Wednesday October 5, 2016 MILFORD TOWN HALL BANQUET ROOM
6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
“Ramblin’ Richard” presents a program of songs and stories relating to John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of Wrath,” this year’s NEA Big Read and representing the era of the Dust Bowl and the economic depression of the 1930s.
The program includes the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” the song that spawned the title of Steinbeck’s book. Other songs in the program include “Tom Joad,” and other tunes mentioned in the book and from those times, such as “So Long it’s Been Good to Know You,” written as the worst of all the dust storms swept through the Southern Plains in 1935, and “Do Re Mi”that expresses the plight of the “Okies” who traveled west looking for a better life- families just like the Joads. Richard sings the songs, accompanying himself on guitar, banjo and baritone ukulele, and tells their stories, explaining how they are tied to and represent the book and the times.
The NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, Fireseed Alliance, Crotched Mountain, NH Humanities and the Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce.
This event will be held at the Milford Town Hall Banquet Room. Use the entrance on Middle Street and take the elevator to the 3rd floor. REGISTER TODAY!