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    Date: May 7, 2019
    Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM EDT
    Event Description:
    The Active Retirement Association (ARA) is proud to present the award-winning singing duo, The Hardtacks, in a program of mid-nineteenth-century music. This event, a joint program with New Hampshire Humanities (www.nhhumanities.org), is free and open to the public. Please join us on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, at the Portsmouth Country Club, 80 Country Club Lane, Greenland, NH, to hear this group’s unique presentation, “Rally ‘Round the Flag: The American Civil War in Folk Music.” The Hardtacks’ program, with a soft start at noon and a formal concert at 12:30 PM, will follow the ARA Annual Meeting and a members-only luncheon. It provides a year-by-year musical look at the politics, personalities, and perspectives that remade a nation in the Civil War era. The Hardtacks -- Marek Bennett and Woody Pringle, who often appear with musician friends – have been together since 2012. From an initial focus on Appalachian banjo and fiddle music, their repertoire has expanded to include parlor music, camp songs, rally cries, spirituals, hymns, bawdy parodies, and more. Their wide-ranging programs engage audiences in immersive explorations of history as a sung, spoken, and lived experience. Showcasing numerous instruments, Pringle and Bennett challenge audiences to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history. In 2016 they were honored with the Stephen C. Foster Arts and Culture Award, bestowed by The Civil War Round Table of the Merrimack, an educational organization focused on the history of the American Civil War era, and in the same year also received a “Best of NH” award from New Hampshire Magazine. Mr. Bennett also is the creator of two graphic novels based on the civil war diary of New Hampshire native Freeman Colby. The Active Retirement Association is supported by annual dues from its approximately 380 members representing over 40 towns and cities in New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. We offer lectures, discussion groups, films, cultural tours, walks/hikes, classes, special-interest groups, and much more! For additional information, visit the ARA website at www.unh.edu/ara, email info@ara-nh.org, or phone Membership Director Geoff McConnell at 603-743-4494. (ARA, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is not affiliated with any political, religious, ethnic, or special interest group.)
    Portsmouth Country Club 80 Country Club Lane Greenland, NH 03840
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