Crvnetters may be interested in the following presentation, which is
free and open to the public.
For more information about the presentation, please contact Lauren
Moye at the Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium as listed below.
The Center does not have any additional information.
Contact: Lauren Moye, 802-748-2372
Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium
1302 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819-2224
web site: www.fairbanksmuseum.org
Popular Songs and Stories of the 1800s in the
Fairbanks Museum Garden on Saturdays from July 3 to August 21
Many people are familiar with the song "Old Dan Tucker," and its
memorable refrain, "Get out de way, Old Dan Tucker! You're too
late to come to supper." Written by Dan Emmett, who also wrote
"Dixie," the song was published in 1843 and was extremely popular
during that era. Emmett was a founding member of the first
minstrel troupe, The Virginia Minstrels, and the song is typical of
those sung by early American blackface minstrels.
During July and August, Fairbanks Museum Weekend Manager
Daniel Partner will create a fictional character named Old Dan
Tucker based on this song. "Old Dan Tucker's Come to Town" will
be held on Saturdays from July 3 through August 21 in the
Museum's back garden. Admission to the presentation is free, and
people are invited to bring their own picnic lunches to enjoy.
Playing a tin whistle, a banjo, a tambourine, and other period
instruments, Partner will perform the songs of Emmett, Stephen
Foster, and other popular composers of the era, including patriotic
songs and ballads. Partner will also tell stories and tales of the
time in a presentation that is suitable and entertaining for both
children and adults. Dressed in clothes authentic to the era,
including a three-piece linen sack suit constructed from a period
pattern, period shoes, and straw hat, Partner will portray this
archetypal character with verisimilitude. Even Partner's banjo is
authentic to the period. It was made with hand tools and its
patterned after one built in the 1840s.
Partner explained, "I've been developing the idea of telling American
history and stories with music for about two years and settled on
the era between 1830 and 1865. This was the adolescence of
America; a time of phenomenal growth and change, when issues
emerged which we still grapple with today: race, class, economic
development, and much more. American popular music came into
its own at this time, and baseball appeared! It was a rich and
interesting era, which I hope to convey a bit about through the
wonderful music and stories of the time."
Daniel Partner is a writer and musician who lives in Peacham,
Vermont. He serves as the weekend manager of the Fairbanks
Museum & Planetarium where he presents the planetarium show
every Sunday afternoon. Partner received training in theater at the
Goodman Theater of the Art Institute of Chicago.
For more information about "Old Dan Tucker's Come to Town,"
please call the Museum at 802-748-2372.
Kelly Dutra, Secretary
Center for Research on Vermont
and Vermont Studies Program
589 Main Street, Nolin House
University of Vermont
Burlington, VT 05401-3439
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