NORTH CREEK - The Adirondack Museum would like to give locals the opportunity to begin the New Year with an afternoon of engaging tunes and tales. Join the staff of the Adirondack Museum for "Working for the Man: Songs and Stories of Adirondack Lumberjacks and Miners."
The special program will be held at the Tannery Pond Community Center in North Creek on Sunday, Jan. 10 at 3:30 pm. There will be no charge for museum members and children of elementary school age or younger. The fee for non-members is $5.
The historic work of loggers and miners was framed by dangerous conditions, back breaking work, long hours, and low pay. Although daily life was hard and often heartbreaking, it was also filled with music, laughter, stories, and strong community ties.
"Working for the Man" will feature musician Lee Knight singing traditional ballads of logging, mining, and rural life. Museum Educator Christine Campeau will join Knight to share historic photographs, artifacts from museum collections, and stories of work, family, and life in Adirondack logging and mining communities.
Born in the Adirondacks, Lee Knight now lives in Cashiers, North Carolina. He is a singer, storyteller, song collector, and teacher of folklore, folk life, and folk music. He performs regularly at concerts, folk festivals, and summer camps, where he tells stories, sings ballads, and calls dances. He has appeared with Pete Seeger, Jean Ritchie, Bill Monroe, Alan Lomax, and many others. He will play traditional hand-made instruments.
Following the program, Lee Knight will perform at the Copperfield Inn from 4:30 - 6 pm.
Christine Campeau, the Adirondack Museum's School Program Manager and Museum Educator, is known throughout the region for lively school outreach programs that are object-based and provide authentic hands-on experiences. She holds a B.A. from SUNY Potsdam and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Place-based Education and Museum Studies through Skidmore College's Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program.
"North Creek Songs and Stories" has been made possible through the generosity of Creative Stage Lighting Co., Inc., the Copperfield Inn, Jim and Carolyn Hutchins, Jane Castaneda, and the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation.