Brooklyn likes to celebrate its celebrity children once a year at the Welcome Back to Brooklyn Homecoming Festival every summer, but in 2001, Broadway's Tony Award-winning diva Lilias White will receive the honor of a brick in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Celebrity Path. June 10, she will join the newest star inductees in the walk of fame located next to the Japanese Hill-and-Pond Garden.
The 135 bricks, designed by artist April Kinser, featured bronze plaques inscribed with the name of the Brookly son or daughter and the phrase "The greatness of Brooklyn is its People." Past Celebrity Path stars include Walt Whitman, Jackie Robinson, Jimmy Smits, Mary Tyler Moore and Woody Guthrie.
Inducted alongside White will be comedian Pat Cooper, lawyer and author Alan M. Dershowitz, writer Pale Marshall and folksinger son of Woody Guthrie, Arlo. The latter will be the Brooklyn Homecoming King.
For information on the festival and the ceremony, call (718) 855-7882, ext. 46. The Welcome Back to Brooklyn Festival is on the web at http://www.brooklynX.org.
— By Christine Ehren