Long before we learned how to download music from the Internet, people knew how to make music out of whatever raw materials were available. Nowadays, we can reduce, reuse and recycle to make beautiful music from throwaway items like soda pop bottles and toilet paper rolls.
In this presentation, award-winning performer and educator Paula Purnell demonstrates a host of homemade musical instruments while sharing songs from Pennsylvania's past at 7:30 p.m. June 25, at the Folk Meeting House in Springs.
Purnell is an educator and musician from Greensburg. She is cofounder of Sense of Place Learning, and affiliate partner of the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh. Purnell teaches education courses at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and presents workshops and professional development classes on regional history, folk music and arts integration. She has released six albums of original music, including two Parent's Choice award-winning children's albums. Her band, The NewLanders, performs songs by and about the people of western Pennsylvania. Purnell holds a Doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction.
Audience members are invited to play along—and even do a little instrument making of their own. If you would like to make a pop-tars (a recycled stringed instrument), bring along a clean one or two liter plastic bottle.
The program is sponsored by the Springs Historical Society and is a presentation of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. It will be presented in the Folk Meeting House on 1711 Springs Road in Springs. Call 814-442-4594 or go to www.springspa.org for more information.