The Historical Society of Woodstock is set to present a series of events to complement the exhibit, Woodstock Music: In Tune with the Times, 1600 – Present, previewing at the Eames House Museum, 20 Comeau Drive, Woodstock, on June 15 from noon to 4 pm, with a talk and performance by Woodstock musician Rennie Cantine. The Exhibit will be open June 29 to September 1st on Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 pm.
Not to be confused with the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, NY, the Historical Society of Woodstock celebration will look back at the music of the Northern Delaware tribes of the 1600s to the musicians of today. In addition to indigenous music, the Exhibit will include church hymns, songs of the workers in the 1800s, music of the early 1900’s art colony, mid- century folk music, and the explosion of folk, rock and other contemporary music in the 1960s and 70s up to the present. Although it did not take place in the Town, the 1969 Woodstock festival will be included.
The Exhibit Preview on June 15, noon to 4 pm, features Woodstock musician Rennie Cantine speaking about his experiences. Cantine, the founder of the popular Woodstock Guitar Festival, fronts for the band Rip Van Ren and performs in a duet with Sabrina Miller. He and Sabrina will perform together at the June 15 preview. The Preview is a NYS Path Through History event.
The Grand Opening of the exhibit Woodstock Music: In Tune with the Times, 1600-present, on Saturday, June 29 from 2 to 4 pm at Eames, 20 Comeau Drive, will feature live music by the Rennie Cantine/Sabrina Miller duet. HSW’s delicious homemade refreshments will be available. The exhibit is open from 1 to 5 pm.
The Opening celebration continues at the Woodstock Community Center, 56 Rock City Road at 7:30 pm. The presentation, Woodstock Music: Colonists, Warriors, Witches, uses instruments, song, and shadow puppetry to explore the music history of the Woodstock NY area from the 1600’s through the early 1900’s.
The Bows and Chords Studio Orchestra, comprising violin, viola, and guitar students of Katie Jeannotte, Strings Teacher in Shokan, will be joined by friends and family, instrumentalists and singers of all ages. The Gnomon Shadow Theater, a family-owned company based in Saugerties, performed “Shadows of the Catskills” in 2008. That performance inspired much of the material used in “Colonists, Warriers, and Witches.” Refreshments will be availablie. $5 suggested donation.
A Panel Discussion on The Impact of Music on Woodstock Culture will be held July 13, starting at noon at Applehead Studio, 1835 Route 212, Saugerties. Panelists will include Gilles Malkine, Happy Traum, Michael Birnbaum, Barbara Pickhardt and Rennie Cantine. Woodstock town historian Richard Heppner will moderate.
A performance by the Rock Academy Alumni and Liz Mitchell with Nancy Chusid will be held August 3 at 7 pm, at the Christian Science Church, 85 Tinker St., admission is $10.
Bill Horne, author of The Improbable Community: Camp Woodland and the American Democratic Ideal will present a lecture with music at a book signing on August 24 at noon, at the Eames House, 20 Comeau Drive. Free admission.
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