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Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival
Members Only: Haunts of Dylan Thomas walking tour
Barney Gallant's Swinging Greenwich Village walking tour

Please note that space is often limited. Reservations are not confirmed until you receive a response from GVSHP regarding your reservation.

If space becomes an issue, all reservations will be honored up until the start of the program, at which point your seat may be given away to those on the wait list.   

Folk City: New York and the Folk Music Revival
A lecture with music at Caffe Vivaldi

Tuesday, August 2nd, 6:30pm
Caffe Vivaldi, 32 Jones St
Free. Reservations recommended. Click here to register.

In the 1950s and 1960s, folk music blossomed in New York City, especially in Greenwich Village, where clubs and coffee houses showcased stalwarts like Pete Seeger and Odetta and nurtured a generation of newcomers, including Bob Dylan, Judy Collins, Dave Van Ronk, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, and Peter, Paul and Mary. Stephen Petrus literally wrote the book on the topic and curated a recent multi-media exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York. In the iconic Caffe Vivaldi, join Stephen for an illustrated presentation that traces the roots of the revival, its growth in New York, its major players, and its impact on American politics and culture during the tumultuous 1960s. Caffe Vivaldi has nurtured upcoming and established musicians for over thirty years, and the space is replete with music heritage of its own. Three live music performances will follow Stephen’s talk and you’re encouraged to stay and enjoy the convivial atmosphere of the café. A full menu and bar will be available all night, both during and after Stephen’s presentation.

Click here to register for this program.

[This venue is wheelchair accessible.]
[Photo courtesy of the Ronald D. Cohen Collection in the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.]

Haunts of Dylan Thomas walking tour

with Poet Bob Holman

Wednesday, August 10
6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Join your fellow GVSHP members and Bob Holman for a guided tour of the Greenwich Village sites that are connected to famed Welsh poet, Dylan Thomas.  Enjoy the historic Village while exploring some of Thomas’s favorite haunts.  Stops will include the Cherry Lane Theatre, Chumley’s bar, the Minetta Tavern and E.E. Cummings’ apartment on Patchin Place.  After the tour, quench your thirst at the historic White Horse Tavern. The bar is where Thomas hoisted his last drink, and we’ll hoist our own to his memory while Bob reads a few Thomas poems. The White Horse Tavern will offer $5 draft beers for the occasion.

This program is for members at the $50 level and above.
Free. Reservations required. Please contact 212-475-9585 x35 or
Meeting location provided with reservation.
[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]

Barney Gallant’s Swinging Greenwich Village
Walking tour

Wednesday, August 31
6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

You may not know the name Barney Gallant today, but in the early 20th century he was downright famous – at least in the Village. A Latvian immigrant who arrived in America in 1903, Gallant quickly injected himself into Village culture. He was Eugene O’Neill’s first roommate and the first New Yorker prosecuted under the Volstead Act for serving booze at his restaurant on Sheridan Square. His speakeasies were legendary, ritzy affairs that served exclusive clientele including party-loving Mayor Jimmy Walker. Join Esther Crain, writer of the popular blog Ephemeral New York and author of the upcoming hardcover The Gilded Age in New York, 1870-1910, for a walking tour tracing the life of this Village eccentric. Stroll the historic streets of the west side as you stop at the surviving locations of Gallant speakeasies Club Gallant and Speako de Luxe, his restaurant Greenwich Village Inn, his old Sixth Avenue apartment, and other spots of swinging Village nightlife.

Free. Reservations required - click here to attend.
Meeting location provided with reservation.
[This event is not wheelchair accessible.]

These programs are made possible in part by the generous support of: The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York State Council on the Arts; City Councilmembers Rosie Mendez, Corey Johnson, and Margaret Chin; and GVSHP members.

GVSHP hosts a wide variety of public programs throughout the year.


To register for a free event, please call (212) 475-9585 ext. 35 or email.

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