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Songs and Stories for Everyone with Award Winning Storyteller Davis Bates

posted Aug 5, 2014, 12:08 PM by Karl Hakkarainen

The Historical Society of Phillipston, Inc., with the support of the Phillipston Cultural Council proudly brings an award-winning family program to town. Storyteller Davis Bates will help us step back in time to experience what was great entertainment before radio, television, or computers entered our lives. The program will take place on Wednesday, August 13, 1024 at 6:30 pm at the Congregational Church of Phillipston located on the Common in Phillipston. The program is free and open to the public.

According to Davis, his performance is tailored to his audience and will include farming stories and songs from the past and present, sea songs and chanteys, Native American stories, ghost stories and family tales. There will also be plenty of audience participation, sing-alongs, a short lesson in how to play music with spoons, and an appearance by a dancing wooden dog named Bingo.

Davis Bates has done over 8,500 performances and was awarded the coveted Parent's Choice Gold Award. He has performed throughout New England and across the country. The one-hour program will be fun and interactive, and will include folk songs and stories. Pete Seeger has called Davis a "genius of a storyteller." And according to Program Committee Chair Carole Gariepy, some Historical Society members took children to see his program in a nearby town last summer and they said, "We didn't want it to end." Please join us on the Common (or in the church) at 6:30 p.m. on August 13th.

The Historical Society of Phillipston, Inc. was established in 2000 as a 501c(3) non-profit organization. The purpose of the Society is to cultivate and encourage an interest in the history of Phillipston and to establish and maintain a museum. The Society renovated the former Methodist Church on State Road as a museum and in 2013 moved it ¼ mile down the Goulding Village site in east Phillipston and is developing the site to showcase the industrial past of the town. In 2007 the Society published The Spirit of Phillipston, a fascinating history of the town - 352 pages and over 700 photos. The book can be purchased from the Society (Tel: 978-939-5656978-939-5656). Throughout the year, the Society holds regular programs that are open to the public.

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