Historical society, library celebrate in Cushing with BBQ and retro music

Jul 11, 2019
Marc Black

CUSHING — One of America’s premier folk singers, Marc Black, will join the celebration of the Cushing Historical Society’s (CHS) 50th anniversary at its barn on Thursday, July 18. The Cushing Public Library is co-organizing the event, which will include a 5:30 p.m. barbecue followed at 7 p.m. by “A History of the 50s and 60s through Popular Song” by Black. The event is free and open to the public. The organizers are providing the food and ask those attending to provide their own beverage.

CHS’s barn on Hathorn Point Road is an ideal venue for Black’s brilliant blend of social history and musicianship. He has performed and recorded with such figures as Pete Seeger, Art Garfunkel and Richie Havens — and was inducted into the New York Chapter of the Blues Hall of Fame in 2014. The style is nostalgic — a fingerstyle blues — and the entertainment’s subject honors the 1969 founding of the Cushing Historical Society. Black is nevertheless noted for the diversity of his subjects, which sometimes include pointed contemporary topics.

During its 50 years, CHS has collected and preserved documents, artifacts and information related to the the history of Cushing and the preservation of significant landmarks. This program is part of both CHS’s and the public library’s regular series of public events. Information on both is available at cushingmainehistoricalsociety.org and cushing.lib.me.us.

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