This Day in Art History: Sept. 6, 1938. The Federal Art Project of the WPA kicked off the Children’s Art Festival in Central Park. The New York Times reported that the festivities featured a performance by the Excelsior Cadets of Harlem drum and bugle band, an accordion solo by Boris Shapiro (aged 12 years old), and eight monkeys meant to publicize a Federal Writer’s Project book titled “Who’s Who at the Zoo.”
This Day In Art History: on June 7, 1918, the Penguin Club, a group of anti-establishment artist tricksters led by Walt Kuhn, held their Strawberry Festival. Dress code was casual: attendees were instructed to wear “a Woolworth Straw Hat, or dress to look like a Rube of some sort.”
This Day in Art History: July 9, 1888. Mary Thayer, daughter of painter Abbott Handerson Thayer, makes “Flimboe”, a drink she invented with her brother Gerald. If you trust the culinary instincts of an 11-year-old, you can make Flimboe too. Here is the recipe as written above in Mary’s diary: “water and strawberry juice and sugar, corked up tight in a bottle and kept for about a week, before it is drunk.” If anyone tries this we’d love to hear how it turns out! And see pictures!