Our May 2023 Monday Fundays featured live music, street performers, face painting, snacks, crafts and free books. Dozens of children attended with their parents who raved about how the events, which they call mini-carnivals, make dreaded Mondays easier. We are especially grateful to musician Ida Metsberg.
Finland is known for being one of the happiest places in the world and a place of clean, pure, natural beauty. It's no surprise that Ida Metsberg, native to the land, brings deep, meaningful, vibrant, and nourishing energy through her songs. Now calling New York her home, the singer/songwriter has been bringing her light and unique perspective to the city streets and leaving people with a memorable, and lasting impression.
With nods to artists like Sarah Bareilles and Anna Nalick, Ida blends Pop and Folk with intelligent, thoughtful structure and lyrics. Even songs that are more solemn and serious in tone leave you feeling hopeful and introspective. Her craft is her therapy and expression of her deepest self. Ida writes for her own healing and at times to speak her piece to people that have hurt her. This style of genuine rawness and passion resonates with anyone who has loved, lost, and can still celebrate life and look inside, honestly.
Ida is notable for playing shows across New York City and with her theater background, her show is a must-watch. She can be found on all streaming platforms and is set to release new singles throughout 2023.
Over Mother’s Day weekend, 4Bronx held a Mother's Day celebration at The Concourse House. It was so much fun! The ladies each received a gift basket, a spa bag, donuts, and played spa bingo! They were so happy and grateful! (we do not post photos of the participants at our events at shelters)
We discussed "Open City" by Teju Cole -- Wandering along the streets of New York City after a breakup with his girlfriend, Nigerian psychiatry resident Julius reflects on this vast city he calls home. His thoughts are interrupted occasionally by the odd encounter with someone else on the street, sparking conversations on topics from Alexander Hamilton to his own past. His own personal journey resonates with feelings of both dislocation and hope, and his meandering thoughts pull us along this moving narrative.
Thanks to the ladies who participated. Our next book club is June 7th, go to KRVC for all the info.
We have books available. Please contact TracyKRVC@gmail.com to get a copy.