Civil War Music Ushers in Summer Garden Series

CBB_Formal_2On Wednesday at 5:30pm, MHS kicks off its four-session Summer in the Garden series with a very special treat — a six-piece Serenade Band, part of Portland’s Centennial Brass Band, playing Civil War era music on period horns.

The Centennial Brass Band, which was founded in 1975, recreates a town band of the 1850-1875 period. Their repertoire includes pieces taken from existing Civil War band books, as well as from other archival sources.

Bandmaster Jon Hall will provide a historical narrative between selections, talking about the role of music in that era, and during the Civil War in particular.

The sextet will be set up in front of the Brown Library. Seating is very limited and is first-come, first-served along the walkway in front of the Library. Light refreshments will be provided. In case of rain, the event moves to the lecture hall.

Three additional Summer in the Garden programs take place on succeeding Wednesdays. They are:

Annie FinchJuly 24 – The Poetry of Summer: Annie Finch and Her Favorite Poets in the Garden

Maine poet and USM Stonecoast MFA Director Annie Finch performs her own work along with some of her own favorite summer poems by poets including Keats, Millay, and of course, Longfellow. A book sale and signing will follow the reading. Held in partnership with Stonecoast MFA Program/Writers Conference.

July 31 – Maine’s Favorite Birds

Jeffrey V. Wells and Allison Childs Wells, authors of Maine’s Favorite Birds (Tilbury House, 2012), share fascinating facts, stories, and images about some of Maine’s best known and most loved feathered creatures. The talk will appeal to anyone who wants to know and better appreciate the birds they are most likely to spot around Maine. A book sale and signing will follow the talk.

IMG_0009_2August 7 – Hands-On Historic Gardening: A Workshop with Jeff O’Donal

O’Donal’s Nursery owner Jeff O’Donal leads a hands-on exploration of the issues and opportunities in maintaining or re-creating a historic garden using the Longfellow Garden as a laboratory. Participants will be introduced to a variety of locally-available plantings. This program is free but pre-registration is required. Please call 774-1822 x215 or email lvpicard@mainehistory.org to register. Held in partnership with the Longfellow Garden Club.

More information about these and other summer programs can be found on MHS’s Programs and Events page.

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