead, she was offered to fill an available performance slot.
Between the musical performances were a string of poetry readings. Dorothy Wiley teamed with guitarist Mike Fedel of Five Miles More. The result was a smooth blend of poetry and melodic tunes. Alan Haber also partook, reading the popular “Plant Four Rows.”
Dancing was throughout the evening. Friends faced off for DJ Neblo’s performance, swung along to various acoustical performances, and watched as Cyndi Gere performed her belly dancing.
Jerusalem Garden provided food to fulfill the worked up appetites. The Imagine May Party fulfilled everything else.