Positive Vibes was all I felt at Bronzeville Summer Nights. It felt good to attend an event in my community and see the community come out and support the local businesses. Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC) did an amazing job putting this event together. As always, hanging out with my friends gives me a chance to unstress, unwind, and relax. This was the final event for the Bronzeville Summer Nights and this is how my friends and I enjoyed it.
First up was Sip and Savor. Sip and Savor hosted A Food and Coffee Experience with Chef Julius Russell and Trez V. Paugh III (The Sipologist). This event was $25 and the menu consisted of:
- 13 hour Smoked, Sip and Savor Costa Rican Coffee rubbed, Brisket
- Classic New Orleans Dirty Rice
- Cuban Chicken
- Food Surprises (Andouille Sausage, Lamb, Smoked Hot Peppers, and Smoked Scallions).
The food was flavorful and delicious. My Caramel Mocha was tasty as well. It was a cool night in Chicago about 59 degrees, so when Shenita came through with the White Hennessy, it made my coffee just right. There was such a great vibe in Sip and Savor. Everyone was talking, eating, laughing and just enjoying each other’s company. You could hear the live band and DJ in Sip and Savor which leads us to our next destination.
We followed the energic sound outside of Sip and Savor to a band called Delivery Point. This name suits this band perfectly. The band and the vocal were on point. This band had a little something for everyone. When we made it outside, the band was playing Back In My Life by Kem. They followed that up with a well-known tune by Chuckii Booker titled Games. Everyone became Frankie Beverly and sang along to Joy and Pain. There was a reggae twist put on Return of The Mack and although we could have stayed all night it was time to hop on the trolley.
The trolley ride was a lot of fun and the hot ticket item for this event. I think we were able to get the third trolley that came because of the crowd. At this point, we were running out of time so we had to be strategic for our last adventure. The trolley took us through Bronzeville and stopped at several businesses that sponsored this event. Assata (I hope I spelled her name correctly) our bus guide, gave us information on all of the businesses along the route and what they were contributing to this event. She also gave us several positive affirmations to repeat and taught me that Bronzeville got its name from the color of our beautiful skin. The entire trolley ride took about 15-20 before we landed at Oakwood Community Center.
Oakwood Community Center had it going on. There was a different vibe when you walked in the door. Kids dancing and everyone was smiling and having a good time. We came in the door doing the Cha Cha Slide and eventually found our way to a Sip and Create Party by Meosha Thomas of Local Art Studio. This was definitely a great time because I love paint parties. Three lines, a semicolon and 2 circles later, I had a painting. Moesha was a patient and gave great instructions. Everyone walked out with a painting they could take home.
It’s always awesome to get with friends and have a great night out. An added plus is when you can find things in your neighborhood to do for free. Bronzeville Summer Nights is once a month from June to September. You will need to go every month to cover all the events and activities around Bronzeville during this time. Thank you, Jada Russell of HSMPR, for helping me navigate my way through tonight’s activities. Food, entertainment, wine, and painting, perfect for a girls night out.