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SummerFeast Gospel Concert and Jerk Chicken Cookoff

SummerFeast:  Gospel Concert & Jerk Chicken Cook-off
Sat Aug 18, 2012       3:00 PM -7:00 PM
Sun Aug 19 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

SummerFeast Dudley SqDudley Square’s Common Thread Coalition is pleased to announce the final roster for the first annual Haley House SummerFeast, a Gospel Jamboree and Jerk Chicken Cook-off Contest to be held on Saturday, August 18 from 3PM-7PM in the Haley House Bakery Café parking lot at 12 Dade Street in Roxbury, MA. 

Featuring Local Artist Stanley Porter

Our Gospel Jamboree will feature local artist Stanley Porter, talented singer, songwriter, and artist from Revere, MA.  Besides writing and producing four albums, Porter has spent his time teaching in Boston Public Schools, keeping active in church ministry, hosting music television shows, and publishing a devotional memoir.

A gifted singer, he has been nominated for Stellar and New England Urban Music Awards for his exceptional urban gospel style. Porter will be supported by Boston’s own Adam Littlejohn, Jr. and several other local gospel artists. Brother Charles of Touch 106.1’s TMS (The Morning Show) will preside as our Master of Ceremonies.

MASSART’s Sparcmobile will provide creative opportunities for the young and young at heart – along with other activities.

The Jerk Chicken Contest

Eight local restaurants and chefs have accepted the challenge to compete in a jerk chicken contest, with event attendees and judges sampling their unique recipes. Participating restaurants include Haley House Bakery Café; Irie; and Pepperpot.

Other community chefs include local caterers Ethnica and Perry’s; and solo chefs Shawn Jenkins, Audley Mills and Evereth Stephens. Haley House Bakery Café will round out the plate with delicious side dishes and summer punch.

Juried Contest

A jury of local dignitaries and culinar luminaries will judge the contenders’ jerk chicken offerings, while event attendees vote for a People’s Choice Award to select the most popular chef. The “Best Jerk Chicken” chosen by the distinguished panel of judges will receive an achievement award and an opportunity for community publicity.  Confirmed Judges include: Rose Arruda, Kalila Barnett, Kelley Chunn, Rep. Gloria Fox, Ronn Garry, Councilor Tito Jackson, Derek Lumpkins, Sibu Malaba, Rep. Byron Rushing, Darryl Settles, Joyce Stanley, Mary Tuitt, Darnell Williams, Nicola Williams, and Pat Williams.

Tickets Available Locally

Tickets for SummerFeast are $5 each, available for purchase at A Nubian Notion (146 Dudley Street, Roxbury – ticket hotline: 617 442 4425), Haley House Bakery Café (12 Dade Street, Roxbury), and Vaughn Fish & Chips (1 Erie Street, Dorchester) – some locations may charge a service fee. Tickets can also be purchased online at:


We encourage everyone to work with us for a vibrant Dudley Square.  
For more information, contact Bing Broderick at Haley House Bakery Café:  617.822.3941

More about Common Thread

Common Thread’s Mission: “Common Thread works transparently with all community stakeholders to reclaim Dudley Square as an evening destination by coordinating cultural activities and events. We will stimulate economic growth with a focus on existing assets. By unveiling its true beauty and celebrating its wealth of history, culture and unique community, we will improve the public perception of Dudley Square.”'

Common Thread Partners
  • Black Ministerial Alliance
  • Boston Police Department, District B-2
  • Haley House Bakery Café
  • Historic Boston Incorporated
  • Gallery Basquiat
  • Madison Park Development Corporation
  • Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation
  • TenPoint Coalition

SummerFeast is the first in the “Roxbury Night Lights” series of monthly, affordable, family-friendly events in Dudley Square presented by the Common Thread Coalition.  Subsequent events will be scheduled to promote Dudley Square as an evening destination.

Contact:                                 Bing Broderick
                                                Haley House Bakery Café
Posted: August 13, 2012     Nancy J Conrad

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