Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Fiddlin' Around at the Library


In other times, when money was scarce, before TV and Wiis, people entertained themselves with simple, inexpensive community activities such as socials, picnics and barn dances. Now that money is scarce again, maybe it's time to revisit those simple pleasures. Thanks to a generous donation from Merrimack Friends and Families, the library is reviving these activities for an evening of fun.

Fiddler and educator Ellen Carlson and dance caller Mary Dellea will visit the library at 6:30 pm on Thursday, May 7. This interactive program will showcase participation of all in folk styles as a community activity. Ellen will demonstrate the melting pot of traditional fiddle music and its historical developments to the present day. The program will showcase southern, northern, Cajun, Celtic, western swing, country, bluegrass, folk, rock and jazz styles.

Mary will complement the fiddling by leading the audience in singing, handclapping games and hamboning. For the spry and willing, the evening will conclude with a short barn dance. All ages are invited to this program, so we will conclude around 8 pm for those who have to go to school the next day.

We can be flexible with numbers for this event, but registration helps us know how many chairs to set up and how many munchies we need, so if you plan to attend, let us know by calling 424-5021 or emailing.

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