We all have our favorite patriotic songs that have been cherished over multiple generations, and on July 11, 2018, the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses will host American Patriotic Songs over the Ages. Presented by “Ramblin’ Richard,” this entertaining and informative program, which begins at 5:30 pm, brings to light the fascinating and unfamiliar stories about some of our most beloved American songs including: “You’re a Grand Old Flag,” “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” “America the Beautiful,” and many more. What, for example, is the connection between “God Bless America” and the song originally known as “God Blessed America for Me.” Richard sings the songs and tells stories about how the songs came to be and their significance at the time they first appeared.
Richard Kruppa, known musically as “Ramblin’ Richard,” is a member of the New England Foundation for the Arts, and is a retired professor who studied Gospel and American folk music. He tells the stories and sings the songs while accompanying himself on guitar, 5 string banjo and baritone ukulele. He is an active musician who makes more than 300 performances each year, and his special hour-long programs have been presented at more than 100 libraries, historical societies and museums around the region.
Cost: $10.00 donation to the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses. Please register as space is limited.