Monday, June 1, 2009

“Bindlestick” in Beacon June 13

Bill Fiore, also known as “Bindlestick,” will present a program of songs, jokes, and stories about the Hudson River at 11 a.m. Saturday June 13 at the Howland Cultural Center in Beacon. The program is part of the center’s year-long Quadricentennial commemoration.

Here is their release:

“Bindlestick” is a traveling troubadour who walks into towns all along the Hudson River and sets up camp. With his black hat slightly tilted to one side and his bindlestick resting on his right shoulder, Bill Fiore gathers young and old together for song and laughter. His original songs, containing educational concepts, are reminiscent of long ago with a blend of folk, jazz, ragtime, and a touch of the blues. This event is Bill Fiore’s third return to the Howland Cultural Center and his program will feature songs and stories about the Hudson River. If one listens carefully, you might overhear “Bindlestick” talking with his traveling companion, “Professor Sock-ra-tease.” Sockratease loves to share his extensive knowledge about the River; it’s hard to believe that a sock monkey could be so smart!

For more than twenty years, “Bindlestick” has entertained, amused, and enlightened audiences. He has performed with Pete Seeger, at Pier 40 in New York City, and with Tom Chapin during several Earth Day celebrations. Although big crowds can be fun for “Bindlestick”, his favorite concerts continue to be small gatherings at local libraries, art centers, bookstores, children’s museums, and train stations.

In keeping with the Howland Cultural Center’s mission of providing families with affordable events for children, this program is also FREE for children, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Adults may bring as many children as they wish for an adult ticket of $8.00.

A reception for children to meet “Bindlestick” will take place following the performance.

The Howland Cultural Center is located at the east end of Main Street in Beacon. For further information and/or directions, please call 845-831-4988.

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