Tuesday, December 20
Doors Open @ 6pm / Concert Begins @ 6:30pm
$12 Museum Members / $15 Public
Balladeer Linda Russell and her trio present a holiday concert that brings life to Christmas Past. Christmas was outlawed by the Puritans of New England in 1659. Yet, the Englishman, John Smith noted a very merry celebration held by the settlers of Jamestown. Christmas in Colonial times was kept – or not kept – according to one’s religious background and country of origin. This joyous and heartfelt presentation explores the traditions of the holiday in early America through English carols, American folk hymns, dance tunes and drinking songs. Quotes from diaries, poems, toasts and wassail recipes are interspersed with music played on hammered dulcimer, mountain dulcimer, pennywhistle and limberjack.
Wassail refers to a variety of things in Old England. Wassail, meaning “to be in good health” or “to be fortunate” could be used to toast to a person’s health. One could also go wassailing, and sing carols from home to home. Wassail was also a drink made with spices served during the holidays. Warm-up with your own cup of Wassail when you attend the holiday concert!
Tickets must be purchased in advance and will include one wassail drink. You will be sent a confirmation email following ticket purchase.
Having served for many years as a balladeer for the National Park Service at Federal Hall on Wall Street, the site of Washington’s inauguration, Linda Russell now takes her music to historic sites, schools, libraries and festivals throughout the country. New York City appearances have included Lincoln Center and the Carnegie Hall Folk Festival. She has recorded eight albums of traditional and popular music of America’s past including: Sing We All Merrily on Rounder Records and Christmas Past on the Helicon Record label.