Keeping Pa. music, art forms alive
The Easton Municipal Band, the Fusion Jazz Trio, Kari Holmes, Nakked Soul and A few Good Men of PA filled the Sunday afternoon with music at Ag Hall when the Allentown Fairgrounds hosted The Great Pennsylvania Music & Arts Celebration May 25 and 26.
It was all part of the celebration of music and arts with roots in Pennsylvania.
The evening performance featured Hector Rosado y Orquesta Hache.
Outside, Dave Fry entertained a small group of attendees, including fan Chris Andrews, a librarian from Emmaus.
“They are my friends and I am here to support them,” Andrews said.
Multitalented Hub Willson stepped from the audience and took a turn at the keyboard with Fry. Willson is a photographer and painter, as well as a musician.
On the Harris Hall Craft Stage inside Ag Hall, Keith Britzenhoff entertained with some unusual instruments, including the dulcimer. Besides entertaining with his musical talent, he kept his audience smiling with his Pennsylvania Dutch stories and homilies. Britzenhoff said he teaches a three-credit course in the Pennsylvania Dutch language at Kutztown University.
One of Britzenhoff’s interesting accounts of cultural history explained the origin of the phrase of “pieces of eight” as the result of American colonists cutting gold Spanish doubloons into eight pieces to make smaller monetary values.
Children and light-hearted adults colored their own hex signs in stations set up outside the main doors of Ag Hall.
According to the website freepages.rootsweb.com, “the motifs used in various hex designs seem to have universal meaning, such as using hearts for love, tulips for faith and the eagle for strength.”
The interactive display of hex-symbol outlines invited would-be artists to try their hand at coloring the ancient symbols made famous by Pennsylvania barns.
Martin McAllister watched as his son, Trevor, colored in a hex.
Cindy Ardon, visiting from North Carolina, and her friend Jesille Flores, now of Allentown also enjoyed the hex-symbol art project.
Hand-painted hex symbols were on sale at a booth inside the Ag Hall, where artist Rachel Yoder of Boyertown and her daughter staffed a display.
Boyer also does what she called “fraktur” art.
Delicately styled woven wheat straw turned into artwork under the hand of Pat DeVries, who can also be seen selling her creations on some days at the Farmer’s Market.
Carol Dorr from “near Kutztown” was stitching what she called “a 1920s vintage crib quilt” design onto a quilt stretched across an antique frame. She uses old frames and “no machine quilting” in her work.
According to its website, the Pennsylvania’s Music Preservation Society was established in 2015 to ensure that traditional and emerging Pennsylvania musicians, music, artisans, and art forms find new audiences, and that Pennsylvania’s historic and ongoing musical and artistic contributions be recognized.