October 2023 – Historical Societies
I’m grateful to have four historical society gigs this month, in addition to playing at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, farmers’ markets, and churches (full schedule here):
- Friday, October 6, 4 PM – Songs of the Abolitionists – The movement to abolish slavery in the US gave rise to a wealth of songs. I’ll present some of them, prioritizing Black voices first, for the Pejepscot History Center in a program at the United Baptist Church, 1 Elm St., Topsham, ME. Tickets: $8 PHC members; $12 general admission. Refreshments follow the performance. Book here or call 207-729-6606.
- Wednesday, October 18, 7 PM – Marxophone & Beyond: Vintage Fretless Zithers – Hear the Marxophone, tremoloa, ukelin, violin-guitar, Apollo harp, dolceola, Phonoharp No.1, Harp-O-Chord, and more in this program for the Kennebunkport Historical Society at their Town House School, 135 North St., Kennebunkport, ME. $15 KHS members; $18 general admission. Book here.
- Saturday, October 21 – Marxophone & Beyond: Vintage Fretless Zithers – Hear those whimsical instruments in this presentation for the Buxton-Hollis Historical Society, 100 Main St. (Route 4A), Bar Mills, ME. Hearty fare and desserts will accompany a short 6 PM business meeting, followed by the program. Suggested donation $10; seniors $8.
- Sunday, October 22, 1 PM – Vintage Grange Songs – The Grange has a rich heritage of song, with a number of songbooks published starting in 1874. I’ll share some of these songs celebrating agriculture, rural life, and the pursuit of the common good in a presentation for the Arundel Historical Society at the Arundel Municipal Building, 257 Limerick Rd., Arundel, ME. Suggested donation: AHS members $8; non-members $10.