2018 Events – Opening Concert and Reception



Singer-songwriter Diane Taraz will perform “A Silver Dagger: Exploring Women’s History Through Folksongs.”IMG_4827

Passed down for generations, folk songs show centuries of attitudes and beliefs that have fascinating echoes in our lives today. Women left few written records, but we can learn much about them through the music they used to speed their work, lift their spirits, or ease an aching heart. With a sparkling voice and wry humor, Diane performs songs of love, childbirth, marriage and adventure in traditional dress and accompanies her singing with lap dulcimer and English guitar (the type of instrument played by women back then). She often sings with voice alone, the most authentic style, exploring the joys and sorrows of a world lit only by fire.

A Pittsfield native, Diane has long made her home in the Boston area, performing extensively throughout New England. She is the director of the Lexington Historical Society Colonial Singers and a longtime member of the Gloucester Hornpipe & Clog Society. Her recordings are available through her website at www.dianetaraz.com.

A reception to celebrate the end of a successful capital campaign and the newly completed restoration of the house will follow the concert.  Refreshments will be served. Attendance is free, though donations are welcome.  For more information, please call 413-528-6888.

See below for some pictures of this wonderful event!

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