For this special multigenerational Spring Equinox event in partnership with Native American Lifelines and Backyard Basecamp, we will gather to mark the turning of the seasons and reflect on our responsibilities to the land and waterways of the Chesapeake Bay. This Indigenous & Black-led evening will feature a potluck, crafts, seed giveaways, music, puppets, and more.

From 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Native American Lifelines and Backyard Basecamp will lead various activities, including puppet making, watercolor painting, and seed and plant gifting. Community members are invited to a potluck-style dinner with mint and sassafras tea starting at 6:00 PM.

At the Baltimore Butterfly Session, Keynote Speaker Tara Maudrie, an enrolled member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, will lead an interactive discussion about community food priorities with support from Atiya Wells and Jordan Bethea of Backyard Basecam. The musical guest will be Eze Jackson, an emcee, producer, and community organizer who recently founded the record label/collective EPIC FAM, a Baltimore-based entertainment and media company, unifying a collective of the City’s best arts & culture creatives and multi-genre musical artists.

This session will also feature a crankie, a visual puppet art form that uses a scroll to tell stories, entitled Where the Water Goes, illustrated by Laura Stinson and operated by Nino McQuown and Cecilia Cackley. This free celebration of waterways and food ways on Spring Equinox is perfect for families, friends, and neighbors.

This event is free, please reserve your seat by clicking book tickets above.

The event is full at 200 attendees, so please arrive early to guarantee admission. RSVP alone does not guarantee admission to the event, there is a limited capacity – first come, first served.

Please note that in order to create wider access to our work, BCS records each Baltimore Butterfly Session on film to be released on our YouTube channel.

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