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Family of Woodstock presents: A Soul Train Christmas and winter clothing drive
December 10, 2022 @ 7:00 pm
In its third annual holiday collaboration with the internationally known recording artist and long-time Woodstock resident Eric Redd, Family of Woodstock (FOW) presents a Soul Train-themed holiday dance party and warm winter clothing drive in the stylish and warm confines of Colony in Woodstock on December 10. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show is at 8 p.m. Also on the bill are the Hudson Valley’s premier rockabilly and roots export Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones and the Gospel-influenced dance artist and DJ disciple collaborator Dawn Tallman.
Like so many other traditions and community-focused events, this series was suspended during the height of the pandemic years. Ironically, the Covid crisis and subsequent economic and social volatility have only exacerbated the community issues and needs that these events are designed to address and alleviate.
“As we all know, prices of everything are going up,” says Tamara Cooper, FOW’s crisis line and training team leader for over 30 years. “Housing has reached unaffordable levels. People who are fortunate enough to be homed often don’t have enough money to provide some of the other basics for themselves and their families, and changing demographics have challenged our ability to assess our community’s cohesion.”
Situated in a historically significant arts town, FOW has long called on the arts and locally-residing artists to help generate awareness and resources for community members in need. Other long-running charitable events presented by FOW include the annual Bob Dylan Birthday Bash and the John Herald Fund concerts, both of which have called on the talents of Eric Redd in the past.
On December 10, Redd pays tribute to Cornelius’ legacy of bringing African-American music and dance to a wider audience and, in so doing, immeasurably enlivening and improving American popular culture. Billed as “The music, dance and style of a generation,” A Soul Train Christmas highlights Redd’s dynamic presence and outsize talent as well as his direct and personal connection to the source.
Attendees are encouraged to donate new and gently used warm winter clothing. “We really want to people to think about what they would like to have for themselves,” said Cooper. “It’s always a good idea to use that as a marker for what you choose to donate; it shows respect for all of us, no matter where we find ourselves in life. It’s a good reminder to be generous and to be thoughtful.”
Colony is located at 22 Rock City Road in Woodstock. Tickets are $20-$25. For tickets, visit https://www.colonywoodstock.com. For additional information about Family of Woodstock, visit https://www.familyofwoodstockinc.org/.