What made me cross the invisible border into Billy Taylor Park on Tuesday? I was invited.
I was walking back from the Lippitt Park Farmer’s Market this Saturday and I ran into Dr. Dannie. She gave me a flyer for Valerie Tutson & Friends- storytelling at Billy Taylor Park- last performance of the Summer.
On Tuesday right after work I walked 2 blocks to enjoy storytelling and sit on the green grass on a perfect afternoon, with the sun sinking behind the trees on the edge of Mt. Hope.
Neighbors I hadn’t seen for years were there telling stories about Mt.Hope in the 80’s and 90’s.
Valerie Tutson and Kevin Jackson gave a tribute to Billy Taylor, a man who did not let heart trouble stop him from dedicating his time to the good of the community. It’s not how long you live, but how well.
The phrase, ‘invisible border’ I first heard from artist and neighbor Paul Badger, who marked out the territorial line between Mt. Hope and Blackstone. A couple of his street signs still exist, though I could not find a record of his project on the net. I see many other references to invisible borders internationally. In Providence the border may be 2 blocks away.
There’s a rumor that a coffee shop is going to open on Camp St. Since we lost 729 Hope there is a lack of coffee places where you can get a table, so I’ll be looking out for this.
Dr. Dannie gave me another flyer at the storytelling. The Mt. Hope Community Health Worker Team & Collaborating Organizations. I may check this out, now that I’ve been invited.