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Title: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on June 12, 2018, 03:22:20 PM
Join us for a summer concert series  at the Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington's Alna Center station. The series includes a concert each month during July, August, and September. Park at Sheepscot station (97 Cross Road, Alna) and take the train to Alna Center for the show. Train fare and parking at Sheepscot are included in the ticket price. Advance sale tickets are $15.00/adults, $8.00/kids 4-12, free/kids birth-3. Feel free to bring a blanket and picnic (no alcohol, please).
For tickets and information to the other concerts in this series, please go here:  http://wwfrytickets.simpletix.com/Event-List/ (http://wwfrytickets.simpletix.com/Event-List/)

All Train departs Sheepscot at 5PM sharp! Please arrive early to ensure a relaxed experience. Music at Alna Center is from 5:30PM to 7PM.

Concert information:

Opening Concert July 28 featuring Married with Chitlins
Married with Chitlins is kicking off our 3 concert series! An acoustic music duo comprised of Chris and Liz Lannon, Married with Chitlins perform Traditional American music, Old Time Country and Blues, some Jazz standards and Celtic reels and jigs, with guitar and fiddle with a strong female lead vocal with harmonies but you'll also hear sprinklings of mandolin and harmonica.
Find them on facebook and on reverbnation.
Online ticketing ends 7/27/18.

Second concert August 25 featuring Rough Sawn
This local string band is composed of farmers and carpenters - true salt of the earth people. They are renowned  for their excellent covers of classic country, bluegrass, folk and Western swing as well as timeless originals. They've played local farmers markets, breweries, and other events.  Their four part harmonies are not something you're going to want to miss. You can find Rough Sawn on facebook.
Online ticketing ends 8/24/2018.

Final concert September 8th featuring GoldenOak
GoldenOak is an Indie Soul-Folk band fronted by sibling duo Zak and Lena Kendall. Originally from the Sandy River Valley of Western Maine and now based in Portland, they began to write music and perform in 2014. GoldenOak released their first album, Pleasant St., in 2016 an album they co-wrote with cellist Seth Wegner. The full length album painted a landscape of the duo’s childhood and their experiences growing up and leaving home. The original album with beautiful instrumentation and voice solidified the band as ambassadors of the Maine Folk Scene and earned them praise such as a nomination as “one of Portland's most important upcoming bands” by Dispatch Magazine. Over the last two years, they shared the stage with many notable artists such as Lady Lamb, The Dustbowl Revival, The Ghost of Paul Revere, and The Mallett Brothers Band. In October 2017, GoldenOak released Foxgloves, a 6 track EP that builds on Zak and Lena's folk roots with a remarkable orchestral approach and earthy sound. The band kicked off their Foxgloves release tour with a sold out show at Portland’s One Longfellow Square, and in December, Foxgloves was voted “EP of the Year” by the Portland Music Awards. Zak and Lena record and often tour with fellow musicians and band mates, Seth Wegner (cello), Max Eddington (piano), and Jackson Cromwell (percussion). Find out more at GoldenOakband.com.
Online ticketing ends 9/7/18


Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Bill Sample on June 13, 2018, 04:02:58 PM
Wish we lived closer!
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Bob Springs on June 13, 2018, 04:18:18 PM
Me too!!!
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Gary Kraske on June 13, 2018, 05:21:56 PM
Us too!  We'd be there at all 3 concerts.
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Bill Reidy on June 13, 2018, 10:51:20 PM
Very nice, Steve!
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: John Stone on June 14, 2018, 01:17:55 AM
Cool idea! Sounds like a winner to me!
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: ALAIN DELASSUS on June 14, 2018, 09:52:47 AM
Hi Stephen !
Great idea that Summer Concert Series, Wish we could be there, my wife and I love country classic and blue grass, a music and rhythm that match the chug and roll of an old steam country train so well.
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Pete "Cosmo" Barrington on June 16, 2018, 05:49:22 AM
WOW... this is truly AWESOME!
While I may not have been the first to suggest the idea- (or maybe I was, who knows?) I know I did have and communicated the idea of a musical event utilizing the railroad itself. My idea was more along the lines of a "folk music festival" (which could still happen one day, especially if the concerts are successful,) but this is equally groovy if not better!
I can't tell you how happy it makes me to see the idea picked up and run with!
Hopefully I can get up there to enjoy my two greatest loves, music and trains! :D
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Bill Baskerville on June 17, 2018, 01:11:46 PM
WOW... this is truly AWESOME!  ... :D

I suspect that this, like many other new ideas, is happening because of the energy and enthusiasm of Steve P.  He.and Annie are really great friends of our Railway Museum.
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on July 16, 2018, 04:43:17 AM
Hi All,

If folks are interested in getting tickets for the first summer concert on July 28th featuring acoustic duo 'Married with Chitlins' it is strongly advised to buy those tickets in advance at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com (http://wwfrytickets.simpletix.com).

Not only will you save $ because the advance tickets are $3.00 less, you will also have a guaranteed place for the concert, which we cannot guarantee right before the event.

Get those tickets soon!
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 29, 2018, 10:41:41 PM
The first concert made the Newspaper:
https://wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/wwf-concert-combines-train-travel-music/105296 (https://wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/wwf-concert-combines-train-travel-music/105296)
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Alex Harvilchuck on July 30, 2018, 12:09:21 AM
The first concert made the Newspaper:
https://wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/wwf-concert-combines-train-travel-music/105296 (https://wiscassetnewspaper.com/article/wwf-concert-combines-train-travel-music/105296)

I figured Ed would post the link as soon as I saw the first picture in the article .... I like the coat.

(https://www.wiscassetnewspaper.com/sites/default/local/styles/node_wrap/public/2018/07/field/image/wwfrr1.jpg?itok=U5_T7Uft)
WW&F volunteer conductor Ed Lecuyer welcomes guests
aboard the concert series train.
JANE CARPENTER/Wiscasset Newspaper
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Alex Harvilchuck on July 30, 2018, 12:27:22 AM
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Rough Sawn is an acoustic band based around Portland, Maine. We play covers of classic country, bluegrass, folk, and western swing, as well as originals.

Link to the facebook page for the August 25th band - Rough Sawn from Portland.

https://www.facebook.com/roughsawnband/ (https://www.facebook.com/roughsawnband/)

(https://scontent-iad3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-1/p720x720/13494784_1623627801287047_7059551476682109245_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=a903a5a48cc39929849b1943a892481b&oe=5C0E040B)

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Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Bill Reidy on July 30, 2018, 12:46:03 AM
Ed is great -- as conductor he is a terrific ambassador for our guests.  I was fortunate to watch him in action Saturday.  He also puts up well with my lame jokes (not going to say anything about the angle of his conductor's cap -- I already made a comment about his jacket earlier this year).
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Joe Fox on July 30, 2018, 02:13:53 AM
Over heard a group of people today saying they would have come for the concert last night if they had known about it in time. But being from across the country I don't know how or if this change could be made. Maybe more eye grabbing flyers like the green ones that were out earlier this year?
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on July 30, 2018, 03:13:43 AM
Here's a little bit more about the concert and a description of the feel that the venue provided. Mark Horn, who joined Chris and Liz Lannon on banjo and washboard last night described the venue as feeling kind of "like a medicine show".

The venue felt just right for old-time music and the sound of the band carried all the way to route 218 across Tom Albee's fields. Dave B. lent us a super quiet Honda generator which couldn't even be heard from the concert tent.

Joe makes a great point that we need to get the word out- more. Despite over 150 posters up in the Brunswick to Damariscotta Rte. 1 corridor and more around Warren, Thomaston, Rockland, there is a need to get the word out even more. Tell your neighbors, tell your friends. If they've never been to the Railway because a train ride isn't there thing- remember that this isn't just a train ride.

My thought is that people will come for the concert and be so surprised and enchanted by the railway that they will want to learn more about it. I tried to do that last night in little pieces- some history in the introduction- at the intermisson (and questions) and at the end. This way, we got to carry a bit of the education into the concert itself.

Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Joe Fox on July 30, 2018, 09:12:55 AM
We had a few riders who came for the concert and rode Sunday as well. I didn't get a chance to really talk to them, so that theory is indeed correct.
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 30, 2018, 10:10:13 AM
At the concert, I took a quick poll to see who had visited us previously. The vast majority had not. So this was certainly a good way to make new friends and followers.

Could we put out a small washboard sign the week of the concert at the intersection of Cross/218 with something simple like CONCERT SAT. 5PM ? While a sign on rte 1 would be ideal, even increasing our exposure within Alna would be helpful in promoting special events.
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Alex Harvilchuck on July 30, 2018, 11:00:44 AM
At the concert, I took a quick poll to see who had visited us previously. The vast majority had not. So this was certainly a good way to make new friends and followers.

Could we put out a small washboard sign the week of the concert at the intersection of Cross/218 with something simple like CONCERT SAT. 5PM ? While a sign on rte 1 would be ideal, even increasing our exposure within Alna would be helpful in promoting special events.

How about four small 4'x8' trailer frames with 3 leveling jacks and ballast so it does not blow over.
(https://www.trailersigns.com.au/images/igallery/resized/101-200/4x3.5_side-113-1000-600-90-c.jpg)

Then any small car with a hitch can recover them. Negotiate with business to place the trailer on their property just before the event and removed rapidly afterwards.

Bill of materials:


Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Alex Harvilchuck on July 30, 2018, 11:14:53 AM
Here's a little bit more about the concert and a description of the feel that the venue provided. Mark Horn, who joined Chris and Liz Lannon on banjo and washboard last night described the venue as feeling kind of "like a medicine show".

The venue felt just right for old-time music and the sound of the band carried all the way to route 218 across Tom Albee's fields. Dave B. lent us a super quiet Honda generator which couldn't even be heard from the concert tent.

Joe makes a great point that we need to get the word out- more. Despite over 150 posters up in the Brunswick to Damariscotta Rte. 1 corridor and more around Warren, Thomaston, Rockland, there is a need to get the word out even more. Tell your neighbors, tell your friends. If they've never been to the Railway because a train ride isn't there thing- remember that this isn't just a train ride.

My thought is that people will come for the concert and be so surprised and enchanted by the railway that they will want to learn more about it. I tried to do that last night in little pieces- some history in the introduction- at the intermisson (and questions) and at the end. This way, we got to carry a bit of the education into the concert itself.


The traveling minstrel show....

We need the "Ballad of the Two Foot Railway" written and put to music. It tells the tale of the railway in song, interspersed between verses with narrative.
Something musically simple by memorable along the lines of Ken Burns did with "Ashokan Farewell" https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/09/ashokan-farewell-how-a-20th-century-melody-became-an-anthem-for-the-19th/407263/ (https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2015/09/ashokan-farewell-how-a-20th-century-melody-became-an-anthem-for-the-19th/407263/)

Posters need to go at local stores. Anyplace where people stop and congregate. How about mentions in church bulletins two weeks before the event.
The advertising trailer signs need to be rotated between locations prior to the event.The day of the event use them to direct and draw people into the venue. Temporary so they don't irk the powers that be.

Remember, most people do NOT make up their mind until near the last minute. We need to advertise to both the "long term planner" and to the "spur of the moment" folks!
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Joe Fox on July 30, 2018, 11:23:17 AM
There is already a song called "The Sheepscot Narrow Gauge"
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on July 30, 2018, 11:36:12 AM
From Alna's building code ordinance:

"D. Permanent signs shall conform to the following criteria:
1. Directional signs shall be limited to three square feet and shall not exceed six
in number.
2. Freestanding signs relating to goods and/or services sold on the premises
shall not exceed twelve square feet in area, per sign, and shall be limited to
two signs, which may be two-sided.
3. Temporary signs (garage sales, etc.) shall be permitted for seventy-two hours
only.
4. All existing signs are grandfathered, as long as they conform to State Law."

James and I were talking about signs this weekend. If we could locate a sign at the intersection of Cross Road and 218, it would free up two OBDS signs. At 4'x3' or so we could include a letterboard that lets us post upcoming events (or maybe we could do a separate letterboard.

Another sign could be added at the entrance to our parking lot. It has always bothered me that we don't have one- when the rep came to visit from the Maine Tourism Association came to visit she called from the driveway in front of the house because she didn't know where to go. As the official 'entrance' to the Museum, this should have an eye catching and attractive sign to welcome visitors.

Joe- I've seen the song in the archives- we have the lyrics, but I don't think there was a melody specified.
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Stephen Lennox on July 30, 2018, 12:32:19 PM
The WW&F Two Footer and  Farewell  (Thurlow), page 9-10-11,  "The Sheepscot Narrow Gauge" by F.A. Naray
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Alex Harvilchuck on July 30, 2018, 12:47:19 PM
The WW&F Two Footer and  Farewell  (Thurlow), page 9-10-11,  "The Sheepscot Narrow Gauge" by F.A. Naray

Anyone can get me a copy of the sheet music? Not all of us have a fully-stocked library on hand ....
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Joe Fox on July 30, 2018, 01:43:34 PM
No sheet music that I know of, however there was a group known as The Narrow Gauge band that used to play that song at the WW&F.
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Ed Lecuyer on July 30, 2018, 02:43:38 PM
[topic drift; I feel a split coming soon]

My understanding is that the lyrics to "The Sheepscot Narrow Gauge" were written to be sung to a popular folk melody of the time. Bud Caswell? who sings at some of our events had a thought as to what the melody may have been, but wasn't sure, because the chorus didn't quite line up right.

If we could confirm the melody, I could EASILY produce a modern-day sheet music edition.
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Alex Harvilchuck on July 30, 2018, 05:11:06 PM
[topic drift; I feel a split coming soon]

Just to get it back on topic and the original point....

My thought is that people will come for the concert and be so surprised and enchanted by the railway that they will want to learn more about it. I tried to do that last night in little pieces- some history in the introduction- at the intermisson (and questions) and at the end. This way, we got to carry a bit of the education into the concert itself.

So the thought is to tell the history of the railroad through song and narrative as one of the warm-up acts. I've seen this pulled off elsewhere and it can be real cool. Prairie Home Companion used to do something similarly with a skit or two.

Intersperse lyric-relevant, but short historical narration (call it an aside with the melody playing in the background) between the verses of the song, but it would depend on the content and construction of the lyrics to see if it could be pulled off.

Would best need three people; musician, lyric singer and narrator, but it could be done by one person depending on the instrument used. Hard to sing lyrics when you are playing woodwinds or brass.

I'd be interest in the lyrics and the melody. Pull it off the right way and it could be the museum anthem.
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Alex Harvilchuck on July 30, 2018, 05:36:36 PM
Article in the Boothbay Register ...

Summer concert series begins July 28 at WW&F
https://www.boothbayregister.com/article/summer-concert-series-begins-july-28-wwf/105053 (https://www.boothbayregister.com/article/summer-concert-series-begins-july-28-wwf/105053)
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Joe Fox on July 31, 2018, 01:40:30 AM
Here are the lyrics for "The Sheepscot Narrow Gauge" written by P. Naray

Now if you'll kindly listen,
 I will sing a little song.
It's something new and something true,
and will not detain you long.
It's the latest song, that's out,
 and it is all the rage;
 It's all about the "
"Sheepscot Narrow Gauge"
CHORUS
Hurah. Hurah.
 O, don't you think it's grand.
To hear the little narrow gauge.
 Go grumbling through the land.

Repeat

There's Libby, Fogg, and Crosby,
Those men have got the sand.
I wish the Lord would scatter more
Such fellows through the land.
For we stockholders love then
As we do the  "gentle sex"
For they are going to build a railroad
From Wiscasset to Quebec

Chorus

Old people they will clap their hands
To see the train go by,
And little kids thats teething,
Why they'll forget to cry;
But where it cuts the farm in two
That man will be in rage.
But just the same we're going to have
That Sheepscot Narrow Gauge

Chorus

Some farmers they are kicking now
Because it crosses their farm
But they are going to get their pay
It will not do them harm.
Maine Central folks are kicking, too;
Why now they're in a rage.
It's just because they can't control
The Sheepscot Narrow Gauge.

Chorus

Most people think the narrow gauge
is going to be immense,
But there's a few that voted "No"
That's "kinder on the fence"
We'll grade right up the valleys
And "bust" right through the ledge.
We'll blow things to the Devil,
But we'll have that narrow gauge.

Chorus

All farm produce will take a rise
When that road is complete,
And early rose potatoes they
Will grow as big's your feet.
We'll ship them to Wiscasset,
To C.R. Gates and Page.
At night they'll bring the money back
Upon the Narrow Gauge.

Chorus

We'll have our mail three times a day
Instead of e every night.
And when we get that Narrow Gauge
We're going to have things right
We'll travel o'er this country
No more, by gosh, by stage,
But take a dandy palace car
Upon the Narrow Gauge.

Chorus

We'll telegraph around the world
And have electric lights.
And promenade on Main Street
'Till twelve o'clock at night
We will not mind policemen
Unless they get in rage,
Then we'll skip for Coopers Mills
Upon the Narrow Gauge.

Chorus

We'll take our best girl by the arm
And lead her to the station
It's there we'll wait for the Narrow Gauge
With hearts all palpitation
We'll buy our tickets, pay the cash,
And then we'll board the train
And perhaps we will be married
'Fore we e'er come back again

Chorus

(Theres many more lines, I will update later.)
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Alex Harvilchuck on July 31, 2018, 11:35:40 AM
Awesome on the lyrics!

Let me see if I can pull something off like the Bridge Story.
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Stephen Piwowarski on August 05, 2018, 01:49:29 PM
Okay... Let's get a but more back on target!

Our next concert is coming up fairly quickly on August 25th. This is also an ice cream social day, by the way.

We need to get more posters up. Steve L. I printed up 20 and try are by the sign in at the station. Take as many as you need. Thank you! Also, stores/businesses really like it if you bring your own tape and offer to hang the flyer for them.

In addition, being in as many free event calendars as we can is an excellent way to spread the news. Alex H, I'll send you copy to use if you're still able to work on this.

Everyone- please tell your friends about this concert series and, in fact, all of our events and activities. We are working hard to offer ways for many different people to make a connection with the narrow gauge. Your enthusiasm for it and excitement abot our activities- wanting to share them with others- is what ultimately gets the most people through the door.

As always, we are open to suggestions. Please keep them positive and constructive.

Steve
Title: Re: WW&F Launches its first Summer Concert Series
Post by: Bob Holmes on August 05, 2018, 11:38:24 PM
Steve, did you see the latest issue of Coastal Journal?  Long article on Boothbay Railroad Village focusing on their "Fan Day".  Given the new direction of Coastal Journal, we should be able to get a similar article for WW&F...maybe just pick a special event they would want to emphasize...

Bob