CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal) It’s street festival with a twist! Cultural Chaos is a daylong street festival and block party featuring Cottage Street’s unique food, culture and businesses. Offering music on multiple stages, Cottage Street cuisine, street performances, a Makers Market, Cottage Street Open studios and demonstrations, Cultural Chaos is sure to be fun for all.
We made Mole Negro Tamale with Alberto Lopez from La Casita Azteca and Nash Gallery owner Marlies Stoddard and sculpted pottery with Evelyn Snyder from Kaleidoscope Pottery.
Along with a picturesquely placed piano and ping-pong tables, some of the featured performers, musicians, food locations and more include:
MUSIC: Iroko Nuevo ~ Strictly Bluegrass ~ The Quaboag Vibe ~ The Lonesome Brothers ~ Bruce Korona ~ Abe Loomis ~ ArchGuitar ~ Lauri McNamara ~ Rambling Kind ~ Police Kittens ~ Bill O’Haire ~ The Pineapples ~ Bok Choy Trio ~ and MANY OTHERS
MAKERS MARKET: Barbara Johnson ~ Lynne Adams ~ Eileen Jager ~ Heartfelt Fine Gifts ~ Sage Meadow Farms ~ The Workbench~ Kaleidoscope Pottery ~ Fab Fandangles ~ Piper Glass and Steel ~ Dragonfly Stained Glass Studio
CUISINE: Nini’s Ristorante ~ Amy’s Place ~ Whiskerz Pub ~ La Casita Azteca ~ Christine’s Bean Sprout ~ PopCorn Noir ~ Mt. Tom’s Homemade Ice Cream ~ Tucson & Savannah’s ~ Brass Cat
Performers & Event Makers: Keri Smith ~ The Cat in the Hat ~ Susan Halls ~ Lauren Mills ~ Psychic Fair ~ Seth Lepore ~ House of Mirth Photos ~ Gail Herman ~ Historic and Performance Tours
La Casita Azteca – Alberto Lopez and Holly Barton-Lopez
In 2008, Alberto Lopez and Holly Barton-Lopez opened La Casita Azteca on Cottage Street. With a lively outdoor setting in which you will often find flamenco or live music, La Casita serves-up authentic Mexican food. He uses traditional southern Mexico methods of preparing and cooking- he makes his own tortillas, salsas, moles, and tamales.
Nash Gallery – Marlies Stoddard
The Nash gallery formerly known as the Nashawannuck Gallery opened its doors in 1995. About 60% of the items sold in the Nash Gallery are created by artists and artisans in the region. In the last five years Marlies has transformed the Nash Gallery into a creative destination with monthly exhibitions. She also created the successful Easthampton Plein Air Paint-out, a competition where artists spend a week painting the Easthampton landscape. Stoddard is chair of the Cultural District Subcommittee that is organizing Cultural Chaos. The Nash gallery has become the foremost location in Easthampton for that special gift.
Evelyn Snyder- Kaleidoscope Pottery
Kaleidoscope Pottery, a garden for your table, strives to make pottery that is inspired by the natural world. All of our pottery is handmade from stoneware, and holds up to everyday use. Each piece of lead-free dishwasher safe Leafware is created by hand in their small, New England studio in One Cottage Street Studios. The leaves used for the designs are picked from local gardens and the surrounding area; we use over thirty varieties of leaves. The process involves using the actual leaf impressions, making each piece unique.
Mole Negro Tamale
1 chicken breast
1 lb corn flour
2 cups chicken consume
2 sticks of butter
2 plantain leaves
1 cup homemade or store-bought mole
Boil then shred chicken breast ahead of time
Melt the butter and mix with corn flour, salt and chicken consume.
Beat until smooth.
Put 1 cup of corn flour maza with chicken and mole in the plantain leaves.
Add chicken and mole.
Wrap the mixture and simmer for 1 1/2 hours