Poetry to serve as fundraiser for Hoodstock
MORGAN CITY, La. — The Poetry by Candlelight to be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at the Morgan City Municipal Auditorium will feature singers, spoken-word artists, open microphone poetry and live music.
Tickets are $10, and $15 at the door.
The event will serve as a fundraiser for the third annual Hoodstock event.
Hoodstock is a grassroots movement and committee of young professionals and residents who believe in giving back to their community, stated Hoodstock volunteer Danika Foley in a news release.
“It’s something that’s unique to this area so we wanted something that was different,” Foley said.
The event also tries to bring different cultures into the area, she said.
“You don’t see events like this necessarily in small-town America,” she said. Most of these kinds of poetry events are held in urban or bigger cities, such as New Orleans or Lafayette, Foley said.
“We wanted to bring something like this to small-town America and also to meld the cultures together,” Foley said.
The public is welcome to participate in the Poetry by Candlelight event. “That’s why we have an open mic segment,” Foley said. Anyone who wants to share an original piece or another piece they want to share should “feel free to come out and do that,” Foley said.
They anticipate more spoken word artists and poets to attend for the third Poetry by Candlelight installment, she stated.
The Hoodstock movement is geared toward reviving core values necessary amongst residents of underprivileged communities, she stated. “We believe that each resident is vested, whether sentimentally or by real estate, in the community in which they live therefore have stock in their neighborhood. Its mission also is to educate, entertain and inform the whole person, Foley said.
In 2011 and 2012, Hoodstock put on a community-wide event by providing a family-oriented, educational and fun-filled day for adults and children, she stated.
The Hoodstock event is usually held in October. A date has not been set yet for this year’s Hoodstock event, she said.
The organization has invited local public official candidates, businesses, and civic leaders to the event, so the community could be familiar with elected officials, Foley stated. “The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” she stated. In the past, Hoodstock has coincided with fall elections.
“This year we don’t have an election, but we still want to invite our public officials … to come out and meet and greet with the public so people can get to know who our public officials are,” Foley said.
The Hoodstock event will also feature guest speakers from inside and outside the community. “We have some people who have spoken in the past who are from here who are pretty successful either business owners or successful in their careers to kind of begin to uplift and encourage people who live in areas of the city,” Foley said.
The event usually has a band playing music along with a fun jump for kids, Foley said.
The Hoodstock event also has a health and wellness portion, which has included representatives from Teche Regional Medical Center and Teche Action Clinic and organizations from outside the area that can come to educate the public about their health, she said.
For more information on the Poetry by Candlelight event, tickets and open microphone registration, call 985-255-0896.