Volume 80, Number 49 | May 5- 11, 2011
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Photo courtesy of the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society

The Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society, poised to serenade mom.

M is for the many things you can do on Mother’s Day
Well, three things — but they’re all good!


Mother’s Day jewelry-making
The Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center invites Friday Night teen members, senior citizens and enrollees in Manhattan Youth’s programs to join jewelry makers to create special pieces for Mother’s Day. The event will take place at 6pm on Friday, May 6, at the Manhattan Youth Downtown Community Center (120 Warren St.) Space is limited so advance registration is recommended. To RSVP, email bob@manhattanyouth.org with your name and phone number.

Every year, The Raging Grannies celebrate Mother’s Day by taking a pleasant stroll in the park (as part of their Mother’s Day Peace Stroll). Along the way, there will be songs and music from the Rude Mechanical Orchestra (a “radical marching band”). TRG will also be joined by the formidable activists from CODEPINK. Sun., May 8. At 11:30am, gather at Central Park & Columbus Circle. At 12pm, the stroll commences. At 2pm, the stroll concludes at The Metropolitan Museum. Clouds won’t keep these grannies from their walk in the park — but, they caution, “We stay home if it rains.” That seems reasonable. For more info, email them at grannypeace.gmail.com.Visit raginggrannies.com, codepink4peace.org and rudemechanicalorchestra.org

Remember when “music” meant you could actually understand the lyrics? Remember when families gathered in the parlor to celebrate and socialize? Remember mom? Mother’s Day tends to inspire dewy-eyed remembrances of the way things used to be. So this year, celebrate by time warping back to a kindler, gentler era. To do so, you’ll have to spend some time sitting in the Greek Revival double parlors of the Merchant’s House Museum. This Mother’s Day, NYC’s only family home preserved intact, from the mid-19th Century, plays host to the Bond Street Euterpean Singing Society (a world-class quartet in possession of stunning vocals and a fascinating flare for presentation). “Sing It with Flowers” is their concert of 19th Century vocal music performed in honor of mothers everywhere, of every time (especially our foremothers of the 19th Century). You’ll hear period parlor songs — by way of solos, duets and quartets — by great European masters and American popular composers of the era. Sun., May 8, 5:30pm. At the Merchant’s House Museum, 29 E. Fourth St. (btw. Lafayette & Bowery). Reservations strongly suggested. For tickets ($25), call 212-777-1089 or visit merchantshouse.org/events.

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