August 3-4, 2019 10:00am (Camp open to the public)
26th Annual Bucktail Reunion – Civil War Encampment (Myerstown, PA)
Rich will join members of the Pennsylvania Bucktails Regiment reenactment units at this special weekend event
Rich will focus his living history presentations in the persona of a Pennsylvania German canal boatman who worked on the nearby Union & Schuylkill canals – a published occupation of some of the members of the 149th and 150th. His presentations will be complete with stories and songs of life on the canal intertwined with the history of the Bucktails.
Other presentations during the weekend include live music by the 2nd South Carolina String Band including a Saturday evening concert).
The Bucktail Reunion event is free to the public and all are welcome to visit Bucktail Camp at the Myerstown Borough Park. Rich’s presentation will be at the Isaac Meier Homestead (524 S. College St., Myerstown).
For further updates, see the Annual Bucktail Reunion Facebook page.
August 24, 2019
River & Rails Festival (Cumberland, MD)
Rich will be presenting three programs at this family festival at Canal Place in Cumberland (MD) focusing on the C&O Canal and its connection to the railroad and coal mining. One program will be an all-music program of the songs of the canalers, railroad gandy dancers and coal miners. All programs will be between 10:30am-3pm on Saturday August 24 (more details to come).
For more information about the festival, see https://www.times-news.com/news/local_news/river-rails-festival-to-return-to-canal-place/article_1976f92e-d442-5025-8e0f-e708fd5808f8.html