Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Help clear displaced musicians' yard Saturday

Contact: schroeder915 at yahoo dot com, or comment below, if you can attend so we can get a head count, and please mention tools, if any, you can bring.

When: Saturday, 9/09/06, Noon - 4 p.m.

Where: 3219 Livingston (turns into Monticello at JP line above Earhart Blvd., map)

What to bring: Tools -- heavy-duty lawn bags, hard and soft rakes, *machetes*, *weedwackers*, *chainsaws*,lawn mowers, hedgers, pruners, work gloves, eye protection, bug spray, a hat, sunscreen. I'm looking for people or organizations that will loan tools for the day. I'll probably purchase some machetes and donate them to a tool library when we're finished. I may also rent a chainsaw and weedwacker if these can't be borrowed.

Who this is for:

Cora Foster is a pianist, organist and choir teacher. She was raised in a family, and in a neighborhood, that fostered musical training. Some of her uncles were Sam Dutrey (Preservation Hall clarinet player),Honore Dutrey (played with Louis Armstrong in the seminal King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band), Buddy Bolden(who's playing inspired King Oliver and Louis Armstrong), and Jelly Roll Morton (who contributed significantly to the dissemination of jazz to other cities). Preserving the heritage and cohesion of this neighborhood is essential.

She and her daughters were evacuated to Michigan. Her daughters Regina and Sandra only recently returned after renting a car and driving 1300 miles, despite Regina's back problems. They came back specifically to address the city order to gut and clean lots by the Aug. 29 deadline. The Arabi Wrecking Krewe, which has been helping musicians' families with their homes, organized a salvage operation, but the yard still needs to be cleared.

Note that the time, Sat., Noon - 4, was set to accomodate the schedules of people who were only available later on Saturday. There's no reason not togo earlier. Nobody's at the house now -- in fact, nobody's in living in that block at all. But bring someone with you, because there may not be anybody there until Noon.

More background here.

Craig's List post here.


At 9/07/2006 08:32:00 AM, Anonymous Karen said...


Mayor Nagin has called his First District B Community Meeting

Saturday, September 9, 2006


Allie Mae Williams Auditorium

2020 Jackson Avenue

New Orleans

At 9/07/2006 08:33:00 AM, Anonymous Karen said...

After that take all your agressions and clean the yard!

At 9/07/2006 09:36:00 AM, Blogger compelled1 said...


Unfortunately I am not writing to help on saturday. Saturday evening, I will be arriving from NYC for a 10 day visit. I have a few things that I will need to get done during my visit, but I plan on devoting a lot of my time volunteering.

Because of my unsure schedule, I am hesitant to volunteer with an organization like Habitat for Humanity that likely requires pre-committing to a schedule. This brings me to my point...

I greatly appreciate you posting your work here on your blog. And though I expect that you will with our without my urging, please post all opportunities throughout the next couple of weeks. I have no tools, but I have a strong body, and lot's of heart, and I'm eager to help.

I'll go back to lurking for now.


At 9/07/2006 12:44:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey maybe these guys can help? Click here

At 9/07/2006 01:09:00 PM, Blogger G Bitch said...

Thanks for the notice, Karen. I'm very close so I'll probably go though I can't imagine holding my fists away from his face long enough to hear him say anything.

I can do Saturday. I have a "soft" rake, a lopper, gloves. I'll leave my push mower at home.

You know how to reach me if need be.

At 9/11/2006 07:40:00 AM, Blogger Steve said...

Oh howI wish I was close enough to make that. In looking for a certain picture yesterday, I happened across a photo that -to the uninitiated-could be anywhere, but to those who've been there,is undeniably the New Orleans you described in helping this woman.

I'll send you a copy of it when I get home from work tonight, I think you'll appreciate it.

At 9/11/2006 08:41:00 AM, Blogger Schroeder said...

I look forward to seeing the photo Steve. Thanks. I'll have photos from the yard clearing upcoming.


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