Heritage Music Series – Allan Hopkins – Songs and Stories of the Erie Canal

Approaching the bicentennial of the Erie Canal’s completion in 1825, this is a important time to recognize the canal’s central role in settling and developing Wayne County. Through music and storytelling, Allan Hopkins traces the Erie Canal’s course from Albany to Buffalo – through the many “ports” and “basins” that have become our rural towns and urban centers.
The “E-ri-ee” carried a rich cargo of music –– songs we still sing today, other songs that have faded from our ears, telling of the canal’s construction, of its ceremonial opening, of canal boat tasks and troubles, of the legendary “canal cooks,” and of the hard times, good times, and pastimes that made up its history. Allan will perform in period garb on canal-era antique instruments. With a keen ear and deep respect for the styles and subjects of our Erie Canal past –– and present, Allan promises the audience many choruses to join in singing along!
This event requires admission fee to the Wayne County Fair.
The concert will be at the Front Porch of Floral Hall. This program has been made possible by a grant from the Robert G. Boehmler Community Foundation and through the generous contributions of our Wayne County Bicentennial Sponsors and other Bicentennial donors.


Aug 16 2023


2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Wayne County Fairgrounds Palmyra
West Jackson St, Palmyra, NY 14522

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