Folk musician to perform at historical society’s banquet

LEWISTOWN – History can be preserved in many forms, such as in museums, books, and film. One of the oldest forms of preservation is in songs, especially in folk songs. They not only preserve events of the past, but carry along with them the moods and passions of the events they portray.

One of the premiere folk musicians in Pennsylvania is Jay Smar, who will be the guest presenter at the Mifflin County Historical Society’s spring banquet, to be held at 6 p.m. on April 10 at the Penn Valley Christian Retreat on Ferguson Valley Road.

In the last 10 years, Jay Smar has toured Scotland twice, received recognition from the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival twice, recorded music for the Welsh BBC movie, “The Welsh in America,” and has been selected by the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour to be on their professional touring roster.

Armed with two guitars, baritone vocals, claw-hammer banjo, and fiddling, singing, and flat-footin’ (a form of clog-dancing), Smar serves his audience an “acoustic buffet” of traditional American and original folk, old time mountain music, bluegrass and gospel tunes, as well as coal mining songs of Northeast Pennsylvania preceded by their origin.

The menu is a family-style roast turkey dinner with all the trimmings. The cost is $14 for members and $15 for non-members; children ages 4 to 10 are half price.

For reservations, call the society office at 242-1022 or mail a check to the Mifflin County Historical Society, 1 W. Market St., Lewistown PA 17044. The deadline is April 3.