Ride the WW&F from Sheepscot Station (97 Cross Road, Alna) to Alna Center on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 6 p.m. for a fascinating look into popular music in New England at the turn of the 20th century. Adam Boyce of West Windsor, Vermont will be portraying “The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer.”
Born in Washington, D.C. in 1871, Charles Ross Taggart grew up in Topsham, Vermont, living in Newbury, Vermont for many years. Starting in 1895, he became a musical humorist, performing in various lyceum and Chautauqua circuits all over North America for more than 40 years, starting in 1895, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua bureau of Chicago, Illinois. Taggart made at least 40 recordings with the Victor, Edison, and Columbia companies and appeared in a 1923 phono-film “talkie” four years before Al Jolson starred in “The Jazz Singer.” Charles Ross Taggart passed away on July 4, 1953 in Kents Hill and is buried in Readfield.
Living history presenter Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, c. 1936, sharing recollections on his life, with some live fiddling and humorous sketches interspersed.
Tickets are: $15/adults, $10/children - free for ages 3 and under. They are available online at wwfrytickets.simpletix.com and at Sheepscot Station the day of the event.
Sponsored by the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway in partnership with the Juniper Hill School.