is here. And magic. Trees are still budding out, but in planters on the street flowers bloom.
At Hekate, a “sober bar” on Manhattan’s lower east side, there is a little of all three.
The music is the band Maputi, with Nora Balaban on the mbira, Banning Eyre on guitar and Rima Fand playing violin. Traditional Zimbabwean rhythms, lulling, hypnotic. Trance music.
The magic, served up by a witchy wench of a bartender, consists of elixirs designed to elevate your mood.
I find The Healer refreshing enough to quaff in one gulp: Apothekary’s Blue Me Away, lemonade, seltzer and lavender simple syrup. Don’t try this at home. Or if you do, make sure you invite me over.
The madness? That would come at 1 pm, 7 days a week, when the wannabe druids “gather to listen to the trees” at Corlears Hook Park on the East River. “They are smarter than us! They have been here longer!”
But is that really so crazy? I’d like to join the assembly with a Healer in a thermos and Maputi rocking my earbuds.
Spring. It’s here.