Stories and photos by Charlesetta Thompston

Genette Boston Young worked the registration table at the Boston Family Reunion.

BOSTON FAMILY REUNION: The Boston Family celebrated their family reunion in the 3300 block of Palmer Street on August 11 and 12, with lots of food, games and music. Topping off the festivities was a performance by the internationally acclaimed Ko-Thi Dance Troupe. D’Angelo Boston is a staff member and an outstanding dancer of the Troupe. People filled the entire street when the drums began to beat, while the aroma of barbecue filled the air.

Faye Gladney offered minimassages to Garfield Blues Fest attendees.

GARFIELD JAZZ, GOSPEL & BLUES FEST: Musicians Olu Sijuwade and Nori Cox were among the performers in the first annual New Orleans- Style Parade, kicking off the Garfield Jazz, Gospel & Blues Fest on Saturday, July 22. The parade began at the Martin Luther King Statue on King Drive, then proceded on Garfield Avenue to Seventh Street.

Nori Cox and Olu Sijuwade participated in the New-Orleans Style Parade that was part of the Garfield Blues Fest.

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE: Dedicated to the memory of Ruth A. Turner, the relay was held at Pere Marquette Park, July 21-22. The annual fundraising event was sponsored by Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Covenant Health Care, US Bank and Wisconsin Education Association Council.

Diane and Marvin Pratt and Lisa Lemons and husband Terence attended the American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Riverwest Currents online edition – September, 2006