Brooklyn Heights

Montague Street celebrates Father’s Day

Georgian food, crafts and entertainment

June 18, 2024 Mary Frost
Kids made a beeline for the craft tables on Montague Street this past Sunday. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle.
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BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Georgian food and drink, courtesy of Chama Mama restaurant, plus traditional Georgian dance, performances by P.S. 8’s Junior Theater Club and other activities made for a most entertaining Father’s Day celebration on Montague Street this past Sunday.

Sponsored by the Montague BID, Brooklyn Heights Association and NYC DOT, dads chilled at the Open Streets event that included samples of delicious traditional Georgian eats, including khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread) and Georgian beer. (Chama Mama says that in Georgian, the word “mama” actually means father! The word for mother is “deda.”)

From left: Giorgi Kapanadze, Elene Machavariani, Anamaria Jikia and Nikoloz Sesadze, members of the Georgian traditional folk dance ensemble “Legends.” The group performed on Montague Street this past Sunday. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

As part of the Georgian theme, “Legends,” a children’s folk dance ensemble, performed while wearing traditional outfits, including the ornately-decorated women’s wool dress and the men’s “chokha,” with bandoliers on the chest and a headdress made of sheep’s wool. The ensemble is part of Dancing Crane, the oldest Georgian cultural center and repertory theater company in New York, located in Gravesend.

“Look what I made!” There were plenty of craft activities during Montague Street’s Father’s Day event. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

Members of the P.S. 8 Junior Theater Club receiving enthusiastic applause for their performance of songs from the club’s recent production, “The Grunch” — a Grinch-inspired musical where a student tries to sabotage the school theater group’s musical.

The P.S. 8 Junior Theater Club performed songs from their recent production, “The Grunch” during the special Father’s Day Open Streets event Sunday. Photo: Mary Frost, Brooklyn Eagle

The day provided plenty of activities for kids, including craft tables sponsored by Chama Mama, Gther Yoga and Brooklyn Trails.

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