Celebrating the MLK Jr. Holiday with the Core Ensemble

We love our beautiful new “Ain't I a Woman!” actress Christy Hall!


Christy and the Ensemble are re-creating those great African American ladies with insight, dignity and grace:


Fannie Lou Hamer, Clemetine Hunter, Sojourner Truth, Zora Neale Hurston

Following our local programming in Florida, we’ll bring the show to venues in New York, Virginia, Oklahoma, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia, Nevada, Minnesota, Indiana, California, Colorado, Oregon and North Dakota (brrr….).

The artists are looking forward to their time on the road – over the years there have been some incredible artistic and culinary adventures. In 2013, our travels took us to Pochahontas, Arkansas, home of the Eddie Mae Herron Center, www.herroncenter.org,  a museum and cultural center celebrating 200 years of African American History in Randolph County, AR. The ensemble was treated to a fabulous lunch including a remarkable Chicken Pot Pie. Wanda Hogue was gracious enough to share the recipe with Percussionist Michael Parola. Here’s a suggestion for your MLK Jr. Holiday dinner:

Wanda Hogue's Chicken Pot Pie 


1/3 cup butter

¼ cup chopped onion

½ cup chopped celery

¼ cup flour

½ tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

½ tsp. celery salt

1 cup chicken stock

1 cup light cream

3 cups diced cooked chicken

1 large can drained mixed vegetables


3 cups flour

1 ½ tsp salt

3 tsp vinegar

1 1/8 cup Crisco

¾ cup milk

Directions: In a medium saucepan melt butter over low heat. Add onions and celery and cook a few minutes. Blend in ¼ cup flour, salt, 1/8 tsp pepper, and celery salt. Add chicken stock and stir slowly over low heat until thickened. Remove from heat. Add chicken and vegetables. Mix crust: flour, salt, shortening, then add milk and vinegar. Put half into a 13 x 9 pan, add chicken mixture, top with remaining pastry. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes.

Just imagine: CREAM and BUTTER! No wonder it's good!