Arts & Leisure

Celebrate Vermont history through song

SINGER LINDA RADTKE and pianist Ernest Drown will perform Vermont songs from the sheet music collection at the Vermont History Center on Aug. 30, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., on the Vergennes green. Free.

VERGENNES — Round out your summer with an entertaining and enlightening program of Vermont songs on Aug. 30, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., on the Vergennes green.
From the 1798 “The Green Mountain Farmer” to the 1923 campaign song “Keep Cool and Keep Coolidge,” singer Linda Radtke, accompanied by pianist Ernest Drown, will sing and talk about Vermont songs from the sheet music collection at the Vermont History Center.
Of special local interest, the program will include Vergennes resident Edwina Flint’s contest winner, “Visit Vermont,” Pauline Arnold’s 1959 “Champlain Festival Song,” and other songs about Lake Champlain. Honoring Rokeby Museum’s history as a center for abolition work, Radtke will also present some Vermont songs from the Civil War era, as well as a special set marking the centennial of the 19th amendment, which gave women the right to vote. 
This concert is sponsored by Rokeby Museum and Vermont Humanities in collaboration with Vergennes Partnership. Admission is free. Wear a mask and honor social distancing recommendations. Rokeby will host lawn games at 3 p.m., so come early for croquet and badminton.

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