Homecoming: Black Women Speak


Saturday, October 2 @5p
Barrio Stage at Touchstone Theatre
OUTDOOR EVENT

TICKETS: Free! Donations welcome.
*Reservations encouraged to help us plan; walk-ups welcome too!

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For far too long, the voices of Black women have been silenced and disregarded in churches, community organizations, corporate America, and other institutions. This year’s Homecoming celebration looks to the brave souls and wisdom keepers who, despite disrespect and disparaging comments, persevered and said to the world “I am somebody.”

In an evening of music, spoken word, inspirational messages, and community, we raise up the voices of Black women in the Greater Lehigh Valley, who “made a way out of no way!”

[Image description: A young Black child against a purple and white wall, wearing sunglasses and a denim shirt over a white tank top. Their arms are held wide, and they stand with one foot lifted and pressed against the wall behind them.]


WHAT TO EXPECT

Join us in raising up the voices of Black women in the Greater Lehigh Valley through music, spoken word, inspirational messages, and a gathering of community. **See below for the rain plan** Anne Labovitz of the I Love You Institute invites audience members to participate in a collaborative community art project between 4:30-5pm; plan to arrive early to take part.

FOOD & DRINK: Arrive hungry! Food and drink provided by Taste Smokers, D&S Caribbean, and Film Cakez will be available for purchase.

VENUE: Barrio Stage at Touchstone Theatre, 321 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem, PA 18015 (This is our new outdoor venue located in our parking lot; see below for alternate parking options.)

RUN TIME: 3 hours, with pauses throughout

PARKING: There is nearby street or lot parking (here’s a link to Bethlehem parking options).  Recommended options include: 1) Mechanic Street Parking Lot between Webster & Taylor Streets and Mechanic Street and the Greenway – 3 min walk; 2) Third & Taylor Street lot next to Southside 313 at 313 E. 3rd St. – 3 min. walk; or 3) the South New St. Garage (324 S. New Street), which is a 7 minute walk along the Greenway to the theatre.

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: Accessible restrooms are available inside Touchstone Theatre. Accessible seating is available; please contact Touchstone Theatre via phone at (610) 867-1689 or via email at touchstone@touchstone.org to reserve accessible seating in advance or inquire about accessible parking. Please note that seating is in the Touchstone parking lot which is accessed via a sloped driveway.

**COVID-19 SAFETY**: This event is outside and participants/audience will be able to physically distance. Per the Homecoming Leadership Committee’s request, all guests must wear a mask when moving about the space, regardless of vaccination status. We’ll have extras masks and plenty of hand sanitizer on hand, in case you need them.

Please do not attend if you are not feeling well. Unsure if you should stay home? Take this questionnaire to help make an informed decision.

What happens if it rains?!

TIME SHIFT: In the event of rain, the event will be 6-9pm instead of 5-8pm.

VENUE: In the case of rain, this event will take place at the Charles A. Brown Ice House,  56 River St., Bethlehem, PA 18018.

PARKING: Free parking is available immediately adjacent to the Ice House, with additional metered parking in the Lehigh Street Lot across from the Wooden Match (61 W. Lehigh Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018).

ACCESSIBILITY INFORMATION: Accessible seating is available; please contact Touchstone Theatre via phone at (610) 867-1689 or via email at touchstone@touchstone.org to reserve accessible seating in advance. Accessible restrooms are also available. Parking is available in designated handicap spots next to the venue. 

**COVID-19 SAFETY**: The Ice House is on city property; per City of Bethlehem guidelines, masks must be worn – regardless of vaccination status – by anyone visiting a government building. All performers, ushers, box office staff, etc. will be masked. As an audience member, please bring your own mask to wear; if you need one, we’ll have plenty of extras on hand. Seating will provide some physical distance “by pod”; ushers will place chairs out for you and your group.

Please do not attend if you are not feeling well. Unsure if you should stay home? Take this questionnaire to help make an informed decision.