THE EVENING QUIET:
A Cultural Initiative
and after supper vigil...
...in these noisy & difficult times.
Join us for seven Tuesdays this summer - August 7th through September 18th at 7:00pm. (And you can also "Observe The Evening Quiet" at your own home, park, or in a gathering of friends: on any (or all) nights of the week.
We will be as visible & quiet as we possibly can be, detaching from modern devices and ancient divisiveness. (For there truly is enough noise in the 23 other hours of each day...especially in this particular summer.) This contemplative vigil is a quiet stand, to think through what we should all do next...in the rested morning, in our better tomorrow. Passers-by will also be observing the evening quiet, by simple virtue of witnessing the action.
Cerimon House located at the crossroads of
NE 23rd Ave. & NE Sumner St.,
if you'd like to join us on our front porch on Tuesdays.
Original art for The Evening Quiet was created by Portland-based artist Annette Sabater, as inspired by the images in James Agee's "Knoxville: Summer, 1915".
Cerimon House launches a Cultural Initiative. The Evening Quiet is inspired by our devotion of the Pulitzer Prize-winning work A Death in the Family by James Agee, and specifically the amazingly pure & true preamble/prologue Knoxville: Summer, 1915. This renowned piece of writing speaks to more innocent times, being together with one's logical family among the sounds of night, before the natural darkness of sunset teases us into a sleep that readies us for another day.
And so: in this particular summer (2018), when things are chaotic, atilt, dangerous, and kindness seems to be in short supply...we look to this piece of writing to act as an example of a time when the most exciting new technology might have been a Tin Lizzy automobile, and there was always a time on the clock to truly contemplate: to find one's home and heart. (And such a time was not so long ago, it's in our cellular memory still.)
And please seek-out the Pulitzer Prize-winning work "A Death in the Family" by James Agee, published posthumously. And specifically: read the preamble/prologue "Knoxville: Summer, 1915"...for it's a rhapsody of words, a balm...and it also inspired the lush musical composition by the same name, as composed by Samuel Barber.