This is a Community Announcement from the Center for Transformative Action about Mama’s Comfort Camp. It was not written by The Ithaca Voice. To submit community announcements, please send them to Matt Butler at

“How are the Caregivers?” Day is a free community festival celebrating the voices of parents and caregivers. In this special full day program, Mama’s Comfort Camp Support Network (a nonprofit project of the Center for Transformative Action) is celebrating our 10th anniversary with a community call to action, urging individuals, elected officials, and institutions to recognize the question “How are the Caregivers?” as a cornerstone of how we make decisions and allocate resources. The programs of the day will include art, crafts, music, dance, poetry, and a comedy show of season 3 of “Motherhood is a Joke.” Please join us! We promise to move you, make you laugh, cry, laugh again, and dance in the street in celebration of caregivers!

Caregivers Day is an evolution of the “Listen to the Mothers Celebration”, our successful program at Firelight Camps on Mother’s Day 2021, This year we designed the event for accessibility and inclusion, creating a free festival in walkable downtown Ithaca

Festival Program
Saturday, May 7 at Press Bay Alley

1:00pm          Sing Me A Story! Read Me A Song! Cal Walker & John Simon  

(Presented by the Children’s Reading Connection)

2:00pm         Odyssey Choir  (Presented by Opus School of Music)

2:30pm          The GIAC Jumpers

3:15pm        “We Are Family” FlashMob dance (all welcome!)
                 GIAC Jumpers and SsCC “Revolutionary!” 

4:00pm         “Uncommon Caregiving” Poets’ Tribute to Kirby Edmonds
5:15pm        Advocacy, Mayoral Proclamation, and more

5:40pm        10th Anniversary Cake (Presented by Rashida Sawyer Bakery)
6:00pm         “Motherhood is a Joke”  (Presented by Mama’s Comfort Camp)

8:00pm          Bead N Bone reggae band (indoors, at Sacred Root Kava Lounge)

Throughout the Day:
Activities in the Art Tent, conversations in the Listening Tent, craft and food vendors.
Click here for our vendor application:

Rain Location: even the weather can’t stop us! In case of inclement weather, the activities will relocate to Sacred Root Kava Bar and Tea Lounge, right next door at 103 South Geneva Street.

Motherhood is a Joke Featured Comics are: Phoebe Brown, Shira Evergreen, Alina Kim, Serenna McCloud, Katie O’Connor, Dee Smith. Special Guest: Leslyn McBean-Clairborne
Emcee: Yael Saar (Program Creator)

Uncommon Caregiving tribute poets: Laura Branca, Rafa Aponte, Anna Bartel, Michelle Courtney Berry, Jhakeem Haltom, Taili Mugambee, Christa Núñez, Dr. Nia Nunn, Holly Payne, Yael Saar, Ian Micky Shapiro.