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8th Annual Empty Bowls

Join us for our 8th annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser at our Collingswood location on Saturday, December 1st  from noon to 3pm. 100% of the proceeds will be divided evenly between the Food Bank of South Jersey and the Perkins Center Scholarship fund.

Empty Bowls is an international program that engages participating artists to create and donate handmade bowls in which a simple meal is served to a gathering of caring community patrons. In exchange for the meal (and the hand-made bowl), guests contribute a minimum donation of $15.00.

Le Paysage

GLENN HARREN  |  KAREN TERRY  |  TERRI FRASER

Meet The Artists Reception:
Saturday, October 13  |  6 –9PM

Gallery Hours: 
Tuesdays & Thursdays  |  10AM – 2PM
Saturdays  |  10AM – 2PM

The Butterfly: A Radical Act of Community Storytelling

Join us, as we radically change minds and hearts at transformative, uncensored adult storytelling concerts.

The Butterfly is a FREE community storytelling concert held the 4th Tuesday of each month at our Collingswood location.

Storytelling is the first art form.  From its inception on the continent of Africa, storytelling has been steeped in communal ethos.  It is an amalgamated event of teller and audience.  It teaches lessons, empowers voice and maintains societal values.  It makes us laugh, cry, gasp, hold on and release — It connects.

September: Anything But That (non-negotiables, persistent fears, breaking the rules)
Deadline for Submission: September 8
Notification to Tellers: September 10
Rehearsal: September 18
Concert Performance: September 25

October: Travels, Travails and Triumphs (traveling stories, vacations, outside the US)
Deadline for Submission: October 8
Notification to Tellers: October 10
Rehearsal: October 16
Concert Performance: October 23

November: You’ve Got to Know This (history, relationships, values that must be shared)
Deadline for Submission: November 8
Notification to Tellers: November 10
Rehearsal: November 20
Concert Performance: November 27

December: Holiday Faux Pas (surviving the holidays, that special aunt, uncle, cousin or gift, humorous celebrations)
Deadline for Submission: December 2
Notification to Tellers: December 7
Rehearsal: December 10
Concert Performance: December 17

Be encouraged to indulge your creativity around the theme.

For more information about our Folklife Center & The Butterfly please click here.

If you would like to participate as a teller, please Submit to Tell Here.

Taste of the Caribbean

  • Hosted by South Jersey Caribbean Cultural Organization featuring Steel Pan Performance and Workshop
  • Island Delights and Differences Panel Discussion
  • Food Tasting
  • SocaFitness

Becoming American: It’s not a Melting Pot… It’s Pot Luck 

Take a seat at the table as we discuss Becoming American.

Evening includes:

Viewing Tastefully South Jersey Documentary      

Dinner: Cultural Fare

Discussion Led by Bill Westerman

  • What does it mean to be American?
  • What does it mean to become American?
  • What does it mean to break bread with your neighbor?
  • What does your family bring to the table to make this community special?

 

Admission:  Bring one Family Recipe.

Limited Availability.

RSVP HERE

 

Taste of Mexico and Peru

  • Eco Del Sur: Music from the Andes and Latin America
  • Food Demonstrations
  • Felix Pitre Storytelling
  • Heritage Preservation Day: A Free Community Digitization Project

 

Bring in family heirlooms relating to cultural foodways traditions. Aged photos, negatives, slides, handwritten recipes, heritage cookware, ancestral linens, back-dated newspaper articles and more.

We will digitally preserve your memories and record your stories. You will take home a flash drive as a keepsake for generations to come. All families, all cultures are welcomed.

 

 

Taste of Poland and Turkey

  • Monique Legare International Folk Dance Performance and Workshop
  • Food Tasting
  • Tea-for All Demonstration
  • Turkish Lace-making Workshop (Limited, registration required)

Serife Ayakta: Living the American Dream While Keeping a Piece of Home

Serife Ayakta (meaning standing in honor), carries a legacy in her name from the maternal and paternal sides of her family. Her grandmother instilled in her, “Whatever happens do not lay down, get up.”

Serife grew up near Istanbul,Turkey. After an earthquake killed her mother and destroyed her home and baby furniture business, her husband’s friend urged, “Go to the United States. America has big dreams for your children.” Serife explains, “My husband and I decided to come here to see if it was okay for our children’s future.” Upon their arrival they spent time with distant relatives and friends that had previously immigrated to New York City.

Relocating to New Jersey in 2001 with their three children, Serife, began working at a daycare center.  She loved the babies, but when the job would not provide the opportunity for her to travel to Santa Barbara for a week with her daughter, Serfie said, “I love the children, but I love my children too!”  Her strong sense of motherhood and family values led to the decision to quit her job.

Now having an abundance of time, Serife spent more hours in the kitchen cooking Turkish food that she could find in America, but wasn’t nearly as delicious as the traditional food she enjoyed in her home country. Turkish-Americans got wind of Serife’s home cooking and offered to buy her Turkish cuisine. Serife’s most popular dish, manti, consisted of small dumplings that she distinctly shaped into stars. She filled the signature dish with beef, or spinach and feta cheese or mushrooms. Realizing that her small operation could become something greater, Serife called the owners of several Turkish restaurants in New York.  They were more than happy to buy her manti.

Needing a larger space to grow her business, Serife rented a storefront in Delran where a “small Turkish village” exists. Serife said, “A lot of Turkish women at that time didn’t have a car and could not speak English.   I wanted to give them the opportunity to get out of the house and come to work. My mother always taught me to help others.” Together, the women worked to uphold the tradition of Turkish cooking in America while sharing memories and stories from their native land and new home in America.   It wasn’t long before the business expanded from shipping the manti to customers into a restaurant of its own. Star Manti is named after the dish that fostered the success of the business.   Other dishes are titled after different cities from Serife’s childhood and life experiences in Turkey, such as, “Gorali, that’s named after where I went to high school.  After school we would eat hot dogs and Turkish potato salad at my favorite restaurant.” Serife’s pride lights up the entire space at Star Manti when she shares her story and talks about her children’s college successes, careers, family life and their desire to carry forth Turkish traditions.  She affirms, “We did a good job because we came here and we started the new life.”

The napkin notes of gratitude shared on the walls at Star Manti tell even more of Serife’s story.  Come meet Serife and experience her exquisite cuisine this Saturday, July 28 at Taste of Poland and Turkey 10:00- 2:00 p.m., 30 Irvin Avenue at the Tastefully South Jersey Exhibition.  

The exhibit  is an exploration into folk art and culture through the lens of food traditions in New Jersey and features cultural artisans, fine artists and artifacts centered around foodways such as recipes, cookbooks, paintings, photographs and integrated with food tasting, dance, music, and storytelling performances. The event is free and open to the public.

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Taste of West Africa and African-American Soul

  • Universal African Dance and Drum Ensemble
  • Food Demonstrations
  • Soul Line Dancing with I am Kenny J
  • Broomcorn Doll Making Workshop with Alma May (Limited, registration required)

Tastefully South Jersey Opening Reception

  • Interpretive Tour of Exhibit
  • Tastefully South Jersey Presentation
  • Food Tasting

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Moorestown
395 Kings Highway
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Phone: 856.235.6488
Toll Free: 800.387.5226
Fax: 856.235.6624
create@perkinscenter.org

Collingswood
30 Irvin Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Phone: 856.235.6488
Toll Free: 800.387.5226
Fax: 856.235.6624
create@perkinscenter.org

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